- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill Pubns (November 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082302380X
- ISBN-13: 978-0823023806
- Package Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rockwell on Rockwell: How I Make a Picture Hardcover – November, 1979
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"I try to use each line, tone, color . . . each person, facial expression, gesture . . . for one supreme purpose - to tell a story." And here Norman Rockwell tells the story - in his own words and pictures - behind the creation of the paintings that have made him America's most beloved artist. Written at the peak of Rockwell's career and never available before in any bookstore, this intimate and inspiring book is now available to the public for the first time - the most revealing book on this great artist because the author is Rockwell himself. Open this lavishly illustrated book and you'll see Rockwell in action, surrounded by his friends, his models and all the unpublished sketches and studies that show the artist's mind at work. You'll step into Rockwell's studio in Arlington, Vermont, meet the neighbors who were models for hundreds of his unforgettable characters; see him direct his "actors" to produce just the right facial expressions and strike the most telling pose to convey joy, outrage, or just a sneeze. You'll learn how he searched out the right locations, props, and costumes for the authentic Rockwell look - literally buying clothes off people's backs to clothe the models for HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Most fascinating of all, Rockwell tells (and shows) you how he conceived the ideas for his famous paintings and then developed a picture like, "The First Day of School," from the earliest doodles through more elaborate drawings and color studies to the final, immortal painting. Every page of HOW I MAKE A PICTURE glows with Norman Rockwell's enthusiasm, humor, creativity, and affection for the typical Americans who fill his canvasses - and who have loved his work for many years. Radiant with Norman Rockwell's personality - in words, drawings, and paintings - HOW I MAKE A PICTURE is the great illustrator's ultimate self-portrait. 176 pages. 10 x 13 inches. Over 50 color plates and over 400 black and white illustrations. Index.
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All of these chapters are very informative: lots of writing, sketches, preliminary photos, examples, and color pictures. My only problem is with the very last chapter: how to make the actual painting. He explains everything you need to know, but all the pictures in this chapter are in black and white. He explains each step in detail: the monochrome under-painting, the color lay in, harmonizing the colors, another layer of color, and the details. But the black and white photos of this one painting that he is walking us through, they all look basically the same, because you can't see the colors. He says things like, "Look at the warmth of the Mars Violet". "Notice how the red dress does not overwhelm the face". "I changed the mans jacket from cool gray to warm gray". The photos accompanying this tell us nothing. I think the publisher must have thought that no one was actually going to bother reading that far into the book, or even actually care how Rockwell does it. But this is the whole point of the book, so I feel cheated by the publisher.
On the other hand, there is a TREMENDOUS amount of information on the preliminaries. And in the final chapter, you can tell he does the standard under-painting, first layer and second layer, so it's not a complete mystery, even if the color pictures don't show it.
He also has a summary version of his steps of procedure at the end of the book "Norman Rockwell Illustrator", by Arthur Guptill, first published in the 1940's. If you can't afford this book, Norman Rockwell Illustrator is on Amazon for a few pennies or a few dollars, and that last chapter will get you going in the right direction.
Norman Rockwell's technique was not really a secret. In fact, it was very standard. The trick is, he could just do it better than everybody else. But it does not hurt knowing what he did so that you don't have to re-invent the wheel.