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Rockwell on Rockwell: How I Make a Picture Hardcover – November, 1979

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Pubns (November 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082302380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023806
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anthony J. Peters on February 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have extensive library, including nearly every book on Norman Rockwell, and this one is my favorite next to his autobiography "MY ADVENTURES AS AN ILLUSTRATOR". This book, "ROCKWELL ON ROCKWELL," is lavishly illustrated, and more importantly, Rockwell walks the reader thru his working methods from sketching ideas to the finished painting. Very informative to both the art student and the working professional artist/illustrator.
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This book is an amazing look into the methods used by Norman Rockwell to achieve the iconic Americana illustrations he produced for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines during the golden age of illustration. This is a must have for any illustrator interested in this genre. It delivers EXACTLY what it promises.
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This book has it's pluses and minuses. Norman Rockwell does tell you his steps of procedure for creating a painting. These are the chapters: Getting the picture idea, How to select models, The importance of detail, Poses and Props, Making the charcoal drawing, Making the color sketch, The final painting.

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.
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Rockwell is "God" for me as an artist and painter. No disappointment with this book. Well worth the money I paid for it. Great insights on how he handled the models and brought the work together.
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