- 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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Rockwell on Rockwell: How I Make a Picture Hardcover – November, 1979
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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.Read more ›
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The contents of the book were excellent. However, the book has a extremely strong mildew odor. Being forced to read it outdoors, the smell continued make me nauseous. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Wayne Fitzsimons
This is the compilation of Rockwells writings for his brief tenure at the Famous Artist School. The lessons presented are a thorough and systematic explanation of his approach. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Rico Lebrun
The book is an excellent insight into the way Rockwell generated and composed his ideas. In hindsight if one is familiar with his work, it makes perfect sense. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by arrrtist