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100 Things Every Artist Should Know: Tips, tricks & essential concepts Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Whether you’re just beginning to explore your artistic side or you’re an experienced artist looking for a comprehensive reference, 100 Things Every Artist Should Know features a wealth of information covering a variety of mediums and an array of topics. From learning basic drawing techniques and color theory to understanding the finer points of working in traditional mediums, this book presents valuable information on every easy-to-read page in nine practical chapters, including General Tools and Materials, Pencil Drawing, Pastel, Watercolor, Oil and Acrylic, Additional Mediums, Color and Light, Perspective and Proportion, and Composition. Peruse the book from cover to cover or flip directly to topics that interest you—the choice is yours. Either way, 100 Things Every Artist Should Know is the perfect companion no matter where you are in your artistic journey!
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Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just beginning to explore your artistic side, this book features an educational and inspirational journey in drawing, painting, and other artistic mediums. We’ve distilled these art forms into 100 of the most important topics, including definitions, demonstrations, tips, shortcuts, and much more. Packed full of expertise from dozens of Walter Foster’s notable artists, you’ll discover everything from basic pastel techniques to color theory and perspective, organized into several chapters noted below.
General Tools and Materials: Learn about the most basic art materials, and discover how to set up your workspace.
Pencil Drawing: Dive into the details of drawing with graphite and colored pencil as you learn techniques for creating a variety of strokes and textures.
Pastel: Get your hands dirty and discover the unique characteristics of hard, soft, and oil pastel.
Watercolor: Practice your hand at this fluid and vibrant medium, and find out the best ways to create special effects and more.
Oil and Acrylic: Master the basics of these similar paints, including brushwork and color mixing.
Additional Mediums: Touch on less common mediums such as charcoal, airbrush, calligraphy, and even Chinese brush painting.
Color and Light: Create a sense of mood, time, and place through your treatment of color, light, and shadow.
Perspective and Proportion: Discover the more technical side of creating realistic artwork, from suggesting depth and distance to representing accurate proportions.
Composition: Focus on the placement of objects in your artwork and learn how to create dynamic designs.
Read this book from start to finish, or flip through to find a topic that interests you! Regardless of your approach, we’re sure you’ll discover—or rediscover—valuable information and exciting tips that will enrich your artistic knowledge.
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Top Customer Reviews
What's here is excellent, beautifully and abundantly illustrated with hundreds and hundreds of color photos. My complaint about the book is that half of it is devoted to artists' materials--acrylics, watercolor, calligraphy, Chinese brush stroke, airbrush--a lot of introductory material covered shallowly, while the fundamental principles of art, like perspective, color theory, golden mean, aren't touched upon until the very end, and practices like measuring, and principles like chiaroscuro and sfumato are not included. In my view, the book just starts to get into the really good fundamental stuff at #71 to the end.
I was tempted to put 3 stars, as an expression of disappointment on this score, but that would not be fair to the quality of the book, which is really excellent, just not long enough. What I would suggest to the Artists of Walter Foster is that they expand this to 200 Things, with more of an emphasis on the basics that every artist, sketch artist or painter, needs to know.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very thoughtful book that should be a good start for any artist.
Either starting out or the old pro.
This is such a good book for beginners and accomplished artists. I find a person can always learn something new or be reminded of something forgotten.Published on February 4, 2014 by Kathleen F. Norton