"This is a book I just keep coming back to again and again. It has sections on Friant, Bastien-Lepage, Claussen, Dagnan-Bouveret, Stanhope Forbes, etc.. Wonderful plates and great examples from the art of this time period."
"A fantastic book by a modern master, Alla Prima covers RichardÂs palette, philosophies, and way of seeing. Now in its eighth printing, itÂs finally available in a more affordable paperback edition (direct from the artist)."
"The book is more expensive than a Dover book, but that it what it most resembles. It is small, and the interior is nothing more than the scanned copy of the third printing (1889), but the information is good. The first half focuses on practice & training, and the second half on color/vision theory."
"I loved the show which this book accompanied, and though I wish some of the paintings had received larger plates, it is still a nice collection of artwork. Leighton, Waterhouse, and Draper are among the artists featured."
"This was the Holy Grail amongst illustrators, as so many tried to get their hands on this informative, out-of-print book. Loomis covers composition, tone, color, and storytelling in this 1947 manual designed as an aid for professional commercial artists. Look for an upcoming reprint from Titan Books."
"Another great book by American illustrator and teacher, Andrew Loomis. As the title implies, this manual focuses on drawing the figure. Valuable lessons and great, glamorous drawings by Loomis. Check out the excellent hardcover reprint from Titan Books, and all of the rest of their Loomis re-issues."
"Despite having more than a dozen Northlight books, there are very few of which I am fond. This book, however, fills a nice void in the instruction book market: how to handle a brush. I found it very interesting, and it made me look at the brushwork in some of my favorite paintings a bit differently."
"Tony Ryder is a Zen-like master whose meditations consist of tiny, specifically placed brush and pencil marks on a blank canvas. This is a wonderful exploration of a classically based approach to drawing the figure."
"This book has been around for a while (and some may say that because of that, there isnÂt enough on the newest art supplies), but it is still one of the best resources for information on pigments, methods, and materials. It should be in every artistÂs reference collection."
"Chase was a gifted artist, and this book has many plates of his work. I wish the images were larger and clearer, and more were in color, but it's still a great volume on this artist, and there is nothing else out there which can compare to it."
"My first non-art, art book to make the list, this self-help book was enjoyable, if only to reinforce the idea that all artists go through the same struggles with self-confidence, depression, and creative blocks."
"Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825-1905) is one of the greatest artists of the 19th century, who, unfortunately, was erased from art history. His photo-idealist paintings still present a technical prowess for which many of todayÂs contemporary realist painters still strive."
"This books is filled with practical information on plein air painting materials and offer nice little exercises and demos for the beginning outdoor painter. Also check out his other book, Fill Your Paintings with Light and Color."
"In the book are the answers which fill in many of the gaps in traditional training, and it is, by rights, a wonderful companion book to such instructional classics as Andrew Loomis' Creative Illustration and Norman Rockwell's Rockwell on Rockwell."