An Introduction to Oil Painting

DK Art School

An-Introduction-to-Oil-Painting-260x333 Author Ray Smith
File size 60 Mb
Year 1998
Pages 192
Language English
File format PDF
Category Drawing

Book Description:

An introduction to the essential techniques of oil painting in a full range of media. It provides fully annotated, photographic sequences to guide the reader from the first strokes to the final composition, and full-size reproductions allow closer inspections of great masterworks.

I enjoyed this book. It spent two pages on every topic that's important to beginning artists. It never rambled on about useless, trivial information. The author focused in on clear definitions and illustrations. This reader was never confused by the book's precise method in handling complicated exercises. These exercises not only explained the material, but also led to completed works of art. The book also had a small, but vital glossary. The glossary helped to reiterate important concepts, such as scumbling, aerial perspective, fat-over-lean painting and high-key colors (just to name a few). Reading this book is like taking an art class. It focuses in on the most important concepts; and, it explains them in a brief, succinct manner.


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