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I love this book. Of the many books I purchased on acrylics and painting in general, this one is the best. About half the book is based upon setting up; how acrylics work, brushwork, making supports (the painting surface) and the artists studio. The second part focuses on the paintings themselves.
Sample or demonstrational paintings are colorful landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and animal scenes. Portraiture has been excluded. Each painting is broken down into a half dozen or so steps so that the reader can easily see how the painting is created.
I especially liked this book because it gave me tips and information (300 tips, techniques and trade secrets) I had not previously seen in other beginning acrylic painting books.
In addition to detailed information on selecting materials and mixing colors, you'll also get complete visual instruction for painting subjects of all kinds, including:
- Still Life: Get proper proportions every time, using easy graphing techniques. You'll also find demonstrations for painting the tricky parts, such as glossy textures and reflective surfaces.
- Landscapes: Lee shares proven tips for creating depth and realism in subjects ranging from forests and mountains to prairies and seascapes. She also shows how to paint realistic clouds, trees, water and more.
- Animals: This chapter provides step-by-step guidance for painting all your favorite creatures. There's even extra instruction for getting the eyes, noses, fur and feathers just right.
- People: Painting people can be especially challenging, but success is easy with basic steps and practical guidance. One feature at a time, you'll learn simple techniques for painting faces of all kinds—male or female, young or old. You'll also find in-depth guidance for creating realistic fleshtones, eye color, hair and more.
This is a complete acrylic painting course right on your bookshelf. Follow along from beginning to end or refer to this guide when you need a quick lesson. Either way, after learning from a master like Lee Hammond, you won't be a beginner for long. Get started today!