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the art of fire
04-21-2004, 06:00 PM
HI...I recently got into into an art school...and my portfolio reviewer recommended I get some books to further my study of painting and drawing...what books do you guys recommend??
We had a thread a while back about good books for students that you might want to look up. There werent too many replies in it, but still, there are some listings.
I donno what would officially classify as good books... i'd suggest books on the basics. maybe a few anatomy books. books about colour theory, that drawing on the right side of the brain book, stuff like that. But maybe even more importantly, look up books on stuff that interests you!
If your an oil painter, look for books about oils and techniques! If you draw, look for drawing books! Look for books to inspire you - artist books on your favourite artists, photography books, just stuff that opens up your mind! Read biographies about your favourite artists, or just ones you happen to find art yard sales that interest you at the time!
I think startinga collection of books about art and stuff that interests you will be something you'll value and cherish years down the road.
04-28-2004, 04:19 PM
If you're a painting major, you could do far worse than run out and buy--immediately--Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces.
Great reproductions of some (though certainly not all) of the most important paintings from the Western art world over the last several hundred years, with pertinent comments, kindly kept to a minimum.
05-15-2004, 12:38 PM
A heavily used book in my library is "Artist's Manual: A complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques," by Angela Gair.
It has all the basics such as composition, color theory, studio tips, how to's on a variety of drawing/painting utensils, et cetera. The whole book is chalked with pictures and color. It is a fun, informative book to browse through.
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