A new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopedia by professional artist Hazel Harrison. Ideal for artists of all skill levels, this exhaustive reference covers a multitude of topics concerning acrylics. The book is divided into two sections: the first provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic colour mixing through to creating special effects such as sgraffito and wax resist. The second part focuses on themes, illustrating how individual artists tackle a number of subjects, including landscapes, buildings, portraits, animals, still life and fantasy. This resource provides a wealth of stimulating ideas to help artists - both amateurs and veterans - develop their own acrylic style.
A new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopedia by professional artist Hazel Harrison. Ideal for artists of all skill levels, this exhaustive reference covers a multitude of areas concerning watercolour. The book is divided into three sections: the first covers the essential materials and tools you need to get you started on your watercolour journey, and how to set up your indoor and outdoor working spaces. The second provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic washes through to creating special effects using salt and wax resist. The third and final part tackles picture composition, from guiding readers on how to choose their palette and how to work with different lights, to understanding important concepts such as perspective and spatial depth. This resource provides a wealth of stimulating ideas to help artists - both amateurs and veterans - develop their own impressive watercolour painting style.
This title includes a step-by-step instructional guide together with a 250-page fine art sketchbook. This is a comprehensive artists' manual which includes examples of many different styles and treatments plus a blank book to put your skills into practice. It contains sections on drawing, watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastel cover everything you need to get started. Expert ideas and innovative approaches make the book perfect both for the beginner and more advanced artist. This work also includes up-to-date information on all the latest techniques, materials and equipment. It is packed with practical guidance on how to treat the classical subjects - portraits, figures, buildings, landscapes and flowers - in the most popular media. It features at-a-glance, step-by-step photographs that show clearly how to achieve successful results.
This magnificently illustrated box set explores the four most popular art mediums and techniques. How to Paint with Watercolours discusses brushwork, texturing, line and wash, and masking; How to Paint with Oils & Acrylics deals with mixing paints, knife painting, underpainting and glazing; How to Learn the Art of Drawing explains how to work in monochrome, how to draw with pencils, and the mechanics of drawing; and How to Draw with Pastels shows how to mix pastels, use charcoal, lay a textured ground, and how to create sgraffito effects. Together, the four volumes provide an invaluable practical reference for any amateur artist keen to improve their skills.
Detailed photographic sequences explore pencil, charcoal, pen and technical pen techniques, including shading, building up, blending, hatching, highlighting, stippling and more. Coloured pencils, chalks, pastels, and pen and ink are also covered with inspirational pictures across a full range of subject matter, including landscapes, buildings, figures, animals, flowers and still life. Techniques are discussed in detail including layering, feathering, burnishing, linear marks and pointillism. The use of paint and brushes is less obvious in a book on drawing, but there are some techniques in which the brush is used to create a line, or to infill a linear shape. These techniques are discussed as well with Gallery examples shown throughout to act as inspiration for the practising artist. Sequences on mixed media, keeping a sketchbook and digital drawing are included too, making this book an invaluable addition to any artists book shelves.
This is a superb guide to the fundamentals of working with charcoals, pencils, pen and ink, as well as in waterpaints, oils, acrylics and pastels. It is a perfect introduction for beginners, and an inspirational reference for experienced artists to help develop skills, technique and individual style. It includes advice on how to use a broad range of equipment and artists' materials. It offers step-by-step demonstrations and fine examples of portraiture, figurative work, landscapes, still life, graphic and abstract work. This book is a comprehensive course on practical and creative techniques using a wide range of artists' materials and equipment. It covers all the most popular media: charcoals, pencils, pen and ink, waterpaints, oils, acrylics and pastels. The reader is taken through the essential techniques with step-by-step demonstrations, and lively and inspirational works by contemporary artists illustrate the skills in action. Special focus features are included on painting and drawing portraits, figures, landscapes and buildings. With tried-and-tested techniques and expert advice, the book is an invaluable reference for every amateur artist.
Mastering the use of water paints with step-by-step techniques and projects, in over 200 photographs. Features: a step-by-step course in a popular painting medium; advice for the beginner on getting started with water paints, and inspiration for more experienced artists to expand their style. You can learn about the materials, equipment and progressive painting techniques. It includes: easy-to-follow guidance on how to treat classical subjects, from landscapes to portraits; 10 practical projects help you to refine your skills; and over 200 inspiring pictures include helpful stage-by-stage photography. You can develop your abilities and gain the confidence to create fabulous pieces of work. Perhaps the most popular medium among amateur painters, water paints are also used by many contemporary professional artists. This concise guide provides accessible information on all the materials, techniques and methods that you will need. There are inspirational projects to follow, plus expert advice on all the latest approaches. The book explores the types of paper and brushes to use and explains methods such as brushwork, texturing, line and wash, and masking. There is essential advice on the basics of preparation, as well as step-by-step projects. Throughout, works by contemporary artists illustrate the skills in action, while 'focus' features look at subjects such as still life, portraits and landscapes. Packed with wonderful pictures, this is an invaluable reference in an easy-to-use format.
The unique and enduringly popular 'weekend' formula allows eager beginners to build skills gradually and produce an attractive, frameable painting in a weekend.Materials and basic technique sections are designed to provide a fast grounding in the skills required for painting watercolour landscapes.Budding artists can then tackle nine short landscape-painting courses: each starts with practise exercises to be completed on Saturday ready to complete the full painting on Sunday.Clear instruction accompanies step-by-step photographs throughout, and technical information is given in handy special feature boxes.