From the thousands of art-instruction books available, we offer a list of those that have proven beneficial to new artists.by Naomi EkperiginThere are many options available for artists wishing to improve their skills. Here, we offer some of the most popular and helpful books for artists who are just starting to hone their skills and may be unsure of what to choose from all the offerings available.
Chinese Watercolor Painting LessonsThe Lunar New Year is upon us, and what better way to celebrate it than by appreciating Chinese art and culture, and learning a new skill? A great place to start: Lian Quan Zhen, whose Watercolor series continues on ArtistsNetwork.tv this week with Chinese Painting, Spontaneous Style.
Shane Wolf is featured in the November 2012 issue of Magazine. Here, he shares a free article on how to create a 3-hour alla prima sketch of the figure in oil. The prep time is approximately 30 minutes; the total model time is 3 hours.Alla Prima Sketch in Oilby Shane WolfBefore I begin, I assemble my brushes.
For the qualities of traditional oils without the long drying time, try painting with alkyd oi paints.By Michael Chesley JohnsonThis article is from Magazine (December 2011). If you enjoy it, subscribe for 10 full issues, or purchase the whole December 2011 issue for more instruction.If you’re an oil painter who doesn’t like to watch paint dry, then alkyd oil paints are for you.
With limited time to paint, pastelist Dave Stout has learned to pare down his supplies and develop an efficient and effective working method.Like what you read? Become an American Artist subscriber today!by Linda S. PriceBack to the Clouds2006, pastel, 18 x 24.All artwork this articlecourtesy Wadle Galleries,Santa Fe, New Mexico, unlessotherwise indicated.
Artist Ryan S. Brown takes you step by step through his process for Hudson River School-inspired landscape art, from his field study references to his compositional sketch to his actual painting in the studio, as he shares some of his landscape painting techniques for working out composition and values in Kaaterskill Clove, Catskills, New York (below; oil, 54×112).