Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Utilizing as few words as possible, but presenting a tremendous variety and volume of illustrations, this all-in-one guide details the fundamentals of drawing in its various phases and fields. In the opening pages, the author points out the first step on the road to creative achievement: artists must learn how to see people and things in terms of pictures, then master the techniques needed to express themselves on paper.
Geared to newcomers and yet still beneficial for more experienced artists, Moranz's illuminating advice covers everything from nude and draped figures to the art of portraits and sketching animals. He covers the effective use of various mediums, including pencil, charcoal, pen, and wash. Plus, he offers helpful tips on developing a sixth sense about perspective, the basics of composition, reflecting light and shadow, and more. There's even a chapter on taking drawing one step further -- from a pleasurable hobby to a successful commercial venture.
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Reilly's big innovation was to set the palette with several "strings" of the same hue but of about seven different values. Landscape Graphics by Rant W. The first pages are about drawing plans, but from their on it has wonderful quick drawings of trees, cars, etc. Rendering with Markers, Ronald B. Kemnitzer, Watson-Guptill, 5. Pencil Pictures by Theodore Kautzky, Reinhold -- a classic 7. Light and Shade by Mrs. Mary P,. Merrifield, Dover originally She describes now forgotten changes in values at edges 9.
Hawthorne on Painting collected by Mrs. Charles W. Hawthorne , Dover originally Hensche on Painting by John W. Robichaux Dover originally Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur L. Guptill , Watson Guptill drawing examples not by him James, It occurred to me that in my above list, the books that have not been reprinted are in a large format.
Great list. I have almost all them. I have the Loomis books as well and Rex Vicat Cole' book on perspective. Between Cole and Loomis everything one wants to know about perspective is there. I know the Ernst Norling book and it's a good book on this subject. Definitely simpler to grasp than Cole' book. Great post, thanks! I also want to mention Bruno Lucchesi's "Modeling the figure in clay". It helped me a lot learning digital sculpture. It's not Dover but a great process reference, even if the photos are a bit underexposed.
Craig Wilson: thanks for sharing the link on human types!! Nice, simple and informative with great explanatory drawings. Bridgman and Norling have long been among my favorites. Also, this is an excellent reference for "athletic" bodies. My all time favorite is Schmid's Alla Prima. I found this post to be useful for me in compiling a wish list!
I also appreciate the recommendations in the comments section. Oddly enough, the biggest piece of information I came away with from my first reading was how to achieve the different edges in a painting, I like the method he presents. Sadly, as far as I know the book is out of print, so it's hard to find. I love all of Loomis' books, and own most of them, but what I'd love to find is a book at his level about gouache painting, from that period. Any suggestions, anybody? I love dover books and buy one any chance I get, and I'll definitely check these out.
They also have a few books on medieval painting techniques, like the Practice of Tempera Painting by Daniel Thompson. Since I don't tolerate solvents really well and don't like the plastic look of acrylics, I tried out egg tempera.
Without this book I wouldn't have gotten very far with it. Thanks for posting your list! Thank you for this, James. I'll look into the perspective book and the tree book. I have some of the others. I like Dover books, and have a lot of your list already. I own or at least have read most of all the books mentioned in your post and the comments. Not a bad one in the bunch. I refer back to them often. This book got me into drawing and keeps me drawing. My copies of Harold Speed and George Bridgemans books are just as dogeared! Aimed at cartoonists, but very basic info on weight, seeing a character in 3-D, and making use of the "line of action.
I second the Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst book "The Painter in Oil" - it's fairly interesting, although it covers will trodden ground. Also, there's an interesting book called "The Twilight of Painting. Ives Gammell , who was mortified by the rise of modern art.
This classic text from an associate of Rodin guides the sculptor through the theory and practice needed to successfully interpret the figure in three dimensions. Note that the Dover print is basically a reprint of the earlier work. For shading and blending, the artist can use a blending stump , tissue , a kneaded eraser , a fingertip, or any combination of them. Guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and Intended as a "how to" manual, it takes students step by step through the creative process. Watercolor pencils can be used dry like ordinary pencils, then moistened with a wet brush to get various painterly effects.
His analysis of how this happened and what it will mean and what should be done about it is fairly interesting, in that it basically all came true. Unfortunately the book is out of print now and used copies are fairly expensive. I am selftaught and i practiced art since for a few years so far.
Just for beginners, it has a very slooow learning curve and a very low starting point. By following the book it's possible to learn to draw figures and environments without any unnecessary stress, which in my opinion may be fatal at the beginning. I read it many times, It's very easy to follow and every phrase in it is gold. Plus, it covers a very large variety of fields.
Just like with the other Andrew Loomis books, alongside every truth is given an explanation, alongside every technique is given a reason to learn it. Since there's not any hint on how to study, I have found it a little difficult at the beginning. When i turned back to it after a while, i just knew what I wanted to know, so it might be considered a reference book , more than an instructional one.
I have the italian version of this. Very bad image quality, translation, paper. The plates are hard to read, but maybe it's just because of the poor transposition. One the hardest parts of trying to become an artists on a part time basis over the years is coming across lists like this. I tend to buy all the books, reference material, and then when it comes time to sit and learn I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of resources available. I get paralyzed because I don't know where to start, or I start in to many places and only achieve overload.
I've been breaking things down lately to working the learning issues one painting, drawing, or concept at a time. But it is still a struggle for me knowing where I am and where I need to go and not feel the weight of the challenge. In the end I have found the only path forward is to keep moving becuase if I stop, I won't accomplish anything.
Thanks for the list Jim. Looks like a good list! I only have the Bridgeman and Hultgren books.
I'll have to check out some of those others. I'm glad to see the Vanderpoel book on your list. I have been studying it for the last few months and loving every bit. He describes the planes of the human form more intimately than any other book I've read. It's as if he's your tour guide to the figure.
Value wise you can't beat the Dover books, but the text in older books can be hard to digest unless you really buckle down with them. In general, I prefer art instruction books that present concepts in small doses and then build on them. I've long been fond Henry Poore's book "Pictorial Composition". In my college art classes, composition seemed to be the one topic that never quite fit in the semester, yet often came up in critiques of my work At last the library supplied this book to fill the gap. It gives a good solid overview of compositional conventions in the european painting tradition, with ample black and white engravings to illustrate.
Great book. I was lucky enough to get all the main ideas directly from my drawing instructor in class, with model, which is the best way but the book was an excellent review in later years. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.
Guptill gives you labor intensive, practical exercises - he does not disguise that artwork is hard work.
He rather tries to dissuade you from it. Watson and Kautzky are who I turn to when I need inspiration. A person trying to get started in the arts doesn't tend to have a lot of money, so a list like this is hugely beneficial. It's in German but you can understand it.
Jack Merriot's 'Discovering Watercolour' was published in He was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, among several others. Best known, I suppose, for his railway posters, which used to adorn the carriages. In particular the 'controlled wash' technique.
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Still available on Amazon for a couple of pounds. She did not have that kind of money, but she got it for me anyway and I still have it 50 years later. They are back in print after many years and well worth buying, although they do cost a bit more. After you and my last teacher suggested bridgmans, I just went out and bought it!
Got it at a great price and it's totally changing how I view figures! Also bought the anatomy of trees- excited to see how that effects things. Thank you for this list! So excited to try to find them all. Have you read any of the Juliette Aristides Atilier books? They are very good when it comes to classical painting. Some of my favorite art books. I'd like to leave an honourable mention for David Dewey's watercolour book. It's comprehensive, covering gouache and mixed media too.
Guptill is a beautiful book with charming, helpful illustrations and beautiful drawings by a variety of artists. The Andrew Loomis books are terrific. There are a few newer books I like too: "Memory Drawing" by Rousar is interesting, and of course James Gurney's two recent books. My son and I started with this book, mainly because this kind of method which I think is the basis for the whole "Right-Brained" school was what I was taught years ago when I took a beginning drawing course in college.