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Art Handbooks: Painting with Oils

Art Handbooks

By (author) Noel Gregory
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Search Press Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Oct 2012
Dimensions: w 154mm h 216mm d 7mm
Weight: 125g
ISBN-10: 1844488853
ISBN-13: 9781844488858
Barcode No: 9781844488858
Over 80 step-by-step photographs take you through all the basics with helpful demonstrations which clearly illustrate how to paint skies, landscapes, flowers and animals. You will learn about the materials you need, how to start, using a limited palette, using photographs as inspiration, and creating perspective, tone, light and shade. Whatever your skill level, you will be able to develop your own style with this invaluable, easy-to-follow guide. Previously published as Step-by-Step Leisure Arts: Painting with Oils 9780855329006

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Nov 12

This is a "new" series from Search Press that raids their extensive and, let's be honest, excellent backlist. Once upon a time, my children, these books were part of the Leisure Arts series, something which itself went through more than one incarnation. These are the first two titles in what could be an extensive re-publishing programme. They're simple beginners' guides ("simple" applies to the books, not the beginners, for the avoidance of confusion). What you get is a basic introduction to materials and equipment, some general notes on techniques and then some very short demonstrations that flex your muscles gently without any danger of over-exertion, all in 48 pages. I don't think anyone could learn to paint from just these books, but that's not what they were intended for. As a general introduction for someone putting a toe in the water - either as a complete novice or as a newcomer to the medium, they're a good way of easing yourself in. More perhaps than any other series, they absolutely stand or fall on how well the authors have understood the basic brief and, as Search Press usually contrive, they do it well. These were only ever intended to be pocket guides and, although the previous release was about A4 size, these new ones are only about half that. Normally, I don't like small-format books and I invariably fail to see the point of a book you can carry about with you. Give me illustrations I can see without my super-strength glasses, for goodness sake! However, I've been seduced by the way these sit in the hand. They're slightly larger than the Top Tips series and I've never complained about the size of the illustrations in those. It's also worth remarking that these books are a vindication of this site's policy of only reviewing from finished copies, rather than advance proofs. By getting the feel of the books in my hand, I've discovered that what I originally thought was an incredibly bad idea actually works well. All-in-all, a good job has been done here. The material has been brought subtly up to date and some perfectly good books whose only crime is to be middle-aged have been brought back to life. At GBP4.99, they compare well with the old pricing, too. * * Oct 12

A new series from this publisher called Art Handbooks focussing on different media. This one deals with oils and shows some useful techniques and step by step instructions for a variety of subjects plus a good variety of finished work. For artists who are unsure which media they want to use, this is a good way of dabbling and finding out what's right for you without spending too much on a dedicated book to one medium of painting. * Karen Platt * Feb/Mar 13

Art Handbooks: Painting with Oils; Painting with Pastels; Painting with Watercolours; Painting with Acrylics

Previously published as the hugely successful Leisure Arts, these handbooks have been re-issued in this handy new format with beautiful covers and the same high quality content. All have easy to follow guides to creating beautiful pictures in oils, pastels, watercolours and acrylics with step-by-step photographs. Readers will be painting skies, landscapes, flowers and animals in no time at all. Learn about all the materials you need, how to start, and techniques for handling all four types of paint. * Craft Focus *