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Books on How To Paint - a personal selection

Books on how to paint in my personal "limited" selection list. Among the many books on the subject, I am trying to select the best books for each sub-category. Of course, this list is continously updating..but always with the idea to keep it short and top of the top!

 

COMPOSITION

books on how to paint: concept and composition by henning

The Basis of Successful Art : Concept and Composition

A wonderful 1988 book full of insights from a professional illustrator. lot's of tips and a reading to open up your eyes.

Also good for vector art.

books on how to paint: mastering composition by ian roberts

Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting (Mastering (North Light Books))

A wonderful book which explains everything. It goes also combined with ian Roberts DVD to be bought on his website: ianroberts.us

 

 

 

These books are among the best ones that I have either read or which had some many enthusiastic reviews that I put them in my wish list.>

My shopping list is quite list, but I selected these books on top.

I highly recommend them!

 

 

OIL

books on how to paint: alla prima by Richard Smith

Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting

Everything one needs to know. If you can only take one book per subject on a desert island, take this one.

books on how to paint: enzo russo's principle and techniques

Oil Painting Principles And Techniques: Lessons Of Enzo Russo

Be painterly! Enzo Russo, an Italian painter shows you how.

Also a final chapter on copyright issues for artists.

books on how to paint: edward aldrich painting and drawing wildlife animals

Drawing and Painting Animals: How to Capture the Essence of Wildlife in Your Art

Triple wow! When you think the author has finished explaining everything, detailed step-by-step instructions are starting. Or what about watercolours? A chapter for it, too! Lots of tips and insights.

 

 

WATERCOLOURS

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The Complete Watercolorist's Essential Notebook: A treasury of watercolor secrets discovered through decades of painting and experimentation

A great book full of tips like how to use objects instead of brushes.

Also a rare to find introduction on the types of watercolors by brands (e.g. transparent, stainers, opaque...)

watercolor flowers book

Watercolour Flower Portraits

Simply Fantastic. If you need to know how to paint flowers, step by step, really step by step, this is THE book!
watercolorist book

Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color

...next in my wish list

 

PASTEL

richard mckinley book

Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets for Beautiful Paintings

Simply a must! I also wrote about the author here.

This is your artist "life insurance, health insurance and travel insurance" combined. What else can I say?

 

 


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