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Inspired by Light: A Personal View (Atelier Series) Hardcover – 31 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; Illustrated edition (31 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715308416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715308417
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 23.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2011
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I`ve admired the work of Ken Howard for a very long time, particularly his studio interiors and figure paintings.
His work most reminds me of Sickert - an influence he acknowledges - in the controlled use of tone and often beautifully applied brushwork; just looking at these paintings is inspiring!
There is a great deal of useful advice here concerning drawing, watercolour and oils; I don`t work the same way he does, but it's interesting to me even so. More to the point, the book is highly recommendable to any serious student who wishes to learn their craft - this is no "how to" book with step-by-step instructions. This is a very skilled professional artist sharing his experience and working practice.
A useful investment for anyone with a desire to paint well and with its abundance of illustrations, a good book to look through no matter how much you think you know.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Hale on 17 Mar. 2009
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Ken Howard taught me to draw at Harrow Art school in the very early 70's. I may be biased because I have a very fond memory of him as an excellent teacher and human being. This book is jut a delight, his work is a delight and if you are an artist or even if you just adore superb painting. Buy it it is just wonderful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bianca V. on 4 Aug. 2010
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Well written, it provides a lot of helpful insights and explanation. Most importantly, it has plenty of illustrations, drawings, watercolours, oils, mainly landscapes and interiors with figures. It makes the point of stressing the light-and-shade aspect in painting. However it requires a certain amount of previous knowledge and training to wholly profit from all the remarks and tips given.Inspiring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Brandon on 23 Jan. 2013
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This book is a treasure - the artist himself is brilliant but he can also write about his techniques in a way that is not only easy to understand but also inspires a would-be artist to have a go! I am sure that continued reading of the book will stir me to more and better work in my attemps to paint well. The book is printed on quality paper, and the colours are vibrant and true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GrahamP on 13 July 2012
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The apparent simplicity with which Ken Howard captures the feel of light in both landscapes and internal scenes is masterly. No wonder he became an RA. Beats the modern conceptual artists hands down.

His work ethic also comes through and inspires other artist to work hard to become successful. A book you can always come back to and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mhj art france on 14 Mar. 2013
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An excellent book for painters who like to see how good artists use light as a foundation in their work. His detail is interesting in that it is less then I expected on close analysis. He has an easy style to read and this is something I will dip into again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrisart on 13 Mar. 2013
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If you want to know how to paint backlit subjects, Ken Howard is your man! An absolute master with oils and watercolour..... and I envy him deeply in his skill..... and his fantastic studios! A lovely, informative and satisfying book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on 25 Mar. 2014
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The guidance and information in the text is excellent as are the range of illustrations in the book. However the quality of the reproductions could be better. Hence only 4 stars. It is however, good value for money.
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