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Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting (Art for the Absolute Beginner) Kindle Edition
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I own a few art books, but without doubt this is one of the best books I have purchased. It is clear, concise and takes the reader through everything they need to know to start working with oils. It is well written, has many illustrations, tips and guidance and is a great choice for those wanting to explore painting with oils. Recommended..
What Mark and Mary do in this title is break it all down into manageable chunks so that the reader has a chance to get started and begin to get their own footing into the world of oil painting. This title covers everything from gathering your materials (which includes help setting you up with paints alongside brushes and easel etc.) through to some basic art principles so that you can break your subject down and make a start. Add practical techniques and then step by step guides to some paintings and you can see how it all begins to work and gather a useful set of skills to begin learning on your own. Finally add a comprehensive DVD to help and its pretty much an ideal tutor.
All in, I found this a great book, it was informative, the subject matter was easily broken down and comprehensive to understand and I've gained a few new skills (alongside some paint stains on clothing) to begin my own exploration. It's a great way to get started and if I'm honest will open the way so that many people can start to create their own artwork which will make ideal presents for friends and family.
-Explanation of all the bits and bobs you may need (that is, the set-up, but I'm sure you don't need everything suggested, one can get away with starting in oil painting DIY style).
-Explanation of techniques used, basic colours and mixing.
-Explanation of the basic techniques of drawing realistically. Not an abstract book then.
(Utterly) Useless parts: (accounts for half the book)
- An almost paint 'by numbers' style of painting. There's nearly two dozen pictures that practice specific techniques, in isolation. Fine, you've an idea how the medium is layered, but you've no idea what the artist is trying to achieve, whether or how it relates to the original idea/image/scene.
- He prefers water-mixable oil. Fine, it's only a preference.
For budding artists who need a skimpy overview, but don't even bother with the exercises. It's almost child play. You're not encouraged to think, that is, use your brain.