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The Artist's Handbook

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The definitive, practical guide to all the tools, techniques, and materials of paintings, drawing, printmaking and related visual arts. Over 1,000 illustrations and 175,000 words of text.
Paperback, Third Edition, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published January 1st 1987)
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Sep 03, 2007 Corey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: learning artists
Shelves: practical, art-design
This is a great run-down of a wide variety of materials and how they work and techniques for 2D art. Easy reference for beginning artists with nice tricks and details that an experienced artist will appreciate.

I keep a copy in my studio and use it for myself as well as students. There are photo examples for just about everything- from various underpainting techniques to what the same paint will look like over several different types of gesso. Different marks, painting on glass, watercolor, acry...more
An excellent beginner's introduction to various media and their basic uses; the section on health and safety was also extremely useful, as the section on pigments was interesting.
So far? I haven't touched much of it, only the parts on lithography/printmaking.

I'm not intending to read everything; I borrowed it from the library.

I haven't finished it, actually. I skimmed through. A handy guide for the beginner/intermediate artist, with comprehensive tips and tricks (methods) along the way.
This is my favourite on-hand reference for art mediums and techniques. It contains all the nitty-gritty coupled with tons of visuals.
Informative and helpful for experimentation. Nice for dabbling in different styles to see if anything strikes your fancy.
A marvelous, useful reference book on art materials. Beautiful to look at as well.
Jul 17, 2008 Amyelyse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amyelyse by: I believe it was a gift from Mom
This is the best Book for the care and feeding of art supplies.
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Internationally noted artist Ray Smith has exhibited in solo and group shows around the world. A lecturer at the Chelsea School of Art and at Exeter Art College, he was recently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Southampton in the UK. Smith has received many distinguished awards for his work, including an Arts Council Award, a Lindbury Trust artist's award, and the Deutscher Jugendbuch Prei...more
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