Art Book Recommendations


Title:

  "The Watercolorist's Answer Book"

 

Author: edited by Gina Rath

Pages: 191

Description: Not sure which technique you need to improve your watercolor? Choose them all! The Watercolorist's Answer Book combines the wisdom, expertise and beautiful work of eight accomplished artists in one comprehensive volume. You'll find information on using and caring for materials, advice on basic and advanced techniques and useful tips for improving your paintings.

You can buy the book here.

 

 


Title:

"Landscape Painting in Watercolor"

 

Author: Zoltan Szabo

Pages: 183

Description: Zoltan Szabo's Landscape Painting in Watercolor offers a wealth of information for both aspiring artists and seasoned painters. This comprehensive text, enriched by over 300 illustrations, 24 of which are full-page color plates, includes instructions and advice for creating fantastic watercolor paintings. Thirty-six step-by-step demonstrations and over 200 monochrome illustrations vividly guide the reader through every phase of painting the landscape.

                          You can buy this book here

 

 


Title:

      "Learn Watercolor the Edgar Whitney Way"

 

Author:  Ron Ranson

Pages: 144

Description: Edgar Whitney was one of America's premier watercolor teachers. During his time as an instructor he taught thousands how to paint in this challenging medium. In this book fifteen former students share the principles and techniques that Mr. Whitney taught them. This book is recommended for both the beginner and experienced watercolor artist.

You can buy the book here.

 

(For more information on Mr. Whitney you can click on the link below:

https://rogallery.com/Whitney_Edgar_Albert/whitney-biography.htm)


Title:

       "John Salminen - Master of the Urban Landscape: From realism to abstractions in watercolor"

 

Author: John Salminen

Pages: 192

 Description: John Salminen is one of the most accomplished watercolor artists working today,

 

In Master of the Urban Landscape, Salminen shares over 150 pieces of his artwork, spanning his entire career. His early abstracts and recent plein air work in the book's Introduction set the groundwork for four chapters of remarkable watercolor paintings that highlight different aspects of his work: architectural form, organic form, human form and light and shadow. Throughout, Salminen shares the inspiration for his paintings, challenges he encountered and techniques he used to capture unique scenes from cities around the world.   

           

                                                           You can buy this book here.  


Title:

  "Focus on Watercolor "

 

Author: Timothy J. Clark

Pages: 144

 

Description: Timothy J. Clark discusses the basic techniques of watercolor painting and provides tips on light, shadow, color and subjects.

              

                               You can buy this book here. 

 

 

 



Title:

       "Watercolor: You Can Do It! "

 

Author: Tony Couch 

Pages: 175

 

Description: Introduces the basic equipment and techniques of watercolor, gives advice on composition, color, and value, and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of sample paintings.

 

                                You can buy this book here. 

 

 

 


Title:

       "Painting on Location: Secrets to Plein Air Painting"

 

Author: David Curtis, and Robin Capon

Pages: 128

 

Description: In this book British painter David Curtis  shows you how to capture the moment, focus on the essential elements of a subject, and capture the mood with speed and economy in your paintings

 

 Some of the key lessons found in the book are:

 1.)Taking advantage of each medium's special characteristics to make the most of painting outdoors.

2.) What to pack: having just the right equipment with you to work efficiently and effectively.

3.) Coping with the challenges of fleeting light and inclement weather.

4.) Finding a worthy subject and a personal viewpoint.

5.) Techniques for translating your subject in a quick and lively way.

6.) Maintaining a sense of place back in the studio as you finish your plein air pieces or use them as inspiration for new works.

 

                                                  You can buy this book here. 

 


Title:

       "Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes: Transform Ordinary Places into Extraordinary Scenes"

 

Author: Joyce Hicks

Pages: 130

 

Description: Learn the Art of Seeing and tap into the beauty of the everyday! In Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes, Joyce Hicks shows you how to transform ordinary landscapes into gorgeous, lush works of art.

 

You will learn to look differently at the world around you by slowing down and seeing beauty in the every day to find settings you can't wait to paint. Then, by learning to understand design elements and principles, use color, and make the most of artistic license, you'll gain the confidence you need to create light-filled watercolor landscapes. Finally, Joyce shows you how to add fine details to make the painting distinctly yours.

 

                                            You can buy this book here. 

 


Title:

       "Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor: The Critical Ingredients That Turn Paintings into Art"

 

Author: Joseph Zbukvic

Pages: 128

 

Description:  Zbukvic guides artists through step-by-step demonstrations that clearly illustrate how to: identify a subject; plan a painting; control color and value; manipulate edges; add the right finishing touches.

 

With this book, artists can achieve a greater level of mastery with watercolor and deeper, richer painting.

 

You can buy this book here. 

 


Title:

       "Sketchbook Confidential 2: Enter the secret worlds of 41 master artists "

 

Author: Pamela Wissman (Author, Editor), Stefanie Laufersweiler (Author, Editor)

Pages: 176

 

Description:  A brilliant follow-up to the first Sketchbook Confidential, this book grants you access to 38 of art's most creative minds via their sketchbooks. Whether created in studios, subways or the middle of a farmyard, these sketches represent art in its raw form. Up until now, this work has been tucked inside drawers or on studio bookshelves. Now the artists lay it out for all to see, along with intimate musings on the art of sketching and how it helps them commune with a subject, find their path to a finished piece, or discover even greater rewards in the journey itself.

 

You can buy this book here. 

 


Title:

       "Strengthen Your Paintings With Dynamic Composition"

 

Author: Frank Webb

Pages: 146

 

Description: Create compelling paintings by mastering compositional techniques!

 

While happy accidents may occasionally contribute to producing strong, eye-catching paintings, conscious painting is more important. According to author Frank Webb, "Composition is more important than fact, technique, or subject." To create compelling, expressive works, you must make the composition the foundation of your plan. This book provides example-by-example demonstrations of how you can achieve this.

 

The works of 24 professional artists included in this book give you an over-the-shoulder look at how to apply composition techniques. Armed with this information, you can paint a powerful picture and—just as importantly—analyze and improve a work that has gone wrong.

 

You Can Buy This Book Here.

 

 

Title:

       "Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist (James Gurney Art) "

 

Author: James Gurney 

Pages: 223

 

Description: James Gurney is the award-winning fantasy artist and the creator of Dinotopia. Renowned for his uncanny ability to incorporate amazing detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings, James Gurney teaches budding artists and fans of fantasy art step-by-step the techniques that won him worldwide critical acclaim.

 More than an instruction book, this is the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration. Though written with a focus on illustration this is a great book for any beginning artist.

     You can buy this book here. 

 


Title:

"Rendering in Pen and Ink"

 

Author: Arthur L. Guptill

Pages: 255

 

Description:   Arthur L. Guptill's classic Rendering in Pen and Ink has long been regarded as the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject of ink drawing. This is a book designed to motivate and instruct anyone who draws with pen and ink, from the professional artist to the amateur and hobbyist. It is of particular interest to illustrators as well as artists.

 


Contents include a review of materials and tools ; handling the pen and building tones; value studies; kinds of outline and their uses; drawing objects in light and shade; handling groups of objects; basic principles of composition; using photographs, study of the work of well-known artists; on-the-spot sketching; representing trees and other landscape features; drawing architectural details; methods of architectural rendering; examination of outstanding examples of architectural rendering; solving perspective and other rendering problems; handling interiors and their accessories; and finally, special methods of working with pen including its use in combination with other media.  The book is profusely illustrated with over 300 drawings.

 

You Can Buy This Book Here.

 


Title:

 

"Work Small, Learn Big!"

 

Author: International Artist

Pages: 128

 

Description:Pen and wash is one of the easiest and fastest ways to build painting skills. Master painters commonly use it as a first step in more complex, complete paintings: to get down basic compositions and solidify ideas. In Work Small, Learn Big, an impressive list of artists from around the world illustrates the value and possibilities in pen and wash: Tony Couch on designing with pen and wash, Richard Plincke on building confidence, Keith Bowen on techniques to develop personal style, Judy Schroeder on experimenting with pen and wash, Don Getz on expanding picture-making ability with a travel journal.

 

Compressing the styles and methods of a broad array of artists into one volume, this book is full of ideas delivered in a beginner-friendly, illustration-heavy format.

 

You Can Buy This Book Here.

 


Title:

 

"The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley,

Volume One: Drawings"

 

Author: Heinrich Kley

Pages: 148

 

For anyone who loves loose, expressive pen and ink work this book is for you. Volume One focuses on Kley's ink drawings, and reprints for the first time a substantial selection of his illustration work for children's books and adult genre fiction, a side of Kley's career previously unexplored in other collections. This volume also includes a wide sampling of Kley's cartoons and magazine work.

 

You can buy the book here.

 

 

 


Title:

 

"Classic Human Anatomy"

 

Author: Valerie L. Winslow

Pages: 304

 

After more than thirty years of research and teaching, artist Valerie Winslow has compiled her unique methods of drawing human anatomy into one groundbreaking volume: Classic Human Anatomy. This long-awaited book provides simple, insightful approaches to the complex subject of human anatomy, using drawings, diagrams, and reader-friendly text. Three major sections–the skeletal form, the muscular form and action of the muscles, and movement–break the material down into easy-to-understand pieces. More than 800 distinctive illustrations detail the movement and actions of the bones and muscles, and unique charts reveal the origins and insertions of the muscles.

 

You can buy the book here.