All About Techniques in Oil
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Although starters may find «new» things more often than professional artists when reading this book, I give this book a 5-star rating as a reference book. The book covers from material, tools, to brushstroke and other techniques in oil. In brief, readers can learn what to buy to prepare painting in oil, how to put material together (canvas, priming canvas, etc...), and how to achieve painting effects that help express ideas in oil.
How much better someone's painting gets after using this book may vary from individual to individual, but this book is definitely a must-have for any oil artist.
Itten's analysis and application of color is thoughtful and scientific. As a practicing art director, I have successfully used the theories and methods explained in «Elements of Color» for over twenty years. I also teach them to my design classes. Whether you use a paintbrush or a mouse, his «seven color contrasts» will prove invaluable.
I find it to be absolutely great start for me. I love art. I want to learn oils and I am very impatiant to actually start making interesting pieces. This book is very visual, easy to read and takes you straight to the point. I don't have to read chapter after chapter from the beginning - I can start reading from whichever topic is most needed for me right now and still get great advises without getting lost (being a beginner). Has a few interesting triks and intriquing technics. Very inspiring! Good basic reference. Great for beginners!