Friday, December 7, 2012
Book Review: Brushwork Essentials
Finally, FINALLY, I have found what I have been looking for!! Although I am only half way through this book, I had to share it with all you artists out there.
There are so many books on oil painting that talk about composition, values, color etc etc, ( not that I don't appreciate all of those books!) but I have had a difficult time finding a book that explains how to actually get the paint onto your canvas. Until now!
Brushwork Essentials: Expressive Form and Texture with Every Stroke by Mark Christopher Weber is exactly what I have been searching for.
Here is the book description from Amazon:
Knowing how to use a brush properly is essential for effective oil painting. Brushwork Essentials shows artists everything they need to know to render a variety of elegant strokes, along with other exciting techniques like paint mixing and brush shaping. Weber makes mastering each technique easy. He provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, step-by-step demonstrations and complementary artwork that highlights each brushstroke as it appears on the canvas. Readers will also learn how to use different strokes to achieve specific effects, such as lighting, shadowing and more.
I can't express how much I am enjoying reading this book. Some of the things taught I have learned over the years by trial and error, but I am learning a lot more. Like what angle to hold the brush for various effects. Very well written with tons of clear illustrations.
I highly recommend this book!
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