The Instant Artist: 40 Quick and Easy Projects that Teach You How to Draw and Paint

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9781855858923: The Instant Artist: 40 Quick and Easy Projects that Teach You How to Draw and Paint

Do you want to instantly sketch a self-portrait, paint a scenic view, or draw just-purchased flowers? One of the best-selling authors in the field will help you capture the range of popular subjects in media from pencil to acrylic! These are can-do artworks, with take-you-by-the-hand instructions on essential tools and materials; tone, color, composition, perspective, and proportion; introductory projects; and slightly more difficult illustrations. Each begins with a photograph, and has an easy-to-follow sequence of instructions and images. "Valuable."--Library Journal.

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Ian Sidaway works as a professional artist and illustrator and is the author of many books including Watercolour, Pastel Drawing and Oil and The Acrylic Painter's Palette. Currently he works in collage and mixed media and has work in private collections in the UK. USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Sweden.

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Titles with words like "instant," "quick," and "easy" in them make me nervous. In an effort to avoid intimidating the student, this one promises more than can logically be delivered. Sidaway's book does present a good starting point for beginning artists. Part 1 surveys tools and materials; Part 2 outlines eight basic disciplines necessary for most genres, including line, tone composition, and perspective; and Part 3 comprises 32 projects in still life, landscape, and the figure. Nevertheless, Simon Jennings's Art Class: A Complete Guide to Painting (LJ 7/00) was more comprehensive. Jennings relied on the advice and the work of a large group of artists to help the beginner choose media, tools, and techniques. A broad variety of media was surveyed, from charcoal to pastels, watercolor, gouache, and oils, and exercises compared the same subject (e.g., a red-enameled coffeepot, painted in both acrylic and pastel). Thus, while Sidaway's book is valuable, Jennings's is a better purchase.
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