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The artist's handbook
Smith, Ray, 1949-
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
384 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Previously published: New York : Knopf, 1987.

Includes index.
Format :


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Material Type
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N7430 .S54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
N7430 .S54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fully restyled and revised for the twenty-first century artist. The Artist's Handbook is packed with information on the traditional art methods of drawing, painting, and printmaking together with significant modern art techniques such as digital photography, digital printing, and digital image manipulation. Encompasses all the tools, materials and skills of the artist's craft. This is the definitive reference guide for amateurs and proficient, conventional and progressive artists alike.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this handsome and substantial handbook, a classic approach to the technical aspects of art, British artist Smith presents a wealth of information on established materials that he organizes first by function--pigments, resins, solvents, and the like--then by media categorized according to discipline. For instance, his section on drawing contains detailed entries on oil pastels, charcoal, and conte crayon. Painting elicits descriptions and depictions of the uses of watercolor, oils, and acrylics. In the printmaking and digital media and photograpzxzhy categories, Smith focuses more on method than media, with subsections on intaglio, lithography, and screenprinting in the former, and, in the latter, a 10-page discussion of computer manipulation of digital images. Throughout, he amply employs full-color illustrations and demonstrations as examples and teaching aids. This excellent overall guide to the visual arts boasts multiple appendixes on color, perspective, health, and safety. With glossary and index, this far-ranging overview is hard to beat. --Whitney Scott Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

The Complete Drawing & Painting Course is a fine but mysterious volume. It was originally published in Spain, and the authors are referred to only as "a team of experienced professionals." Nevertheless, this work takes a remarkably comprehensive look at materials, light, shade, perspective, color, and the human figure. The last chapter is 155 pages of techniques and exercises in a wide variety of painting and drawing media. Recommended as a respectable manual with a Mediterranean flavor. Smith's New Artist's Handbook takes a far broader look at nearly all art media. In 1987, Smith published The Artist's Handbook to considerable acclaim. Other publishers followed suit with such works as Ralph Mayer's The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques and Phil Metzger's The North Light Artist's Guide to Materials & Techniques. Such handbooks help artists make informed choices about media and surfaces, as well as technical aspects like conservation, framing, and health hazards. Basic techniques are taught for everything from charcoal and scratchboard to lithography and mosaic. Smith, an award-winning artist and lecturer at many art schools in the United Kingdom, covers the latest technologies, such as digitally printed laminates, acqua jet-cut vinyl, and laser-cut metal, without shortchanging traditional aspects of color theory, perspective, and studio work. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.