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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 :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
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

A comprehensive handbook that not only examines the basics of art materials and techniques but also goes a little further. For example, the chemical composition of pigments is explained and diagrammed; there are sidebars on the historical use of starch; and unusual techniques-e.g., encaustic painting, computers-are detailed. The illustrations are profuse, with each subject treated briefly but thoroughly. A useful addition to any reference shelf. Appended: glossary, bibliography, index. BJ. 760'.028 Art-Technique / Artists' materials [CIP] 86-2985

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.