Art books are a great way to start learning as a beginner or expand on your existing art skills.
I love reading art books. Learning new techniques from different sources is great, as everybody has a different style of teaching. Watercolours, acrylics, and oils are favourite media’s of mine. My most favourite media to use when painting is oils.
Artist Painting Techniques – by Dorling Kindersley (DK) – I purchased this beautiful book for $45 from a local bookshop. I usually get my books online as they tend to be more cheaper, but I was out for the day shopping so I bought it. It’s always nice to support local small businesses.
This book is very helpful. It has four sections:
The first section is called ‘The basics’ – under which it teaches: how to get started with painting, observational skills, colour theory, perspective and composition, pencil-drawing basics, using a pencil to create tone, choosing a medium, choosing a subject, working outdoors, and mounting & displaying work. This section is great for beginners, and for artist who need a refresher on those areas of painting.
The last three sections are: Watercolours, Acrylics, and Oils – each which individually have separate levels of teachings based on a persons experience. There are three levels: Beginner techniques, Intermediate Techniques, and Advance Techniques. So lets say you have never painted with acrylics before. You would start by learning from the Acrylics: Beginners techniques area.
This book is very handy, and would be a lovely present for any artist or someone who wants to learn how to paint. Knowledge is key when it comes to growing and expanding your skills. You should always strive to be the best you can with what you are passionate about, and be willing to step out of your comfort zone. It is when we step out of our comfort zone that success happens.
Thank you so much for reading. Keep expanding on your skills, and learn something new each day. Have a lovely day!
Capili Jiron x x