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Title: The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing
Author: Solomon J. Solomon
Publisher: Published September 19th 2012 by Dover Publications (first published March 15th 2012)
ISBN: 9780486483580
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4.6 out of 5

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This instructive volume introduces not only the techniques of oil painting but also the underlying principles of figure drawing. Written by a distinguished Pre-Raphaelite painter, portraitist, and book illustrator, the treatment begins by explaining the construction of the figure, head, and limbs. Succeeding chapters illustrate these teachings with examples of images by th This instructive volume introduces not only the techniques of oil painting but also the underlying principles of figure drawing. Written by a distinguished Pre-Raphaelite painter, portraitist, and book illustrator, the treatment begins by explaining the construction of the figure, head, and limbs. Succeeding chapters illustrate these teachings with examples of images by the Old Masters, including paintings from the Italian, Dutch, Spanish, French, and British schools. The Birmingham Daily Post pronounced this volume "probably the most useful handbook for art students that has yet been published." Students at every level of expertise will benefit from its discourses on light and shade, monochrome study, still life in color, painting from life in monochrome, coloring a monochrome, and painting in color direct from life. Thirty-two full-color pages complement this new edition of a timeless guide.

30 review for The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrei

    A timely re-issue of an indispensable guide for artists This new edition, re-issued by Dover books and with a foreword by James Gurney - it is a gem of a book. A wealth of drawing and painting wisdom awaits within its pages. Victorian master painter Solomon J. Solomon shows you how to start drawing and slowly progress to successful painting. His methods are, it seems to me, logical, easy to understand and his advice and guidelines eye-openers. Mind you, this is not a step-by-step book, at least no A timely re-issue of an indispensable guide for artists This new edition, re-issued by Dover books and with a foreword by James Gurney - it is a gem of a book. A wealth of drawing and painting wisdom awaits within its pages. Victorian master painter Solomon J. Solomon shows you how to start drawing and slowly progress to successful painting. His methods are, it seems to me, logical, easy to understand and his advice and guidelines eye-openers. Mind you, this is not a step-by-step book, at least not as we understand it. There are a few step by step pointers on how to recognize and treat form and spaces when drawing from life, but you won't find any "mix these colors to paint the eyes, and next take this color for the cheeks" sort of thing (but there is a lot of useful advice on color and the importance of underpainting!). Instead, he gives you an overview on how one should practice and progress in drawing and painting (most of which was really eye-opening for me) in the first part of the book. The second and largest part of the book is a vast study of some of the greatest paintings by the old masters. He breaks it down, discusses their techniques, colors, etc. - it's a real treat. Recently there have been a few books that have been trying to fill the void of study material for academic or classical atelier painting and drawing. I'm thinking of the books by Juliette Aristides (both Classical Drawing Atelier and Classical Painting Atelier) and for example Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder. I own all these and think they are good books, filled with useful information and methods. But Solomon's book just stands out for its clarity, logical methods, and concise information. I believe he has managed to say much more with fewer words. Studying Solomon's book feels like really coming close to the very essence of classical atelier training, a tradition that goes back to the Renaissance. To conclude, it's one of the few books out there that are really valuable for professional artists and hobbyists alike. No matter what level you are, there's something in here for you. My only complaint - if any - would be that the size does not accommodate for large images, so that some of the larger paintings reproduced are a bit too small to get all the detail. But that would be criticism towards the publisher, not the author. Still, this doesn't take away anything of the book's content value. I would give this 10 stars if possible. Very recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I had to really concentrate on this book. Written in 1911..it has words that I have never heard of describing art practices. It had some awesome color plates of the masters and explanations to go with them. I learned alot about what the masters did with their paintings. One reason they got so sick was they used their hands to blend. Pretty scary. We still use many of the techniques shown in this book. I would love to see some more of the real paintings someday. I am going to follow up with this I had to really concentrate on this book. Written in 1911..it has words that I have never heard of describing art practices. It had some awesome color plates of the masters and explanations to go with them. I learned alot about what the masters did with their paintings. One reason they got so sick was they used their hands to blend. Pretty scary. We still use many of the techniques shown in this book. I would love to see some more of the real paintings someday. I am going to follow up with this book by researching the artists and paintings on-line so that I can see more closely what he was talking about!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie Elwood

    This is a good, basic book geared toward those starting out in art. Be advised that it teaches by narrative, not by demonstration. The drawback is that the author is a little pedantic and only really accepts one type of painting (grisaille underpainting with glazes).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Griffith

    Nice color reproductions inside. A fast read. I didn't agree with everything about Mr. Solomon's approach but appreciated his insights nonetheless. There are better and newer books which accomplish what he was aiming for - Juliette Aristides books come to mind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    This is an incredible resource for the figurative artist and really any other type of artist who wants to understand some very rudimentary yet forgotten practices.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Excellent Book originally published in London in 1911, its language is written in the style of that time. It is great book for those wanting old school basics.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rumen

    super

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jason Cheeseman-meyer

    This is a FANTASTIC reinforcing text, reminding artists of lessons they've half-learned or forgotten, and probably expanding their avenues and options for creating works of art.

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    Taylor

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