SHARING: Art Techniques

 ART TECHNIQUES - RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
I started my topic specific websites about basic aspects of art - e.g.  drawing, composition, colour and working in a series (click the link to go to the topic) - as I worked through various projects to develop my own art education in the basic knowledge and techniques of an artist.  

My aim was to create a site which provided one bookmark as a reference for resources on a specific topic.  They've helped me a great deal and I'm happy to share them with you.
Note: All links to books in the sites listed include an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy a book as a result of clicking on one of these links I will earn a very small sum. (Income earned in this way helps me finance my art and the purchase of new books).
  

TEMPORARY DISRUPTION
The site where I was hosting my 'resources for artists' guides ceased to exist in September 2014.

My host arranged for my sites to be moved to HubPages. Unfortunately, HubPages is proving to be incapable of hosting my comprehensive compendiums of information for artists - so the sites are on the move again - and not all sites listed below have live links - until they complete the move.

I'm aiming to bring you news of some brand new hosts for my resources for artists sites in the near future.


DrawingPart of a sketch I did at the Hideaway Cafe in Malibu after driving from San Francisco - sketching all the way. Drawing and Sketching - Resources for Artists

Find out about drawing and sketching. This site shares advice and information about:

* how to draw and sketch

* drawing materials and sketching kits

* drawing communities and forums



Travel Sketching: How to sketch the places you see

For people who want to know how to sketch and/or advice and information on keeping a sketchbook of their travels. Plus links to various travel sketchbooks for those who like looking at them.

Part of a sketch I did at the Hideaway Cafe in Malibu
after driving from San Francisco - sketching all the way.
For more about sketches on that journey see USA Sketchbook - Southwestern States (2006)
Books about Drawing and SketchingThe Best Books about Drawing and Sketching
Do you want to learn how to draw? Want to find out which are the best books about drawing and sketching? Find out which are the best books about drawing and sketching
NOTE: The Best Books about Drawing and Sketching was developed following a project on my blog - with contributions from fellow artists
 The Best Books about How to Draw People
Want to learn how to draw people, heads and hands? Do you know which are the books which are significantly better than a lot of the books which purport to teach you how to draw people and do no such thing!This site has detailed recommendations about books which have good calibre content for developing skills which can lead to good results.
 How to draw perspective
Do you want to learn how to draw perspective?Ever wondered about the natural and technical aspects of perspective?This is a guide to some of the best resources online about drawing perspective - including the best instruction books about drawing perspective for artists, illustrators, architects and comic book artists
 How to draw and paint animals and birds
Learn how to draw and paint birds, animals and wildlifeThis website focuses on:
  • the best books about drawing and painting animals and wildlife
  • the best books about drawing birds
  • reviews of those books
 The sites below list 20 BRAND NEW books about drawing and sketching and highlights those which I recommend.
 20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2014
20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2013 
20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2012

Painting

The Best Watercolour Paints for Artists
Do you want to know about:
  • which is the best brand of professional grade watercolour paints for artists?
  • the colour range and characteristics of different brand of artist-quality watercolour paint?

Egg Tempera - Resources for Artists
Find out about egg tempera. This site provides links to various websites providing information about egg tempera, artists, supports and grounds, pigments and pigment suppliers in the UK Europe and the USA, books, instruction and workshops about egg tempera and forums for egg tempera artists.

Verre eglomise - Reverse Glass Painting
Find out about Reverse Glass Painting (also known as Verre eglomise or 'hinterglasmalerei') - where the painting is painted on one side and then viewed from the other side.
Best BooksThe Best Watercolour Painting Instruction Books
Find out about how to paint in watercolour
  • Do you need an instruction book about how to paint in watercolour?
  • Do you want to develop your skills in painting with watercolour?
  • Find out about recommended instruction books which can fill in the gaps in your library of books about watercolour painting.
NOTE: The Best Books about Watercolour Painting was developed following a project on my blog - with contributions from fellow artists
 The Best Books about Oil Painting
Develop your knowledge and skills about painting in oils
Do you need an instruction book about how to paint in oils?
Want to develop your skills in painting with oils?
Are you interested in knowing more about oil painting?
 

Colour for ArtistsColour - Resources for Artists
What is colour? Do you know or do you want to learn more about colour and its use as an artist? This site provides links to information and advice about colour

Colour Theory for Artists
If you want to understand more about the science of colour, how it works and how people think (or thought) it works then this is the site for you.
Best BooksThe Best Art Books - Colour
Read the best books for artists and painters about understanding colour, mixing colours and using colour in paintings.

The Best Artist Guides for Mixing Colours

You know the principles about mixing colours - but you'd like more help - preferably in pictures. You want to know a lot more about which colours when mixed together produce another colour. Lots of colour charts in fact - done by somebody else!


 NOTE: The Best Books about Colour was developed following a project on my blog - with contributions from fellow artists

Composition & Design
Composition and Design for Artists

Do you know how to design a painting? Do you want to know more about "the rules" of Composition? Or an explanation of the Principles and Elements of Composition and Design?



Best BooksThe Best Art Books - Composition and Design
Find out which are the best art books about composition and design for art students, leisure painters, improving and advanced artists and art teachers.

 

Creating a Series 12 good reasons to paint in a series
Do you work in a series when you produce art? Do you want know more about working in a series? Find out about 12 reasons to work in a series.
ReferenceMonet's Series Paintings - Rouen Cathedral
This website provides an overview and compendium of the complete series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral by Claude Monet - and where you can see them.

Monet's Series Paintings - Stacks of Wheat
Monet's first set of paintings completed as a series were devoted to stacks of wheat in the field next to his home at Giverny. Find out more about Monet's haystacks series (sometimes called grain stacks)


Making a Mark

Making a Mark reviews......

Travels with a Sketchbook in.......

The Art of the Landscape