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Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide (Anglais) Relié – 4 novembre 2014

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A Masterful Art Instruction Book for the 21st Century 9 novembre 2014
Par Theseus - Publié sur
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This is a splendid, detailed, intelligent, helpful, and beautiful book.

The book itself is both beautiful and practical: a sturdy, square-ish, hefty thing with a strong binding. You can prop it open to any page -- even get a little rough with it -- and you will do no damage. The quality of the illustrations here puts earlier painting instruction books to shame. The images here are clear, vibrant and expressive. They're loaded with texture. They teach you stuff.

However, the joys of this book are not merely those of layout or design -- this is a masterfully complete resource for working with acrylics. There are something like 50 "Technique Files" which show you in a very detailed fashion techniques you can use to produce certain effects. And the work here is highly acryllic-based, telling you what you should and shouldn't expect of this medium.
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Truly indispensable! A cut above the rest, even though many others are very, very good 9 novembre 2014
Par Gentleheart - Publié sur
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I’ve scanned, skimmed, and checked out from the library many acrylic painting books, but until I found “Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide” by Lorena Kloosterboer, I just couldn’t settle upon one to order. Many of them are good, even very good, but this volume truly is excellent. It has everything I need to give myself a solid basic education in acrylic painting. This book lives up to its name – it’s indispensable.

From the first page to the last, both the author and publisher have gone the extra mile to make the book extraordinary. Its organization and layout are specially designed to make the contents easily accessible to the reader. The innovative “Navigator” panel in the top left-hand margin of some pages helps keep the reader oriented by indicating exactly where you are. There are six chapters: About Acrylics, Materials and Equipment, The Foundation, Acrylic Painting Techniques, Expressing Form and Surface, and Be a Pro. Each is introduced with a full-page painting on the left page and the title of the chapter, a little text, and a few illustrations on the right, facing page. The chapters continue with a perfect balance of text and illustrations, with each technique clearly described in words and beautifully illustrated with step-by-step drawings, paintings, and photographs.

Immediately after the standard “Table of Contents,” there is a secondary contents list called “Technique files.” It lists 65 techniques for which the author gives detailed, step-by-step instructions. The techniques range from the simplest to the most complex, from “Making your own moisture-retaining palette” to “Painting glass: Cut crystal” and “Painting turbulent water: Waterfall.” Each and every one of the “technique files” was useful to me. Even if your own skills are more advanced and you have encountered the techniques in other settings, it is doubtful that you’ve seen them explained and illustrated more clearly than in this book.

The four pages dedicated to “Grisaille” and the two pages dedicated to “Painting glass: Cut crystal” are especially valuable because they show in a step-by-step format some of the techniques that especially distinguish Kloosterboer’s own work. She is a masterful painter of subjects that include glass and other reflective surfaces. I can hardly wait to try her methods!

But the author includes much more than her own magnificent art work. She also includes examples from the works of one hundred other accomplished acrylic painters, many of whom embody techniques and styles much different from the author’s own. We get step-by-step instructions in how to paint flowers, clouds, hair, skin, and much more. For me, the work of Dru Blair (a master of airbrush), Linda McCord, and Jantina Peperkamp was especially captivating. But you will find others herein whose work inspires you. And then, on the last page of the book, you will find these artists’ names and websites, so you can look further into their portfolios. It’s just one more way that this book distinguishes itself from the rest.

I hope the publisher and author add the “Look Inside” feature to this page because, if they do, I’m fairly certain one look will convince you this guide is indispensable. Highly recommended!
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Gorgeous Book on Painting with Acrylics 6 novembre 2014
Par Matthew K. Morgan - Publié sur
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I am a weak (at best) artist and as time has permitted I have looked for resources to help me improve. I was excited when I had the opportunity to look at this book and it has exceeded my expectations - expectations that have been set by the many other books I have seen on the subject of painting. Most other books I have seen on the subject of painting have been little more than portfolios of others’ works, but this book goes into techniques, materials and more in a form that even the rank beginner can grasp.

First off I should say that this book is absolutely gorgeous. It is packed full of full-color photographs and illustrations, not just of completed or partial paintings but also charts, photographs of supplies and studios and so much more. Aside from being an instructional manual on painting with acrylic paint it makes a beautiful coffee table book.

The author goes into some explanation of what makes acrylic paint special and how to work with it. She provides a good comparative chart highlighting the differences between acrylic paint, oils and watercolors as well as a chart that shows a quick comparison/contrast between 9 different popular types of paint. She explains what to look for on paint labels, what additives and mediums are available and the advantages of each and more. From there she gives countless techniques on how to be successful with acrylic paint.

There are six main chapters in this book: “About Acrylics”, “Materials and Equipment”, “The Foundation”, “Acrylic Painting Techniques”, “Expressing Form and Surface” and finally “Be a Pro”. Each chaper is further broken down into smaller bite-sized chunks that may be as short as a page and highlight a specific concept or technique.

What I appreciate most about this book is that it covers even the most basic and simple concepts and does not make any assumptions about the skill or experience levels of the reader. Someone with no knowledge of acrylic paints can pick up this book and learn something. And, everything is presenting in terms that are not insulting or condescending to the beginner but not beneath the experienced artist either. The author did an excellent job of writing to her audience.

Painting in Acrylics is an excellent and gorgeous book on the subject of painting with acrylic paints. It is a book suited for beginners and seasoned artists as well and has a place with anyone wanting to know more about acrylic paints and improving their skills. It is so much more than a portfolio book (of which there is already an abundance) and is a superb choice if you want to work with acrylic paints.
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It is, actually, an indispensable guide. 19 novembre 2014
Par Knits in Tardis - Publié sur
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My daughter, who took several art classes in college including an acrylics course, took an (incorrect) guess that this book retails at close to 100 dollars. This, because it is just that comprehensive: she and her younger siblings (we are an artsy household) were wowed over the scope of what is covered here: not just painting technique but as good a unit on color theory as I have ever seen (as a knitter and sometimes knitting teacher, I’ve seen a few), detailed instructions on creating your own art canvas, and supplies/organizational guidance for the home studio. For the professional, there is everything from how to sign and photograph your art to framing and shipping, and even advice on getting your artwork showed and noticed.

The author shows a marked preference for using realism and hyper-realism for her topic illustrations, a choice which reflects her own background as a celebrated artist in several media. Her credentials and experience enlighten but do not get in the way of the topics presented. That part, perhaps, should be a given, but _Paining in Acrylics_ takes a meticulous, scholarly approach, and too often scholarly books are also brag books for the academics who write them. (Well, I guess this is a brag book insofar as a considerable slice of her portfolio is reproduced on these pages, but they are there strictly to support explication of technique.)

As a person without too many artistic bones in the skeleton, I’m glad to have this reference for my younger children, who are now exploring various physical and digital media for their own art. These pages glow with pure love for and mastery of acrylic painting possibilities. There are images you will swear are photographic, and it’s not just educational, but magical – even after you’ve seen the “trick” deconstructed in a series of carefully explained panels.
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Absolutely Beautiful Book 1 novembre 2014
Par Peggy - Publié sur
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Lorena Kloosterboer is a Dutch-Argentine artist born in the Netherlands in 1962 and currently resides in Antwerp Belgium according to my Google search. Besides this new book, she will release another hardcover book titled "Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics" on December 30, 2014, (the author has clarified the second book has the same contents with a different publisher for the UK and Australian market). She is drawn to realism specializing to create paintings in the trompe l'oeil and photorealism styles.The trompe l'oeil style, (French for "deceive the eye"), is is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Photorealism is a genre of art in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium. This artist excels at both. I encourage you to search the web for her artwork. You will be amazed and that's when I understood how she was using those same skills to write this detailed and practical book to benefit all who have an interest to learn to paint.

This beautiful book says it is the indispensable guide and I have to agree. This book offers 6 major chapters and 65 technique files. It covers everything from buying paint supplies to stretching a canvas and so much more. There are so many topics for the beginner that I was not informed of when I took art classes years ago. I now wish I had been since it would definitely have changed my skill level and enjoyment of the process. I still have all of my art supplies for painting and matting, which now I feel compelled to use. This includes old acrylic paint which I'm fairly certain is unusable and my watercolor paints which hopefully are still okay. After many attempts of water color art which a friend of mine put on her refrigerator as a joke, (and others thought it was her children's work), I felt acrylics were the most forgiving for my talent level and more economical than oil painting.

This colorful book is very generous with artwork examples of various artists and general pictures of various supplies and techniques. I mean this author tells you how to select and use all supplies. It is truly a pleasure to read and time zooms by as you are doing so. This book would make a great gift for the budding artist at the junior high level to someone like me who is middle-aged and now has time available to devote to a hobby. Chapter 6 is about being a Pro, so I hope my brush in hand will aspire to perform that well. In the area I reside there are several well respected art shows for local and national talent. Maybe one day my work would be accepted....
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