A Few Favorite Resources from My Bookshelves

Sarah Simblet (her pen drawing, Isis 38, above) taught me a lot about how intertwined the semblance of motion and mark-making are in really good drawings.
Sarah Simblet (her pen drawing, Isis 38, above) taught me
a lot about how intertwined the semblance of motion and
mark-making are in really good drawings.

Maybe it is part of having an arts career or maybe it is just me, but I love books and magazines and videos about art and artists about as much as actually painting or drawing. It's just how I am. I can never resist flipping through a good manual on drawing or a painter's catalog. It would be too much to ask of me!

Here are a few of the resources we feature in our Artist Daily Store that I have been utilizing a lot lately. I figured if they are working for me and teaching me things I haven't learned before, so maybe they can do the same for you.

If I could only sketch for the rest of my life, I'd be okay with that, especially after reading through Drawing Magazine's Five Year CD. I now have a broader, deeper understanding of how drawing can make me see the world in a new way, and how I can draw to capture the world I see with interesting compositions and arrangements. It's a win-win situation.

Tiffany's Hat by Scott Burdick, oil painting, 16 x 24.
Scott Burdick really understands how to create
a sense of personality in his portraits
(Tiffany's Hat
, oil painting, 16 x 24).

One of my favorite DVDs is the Portrait Painting Duo DVD with Scott Burdick and Daniel Gerhartz. Watching two confident painters each make a portrait side by side was illuminating, and the environment created a perfect situation where the artists shared tips and methods in a way that was new to me. I learned a lot and took notes, too!

I make no effort to hide how much I love still-life painting, and Still Life Painting Atelier is truly the best: a study on the genre of still life and on the tradition of oil painting. I find the sections on mixing colors for surfaces, including metallics, helpful because painting glass and other surfaces has always been a challenge for me. But the chapters are also built to delve into all aspects of oil painting, from underpaintings and color mixing to glazing and painting in grisaille.

If any of these products have piqued your interest and you want to see more, now is the time to get them because it is Cyber Monday, which means 50% off everything at the North Light Shop with free shipping and more! Enjoy!

 

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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