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Best Painting Books You Should Enjoy

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Painting books.

Digital Painting in Photoshop: Industry Techniques for Beginners: A comprehensive introduction to techniques and approaches (2018)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyLearn how to paint digitally in Adobe Photoshop; the key professional software for illustrators, video game artists, and the CG industry. Inside Digital Painting in Photoshop: Industry Techniques for Beginners is everything the budding digital painter needs to know about the customizable Photoshop interface, its efficient tools, essential painting brushes, and complex layers and masks.
Author(s): 3DTotal Publishing

Compendium of Acrylic Painting Techniques (2014)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyAimed at all painters, from beginners to the more experienced, this book is packed with expert advice on all aspects of acrylic painting: what to do, and what not to do. Learn how to choose and mix colors, and create a multitude of effects using only one set of tubes. Discover how to make your own equipment, set up a “studio” space, and use household materials to save money.
Author(s): Gill Barron

Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist (2014)

 Best Painting Books You Should Enjoy  Have you landed in a frustrating rut? Are you having trouble selling paintings in galleries, getting bogged down by projects you can’t seem to finish or abandon, or finding excuses to avoid working in the studio?
Author(s): Carol Marine

Painting in Sixteenth-Century Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto (1997)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyPainting in Sixteenth-Century Venice, here published in a revised and updated edition, explores the visual tradition of one of the most important centres of the Italian Renaissance through a study of three masters – Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto. These painters dominated and shaped the traditions of Venetian painting in the High and Late Renaissance.
Author(s): David Rosand

How to Paint Living Portraits (North Light Classics) (2011)

 Best Painting Books You Should Enjoyshares secrets for infusing portraits with life.Since its original publication, this best-selling book has earned a loyal following among students of portraiture. Back in print by popular demand, How to Paint Living Portraits has been updated to help today’s artists discover the joys of this time-honored tradition. Hands-on instruction covers a range of ages and ethnicities, offering a practical approach to creating successful, spirited portraits in charcoal, oils and watercolor.
Author(s): Roberta Carter Clark

Painting and Reality (Meridian books) (1959)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyEtienne Gilson was a French philosopher and historian of philosophy, especially medieval philosophy, The book is about the kind of reality proper to paintings and their relation to the natural order. He writes in the Preface:My own problem exactly is: what has a philosopher to learn from painting?
Author(s): Etienne Gilson

Rock Art Handbook: Techniques and Projects for Painting, Coloring, and Transforming Stones (Fox Chapel Publishing) Over 30 Step-by-Step Tutorials using Paints, Chalk, Art Pens, Glitter Glue & More (2018)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyRock art is showing up everywhere, and anyone can do it! Rock art is showing up everywhere—on Etsy, at craft shows, online, and on hidden “kindness rocks” around your neighborhood. And the good news is you can do it yourself! Just look in your own backyard, a nearby beach, or the local gardening center to find the perfect rock. Then with the help of a few colorful craft supplies and the tutorials in Rock Art Handbook, you’ll be on your way!
Author(s): Samantha Sarles

Painting and Experience in 15th Century Italy (Oxford Paperbacks) (1986)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyThis book is an introduction to 15th century Italian painting, and a primer in how to read social history out of the style of pictures. It examines the commercial practices of the early Renaissance picture, trade in contracts, letters, and accounts. It explains how the visual skills and habits evolved in the daily life of any society entry into it’s painters’ style. #2,603,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Professor Michael Baxandall

Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques, The: A Unique Visual Directory Of Oil Painting Techniques, With Guidance On How To Use Them (2018)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyIdeal for artists of all skill levels, this A-Z reference covers a multitude of topics concerning oil painting. The book is divided into two sections: the first provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic color mixing through to creating special effects such as peinture a l’essence and sgraffito.
Author(s): Jeremy Galton

Learn to Paint in Acrylics with 50 Small Paintings: Pick up the skills * Put on the paint * Hang up your art (2015)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyThis unique book is , built up from key techniques. As you progress through the sections of the book, the author , measuring 5-inches squared. So by the time you have worked right through to the end, you will have an amazing collection of 50 mini paintings—on board, paper, or canvas—that will be a testament to your skill and creativity.
Author(s): Mark Daniel Nelson

Stone Painting for Kids: Designs to Spark Your Creativity (2018)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyWinner of a Bronze 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Award! This follow-up to the bestselling The Art of Stone Painting offers a kid-friendly version of an engaging activity that helps promote creativity. Popular stone artist F.
Author(s): F. Sehnaz Bac

Flowers and Designs to Copy (1988)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyCover has only minimal wear and a small bit of sticker residue on upper edge. A penciled 3.50 on order page (page 1), small paint or rust stain on inside cover. Ships fast from California. #1,330,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #314 in Acrylic Painting Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Lola Ades

The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity (2017)

 Best Painting Books You Should EnjoyThirty fantastic designs transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide.
Author(s): F. Sehnaz Bac

Best Painting Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some painting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Painting Architecture: "Jiehua" in Yuan China, 1271–1368

Author(s): Leqi Yu
ID: 3635193, Publisher: Hong Kong University Press, Year: 2023, Size: 57 Mb, Format: pdf

The Urban Sketching Handbook Color First, Ink Later: A Dynamic Approach to Drawing and Painting on Location

Author(s): Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara
ID: 3190378, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2022, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

Rock Painting Flowers, Cottages, Houses, and Towns: Step-by-Step Instructions, Techniques, and Ideas―20 Projects for Everyone

Author(s): Lin Wellford
ID: 3196203, Publisher: Racehorse, Year: 2022, Size: 37 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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