The Artist's Handbook

Author(s): Ray Smith

Fine Art

A complete, practical guide to the visual arts, fully restyled and revised for a new generation of artists. Packed with essential information, and featuring over 1000 full-colour illustrations, this is the definitive guide to the tools, materials and techniques of the artist's craft. Ray Smith presents an invaluable pictorial library of the basic skills, as well as providing instruction and inspiration of using more challenging creative techniques. Full-colour step-by-step photographic sequences demonstrate the best way to build up simple or more complex pieces of work, and there are helpful tip boxes throughout. This revised edition sheds new light on advances in many areas of art practice, with expanded sections on the applied arts and additional material on digital imaging, printmaking and public art. For enthusiastic beginners and accomplished artists alike, The Artist's Handbook is an indispensable source of information and inspiration.


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Ray Smith is a writer, illustrator and lecturer at many art schools, including Chelsea School of Art and University of Plymouth. In 1990 he was appointed by HM Government to serve as a member of the Art Working Group for the National Curriculum. He has won a number of art awards, including a Royal Society of Arts Art for Architecture Award. Ray lives in Somerset.

Materials: pigments; oils; resins; glues, starches and gums; waxes; solvents; additives. Supports and grounds: rigid supports; flexible supports; grounds. Drawing: pencil; all-purpose pencil; coloured pencil; soft pastels; oil pastels; chalk and conte crayon; charcoal; silverpoint; scraperboard; pen and ink; brush and ink; other drawing techniques. Painting: painting equipment; watercolour; gouache; tempera; oil paints; acrylics; encaustic. Printmaking: relief printing; intaglio; lithography; screenprinting. Digital media and photography: digital image manipulation; photography. Applied techniques: buon fresco; "dry wall" mural techniques; painted and printed laminates; ceramic tiles; vitreous enamelling; stained glass; laser/water-jet profiling; vinyl and linoleum; mosaic; planting; light and lighting. Conservation and framing: conservation; varnishing; technical examination of paintings; framing. Appendices: colour; perspective; transferring an image; the studio; exhibiting work; public art.

General Fields

  • : 9780751364392
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
  • : May 2003
  • : 263mm X 183mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ray Smith
  • : Hardback
  • : New edition
  • : 702.8
  • : 384
  • : Art techniques & materials; Handicrafts; Reference works
  • : 1000 illustrations