101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic: Practical Techniques For Rendering A Variety Of Surfaces

by Mia Tavonatti

Walter Foster Publishing | April 1, 2013 | Hardcover

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101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic features step-by-step instructions for mastering a variety of the most common surfaces, including sand, water, metals, foliage, wood, bark, fabrics, stone, grass, and many more. Each page features two similar textures for readers to paint in oil or acrylic using the easy-to-follow steps. Half the battle of achieving precise, realistic results in oil and acrylic painting comes down to one’s ability to accurately render surfaces and textures—a challenging feat for even experienced artists. Although many art instruction books focus on learning to paint specific subjects, many fall short when it comes to offering instruction on techniques that help one capture textures adequately. In 101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic, experienced and talented artist Mia Tavonatti provides artists with the essential skills required to render realistic surfaces in oil and acrylic. Artists will discover tips and tricks for working with both mediums, as well as a variety of techniques, including blending, layering, working with oil and acrylic mediums, creating an underpainting, and more. In addition to valuable step-by-step instructions, general color recommendations offer a helpful “get started quick” guide. This helpful guide includes an index for fast and easy reference, while a short gallery at the end of the book shows how various textures represent in finished works of art. With its breadth of coverage, easy-to-follow instruction, and helpful tips, 101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic is a must-have art instruction book for artists of all skill levels and is sure to be referenced time and again.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 128 pages, 9.75 × 7 × 0.75 in

Published: April 1, 2013

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1600582990

ISBN - 13: 9781600582998

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101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic: Practical Techniques For Rendering A Variety Of Surfaces

101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic: Practical Techniques For Rendering A Variety Of Surfaces

by Mia Tavonatti

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 128 pages, 9.75 × 7 × 0.75 in

Published: April 1, 2013

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1600582990

ISBN - 13: 9781600582998

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To create the long, somewhat coarse texture of this mane, start by painting the darkest shadows, using a 1/2-inch brush loaded with two parts of burnt sienna and one part black.

Apply the paint in long, full-length strokes that start at the ridge and move toward the ends of the hairs. Use a soft, dry blending brush to trace over the strokes to blur and soften the edges.

Clean your brush and pat it dry and then use it to pick out color from the lightest areas. Use the edge of the brush and less pressure as you reach the ends of the hairs to create fine-pointed tips. Wipe your brush clean after every few strokes.

Table of Contents

Getting StartedHow to Use This BookTools & MaterialsColor TheoryPainting TechniquesPeople1. Smooth Skin2. Aged Skin3. Straight Hair4. Curly Hair5. Wavy Hair6. Facial Hair7. EyeAnimals & Insects8. Smooth Canine Fur9. Curly Canine Fur10. Coarse Canine Fur11. Long Cat Hair12. Short Cat Hair13. Horse Coat14. Horse Mane15. Dolphin16. Elephant17. Snake18. Leopard19. Zebra20. Starfish21. Feathers22. Butterfly Wing23. SpiderwebFabrics & Textiles24. Burlap25. Wool26. Tweed27. Plaid28. Denim29. Cotton30. Silk31. Satin32. Velvet33. Leather34. Patent Leather35. Sequins36. Lace37. Straw Hat38. Woven BasketGlass, Stone, Ceramics, Wood & Metal39. Beveled Crystal40. Clear Glass41. Amber-Colored Glass42. Cobalt-Colored Glass43. Porcelain44. Shiny Gold45. Polished Sterling Silver46. Pewter47. Copper48. Hammered Brass49. Clay Pottery50. Rusted Steel51. Smooth Concrete52. Stucco53. Brick54. Cobblestone55. Marble56. Pearl57. Diamond58. Smooth Wood59. Aged Wood60. Wooden Barrel61.Wrought IronFoods & Beverages62. Citrus Fruit Rind63. Orange Fruit64. Apple65. Grapes66. Coconut67. Peanut Shell68. Walnut Shell69. White Wine70. Red Wine71. Black Coffee72. French Baguette73. Frosting74. Dark ChocolateNature75. Tree Bark76. Pine Tree Needles77. Pinecone78. Palm Frond79. Thatched Roof80. Fern81. Moss82. Grass Field83. Flower Petals84. Mountain Rock85. Smooth Rock86. River Pebbles87. Sand88. Seashell89. Running River90. Still Lake91. Rippled Lake92. Bubbles93. Smoke94. Ocean95. Clouds96. Rain Drops on a Wi
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101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic features step-by-step instructions for mastering a variety of the most common surfaces, including sand, water, metals, foliage, wood, bark, fabrics, stone, grass, and many more. Each page features two similar textures for readers to paint in oil or acrylic using the easy-to-follow steps. Half the battle of achieving precise, realistic results in oil and acrylic painting comes down to one’s ability to accurately render surfaces and textures—a challenging feat for even experienced artists. Although many art instruction books focus on learning to paint specific subjects, many fall short when it comes to offering instruction on techniques that help one capture textures adequately. In 101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic, experienced and talented artist Mia Tavonatti provides artists with the essential skills required to render realistic surfaces in oil and acrylic. Artists will discover tips and tricks for working with both mediums, as well as a variety of techniques, including blending, layering, working with oil and acrylic mediums, creating an underpainting, and more. In addition to valuable step-by-step instructions, general color recommendations offer a helpful “get started quick” guide. This helpful guide includes an index for fast and easy reference, while a short gallery at the end of the book shows how various textures represent in finished works of art. With its breadth of coverage, easy-to-follow instruction, and helpful tips, 101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic is a must-have art instruction book for artists of all skill levels and is sure to be referenced time and again.

From the Jacket

In this essential guide, experienced artist Mia Tavonatti provides readers with the information they need to render a variety of realistic surfaces and textures in oil and acrylic. Divided into six sections covering people; animals & insects; fabrics & textiles; foods & beverages; glass, stone, ceramics, wood & metal; and nature, artists will learn to master everything from sand, water, and grass to fur, feathers, and butterfly wings—step by easy step. Additionally, artists will discover helpful techniques for working with both mediums, while a short artist's gallery demonstrates how many of the featured textures represent in finished paintings.

About the Author

Mia Tavonatti is an artist with a variety of interests, including a strong passion for painting and drawing. She moved from Michigan to California to attend art school at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her BFA and MFA in illustration. She has also studied painting abroad, and she loves to spend her summers painting in Greece. Mia has exhibited her work extensively, both in Europe and throughout the United States. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, and her work can be seen on more than 45 book covers and in several magazines. In addition to her illustrative work, she has created a number of murals and commissions for restaurants, private residences, and corporations. She teaches illustration and painting and the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach and currently resides in Costa Mesa, California.