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


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101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic: Practical Techniques for Rendering a Variety of Surfaces by Mia Tavonatti

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600582998
Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Series: 101 Textures Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,208,737
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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 at the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach and currently resides in Costa Mesa, California.

Read an Excerpt

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 Started
How to Use This Book
Tools & Materials
Color Theory
Painting Techniques
1. Smooth Skin
2. Aged Skin
3. Straight Hair
4. Curly Hair
5. Wavy Hair
6. Facial Hair
7. Eye
Animals & Insects
8. Smooth Canine Fur
9. Curly Canine Fur
10. Coarse Canine Fur
11. Long Cat Hair
12. Short Cat Hair
13. Horse Coat
14. Horse Mane
15. Dolphin
16. Elephant
17. Snake
18. Leopard
19. Zebra
20. Starfish
21. Feathers
22. Butterfly Wing
23. Spiderweb
Fabrics & Textiles
24. Burlap
25. Wool
26. Tweed
27. Plaid
28. Denim
29. Cotton
30. Silk
31. Satin
32. Velvet
33. Leather
34. Patent Leather
35. Sequins
36. Lace
37. Straw Hat
38. Woven Basket
Glass, Stone, Ceramics, Wood & Metal
39. Beveled Crystal
40. Clear Glass
41. Amber-Colored Glass
42. Cobalt-Colored Glass
43. Porcelain
44. Shiny Gold
45. Polished Sterling Silver
46. Pewter
47. Copper
48. Hammered Brass
49. Clay Pottery
50. Rusted Steel
51. Smooth Concrete
52. Stucco
53. Brick
54. Cobblestone
55. Marble
56. Pearl
57. Diamond
58. Smooth Wood
59. Aged Wood
60. Wooden Barrel
61.Wrought Iron
Foods & Beverages
62. Citrus Fruit Rind
63. Orange Fruit
64. Apple
65. Grapes
66. Coconut
67. Peanut Shell
68. Walnut Shell
69. White Wine
70. Red Wine
71. Black Coffee
72. French Baguette
73. Frosting
74. Dark Chocolate
75. Tree Bark
76. Pine Tree Needles
77. Pinecone
78. Palm Frond
79. Thatched Roof
80. Fern
81. Moss
82. Grass Field
83. Flower Petals
84. Mountain Rock
85. Smooth Rock
86. River Pebbles
87. Sand
88. Seashell
89. Running River
90. Still Lake
91. Rippled Lake
92. Bubbles
93. Smoke
94. Ocean
95. Clouds
96. Rain Drops on a Window
97. Rain Drops from the Sky
98. Snowflakes
99. Snow Powder
100. Frozen Pond
101. Fall Foliage
Artist’s Gallery
About the Author

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