Book Review: The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Mayer (required reading for Drawing 1)

When I started Drawing 1 and saw the reading list my first action was to check my local library catalogue to see what I could borrow and not buy.  The only book on the reading list that was in my local library collection was this one.  At over 700 pages long it isn’t a book to sit and read cover to cover but more of a encyclopedia for artists to dip into when needed.

My concern is with so much up to date information available in digital form these days, how much extra value does this book actually give.  To be honest if I have a query about a particular technique or material I am probably going to look on the internet and compare sources rather than use this book.  The book does contain a lot of detail such an incredibly intricate chapter on the different pigments available, how they are made, what properties they have, the chemistry of the materials etc etc.  However my learning style is very much one of doing and experimenting with colours so I’m not sure how likely I am to read about the particular pigments and then choose them, I am more likely to experiment with colours until I find a combination I like.

It will be interesting to hear if any other students further along the course have used this book much and what in particular they have found the most useful about this book.

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Author: claire516300

OCA Student. Currently studying Drawing 1

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