John Singer Sargent
Recommended Art Books and Classes
Sargent Abroad: Figures and Landscapes
The best and most comprehensive book I've ever read on the greatest watercolourist of all time! This book actually has Sargent's watercolors as the focus, not as an aside.
An amazing book.
I saw Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks at a wonderful exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art several years ago. Amazing! This book puts you into the mind of the greatest sketcher of all time. Read it, copy it, be inspired!
Comprehensive class (I mean absolutely everything outside of what just surgeons need to know) on human anatomy for the artist. I may be just a bit of a nerd, but I love seeing the different muscles and tendons and how everything fits together. If you know what's beneath the skin, you become a better portrait artist.
Facial Expression by Gary Faigin
If you want to paint portraits, you need this book. It's an excellent book on drawing people.
A wonderful Craftsy class by Gary Faigin that shows portrait drawing basics clearly. Get this on a rainy afternoon and it will improve your portrait drawing skills.
I particularly enjoyed his Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness class.
Since my kids are very active, drawing with a model and a teacher was fun and relaxing!
Gary Faigin is not the best artist, but he is the best teacher for learning to draw basic features on anyone's face and learning to analyze facial expressions. For instance, you can always tell a fake smile by the eyes after a class or reading his book. Since so many models make that fake smile automatically, you can correct their expression or adjust for it in your painting.
Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor by Mary Whyte
A nice view into the studio and method of a very good modern portrait artist. A lot of the paintings are from Working South. In this book she explains more of her painting techniques.
Working South by Mary Whyte
Pure inspirational portraits. Lovely paintings about the manual laborers of the South. From milliners to fishermen, all the disappearing skilled trades are disappearing, but Mary Whyte has captured them in a wonderful way. I personally prefer the sketches at the back to the finished paintings!
Robert Wade Painting More Than the Eye Can See
One of the world's master watercolor teachers.
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Websites to Learn More
Excellent watercolor resource with a lot of different styled painters.
Extremely well researched site about paper, paints and everything else watercolor! Unfortunately it's not being kept up so some of the materials information is dated.
M. Graham & Co.
Beautiful pigments mixed with honey. My favorite pigments by far!
I use primarily Twinrocker paper in heavy art or art and 0 on their white scale.
It's a gorgeous handmade paper that has just enough texture but shows pigments beautifully. I'm very impressed with it!
Note: Twinrocker paper sometimes behaves badly with masking fluid, pulling up in pieces. If this starts to happen, go very slowly with masking removal. Everything can usually be salvaged. Use Incredible White Masking - it works well!
Cheap Joe's Art Supplies
Reasonably priced, but not cheap, art supplies. Don't order Arches paper from them since they put a sticker on individual pieces that leaves residual stickiness. Very frustrating to find out halfway through a painting!
They also carry lighter weight Twinrocker paper.
Best synthetic round brushes available!
Daniel Smith, Fine Artists' Materials
Gorgeous watercolor paints under their own name, very good quality.
I've been buying more and more supplies here. Probably because it has a good stock of artist quality materials and there is a store 20 minutes away. The only art store in Atlanta.
How sad is it that a major city - with an Art Institute - has hardly any art stores? (I won't even talk about the lack of good art museums. There are a few, but not enough for a city this size.)
Good, well-priced art supply store. They've featured me in their email newsletter
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