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    Good Painting Books?

    Does anybody know of any great how to paint books? Either digital or traditional. I need some guidance for improvement. Also does anyone know of any good design or illustration courses in Vancouver? Thanks a whole bunch guys! L8R

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    hmmm, no one knows any good books? I'm sure one of you do

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    John Foster recommended Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Linda Cateura.
    I just purchased a book called Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by Michael Wilcox which is an excellent book on figuring out how to mix colors and getting the colors you want and not making mud all the time.
    Both are available from Amazon.com.
    Hope this helps.

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    Yeah "Oil Painting Secrets From A Master" is one of the best books you can get.... David Leffel is incredible...
    Some art stores carry the book. You can usually get it for pretty cheap too... around $20 or less

    My portrait painting teacher also highly recommends a book by Robert Henri..."The Art Spirit". It's not really an instructional book though

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    the creative illustration book bt loomis has some good reading. Every page ive turned to it has either refreshed a good idea or taught me something new. The PDF's are in the thread under this one.

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    Those Loomis books are incredible! although they arn't painting, they are incredible drawing books. well worth the download.

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    Great something to start with. Thanks guys. I'll be checking those out. Anymore?

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    No real "painting" book but imho VERY helpful: "Facial Expression" by Gary Faigin. In my own rating definitely a 10

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    I'm reading Gregg Kreutz' "Problem Solving for Oil Painters" at the moment and I'd recommend it to both digital and traditional painters. It answers the typical question of "Why the hell isn't this looking right/good?". Many nice-lookin examples of his own as well. Give it a shot, you won't regret.

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