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    A book on Reilly method

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    Im just starting to get into painting and i've heard from a few places about the Frank Reilly method. I read on the net that they teach it at a few places like watts ateliar but since i live in australia there is no chance of me going there to study it. Just wondering if there are any books written detailing the method or any additional info anyone can give me about it? I've heard little bits and pieces of theory behind it and it sounds very interesting but i was hoping for something with a bit more detail.
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    Thanks for the link
    I was hoping for something more about his actual painting technique tho. I noticed it said on that page that there is a book on his figure drawing techniques by Faragasso, and at jackfaragasso.com it says he has written a book on painting which i assume would be using the reilly method but it has been put on hold. Are there no other books around?

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    The Reilly method is so in-depth, and the separate parts so interrelated, that trying to learn it from books is a difficult proposition. It really needs to be taught. That being said, there have been books written decribing parts of Reilly's system. You'll have to do your own Googling, but this should make that easier.

    The Student's Guide to Painting, by Jack Faragasso: out of print, and incredibly expensive used, but very in-depth. Faragasso's figure drawing book is self-published, and still available.

    Mastering the Craft of Painting, by Angelo John Grado: Also out of print, but easier to come by than Faragasso. Also more excessible, but, consequently, much more simplified. Covers drawing and painting, but only half the book is actually Reilly material.

    The Fine Art of Portraiture, by Frank Covino: Covino's teaching started out based on Reilly, especially in the palette set up, and this, his first book, has the most Reilly material. His later books add more and more personal modifications (not necessarily bad, but not Reilly). Also, needless to say, out of print.

    Values for Pictures Worth A Thousand Words, by Apollo Dorian: Self published, but still available. I don't have a copy, but from what I understand it's straight notes from Reilly's classes. Lots of information, but in pretty raw, unedited form.

    The Artist's Atelier, by Henry Doren: Stay away from this one. It's another self published (actually, print-on-demand) collection of notes from Reilly's classes, but so amaturish and confusing that it would do anyone who isn't already familiar with the material more harm than good.


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    thanks elwell. that faragasso book is insanely expensive, so if you know anyone who has it photocopy it, thats what i did. definately not the same quality. i forgot covino was also a student of reilly. that explains some of his work.

    some of the tutorials ron has posted briefly go over the reilly aproach to drawing but not painting.

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    Don't worry if you can't find Faragasso's book. The knowledge is better presented and more affordable in books by Andrew Loomis, Howard K. Forsberg, George Passantino, the Famous Artist Course, and prominent Arts Student League painters. Much of the information is through Reilly or his students, which is based on Dean Cornwell, Norman Rockwell and Andrew Loomis' painting instructor's teachings at the Art Student's League, Frank V. Dumond.

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