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Introduction to Art

This book is not designed to teach the reader how to be an artist, nor is it step-by step instruction on how to directly make art. This book is an overview of tools, procedures and creation paradigms for creating art within each of the major artistic disciplines.

Training a person to create art is not a subject that can be easily handled by any one book, at least not effectively. Learning to create art is a process that consists of directed practice and diligent study.

The aim of this book is to give the reader a better understanding for some of the individual components that generally make up artistic creation and the creative process.

Art, an Introduction


The Basics of Two-Dimensional Art
Drawing I – Overview, Examples, and Tools Used
Drawing II – Forms of Drawing (i.e. Line Drawing)
Drawing Exercises – Exercises for Learning Drawing
Painting I – Overview, Examples, and Tools Used
Painting II – Forms of Painting (i.e. Water Colors)
Paints (Water-Based) – Important Considerations for Water-Based Paints
Paints (Oil-Based) – Important Considerations for Oil-Based Paints
Paints (Wax-Based) – Important Considerations for Encaustic Paints
Painting Exercises – Exercises for Learning Painting
Digital Art I – Overview, Examples, and Tools Used
Digital Art II – Forms of Digital Art (i.e. Vector Graphics)
Digital Art (Color Schemes) – Important Considerations for Digital Color Schemes
Digital Art Exercises – Exercises for Learning Making Digital Art
Sculpture I – Overview, Examples, and Tools Used
How to Make a Living
Practical Approach for the Artist – Learning how to market your Art, to whom, where and when. Resources.
Legalities Learning copyrights, attribution laws, contractual arrangements. Keeping the books.
Finer points for Contemporary Fine Artists – Overcoming "starving artist" mythology, how to make a living as an artist while you're still alive. Interviews with successful contemporaries.

Art History