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Nita Leland's Other Art Media Book List

Curtis, Seng-gye and Christopher Hunt. The Complete Airbrush Book. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980. Good reference for examples of airbrush art.

Dell, Fred with Andy Charlesworth. The Airbrush Artist's Handbook.. Running Press, 1986. Quick reference on equipment, materials and techniques.

Duckett, Graham. Creative Airbrushing: A Step-By-Step Guide to Techniques, Skills, and Equipment. Macmillan, 1985. Good basic information on airbrush.

Gottsegen, Mark David. The Painter's Handbook. Watson-Guptill, 2006. An updated reference book on all media, including information on hazardous materials and safety in the studio.

Martin, Judy. Airbrushing Gradated Tones. North Light, 1988. Illustrated how-to guide for airbrush.

Martin, Judy. Basic Airbrush Painting Techniques. North Light, 1994. A practical guide with simple projects.

Martin, Judy. Using Stencils & Masks. North Light, 1988. A complete guide with simple projects.

Owen, Peter & Jan Rollason. The Complete Manual of Airbrushing. Knopf, 1988. Practical guide to tools, materials and techniques.

Taylor, Mark. Airbrush Artist's Pocket Palette. North Light, 1996. Handy pocket reference for airbrush.

Vero, Radu. Airbrush: The Complete Studio Handbook. Watson-Guptill, 1997. One of the best of the many airbrush books.

Vero, Radu. Airbrush2: Concepts for the Advanced Artist. Watson-Guptill, 1991. More advanced techniques in airbrush with step-by-step demos.

West, Peter. Airbrushing: Tools, Techniques, Materials. Walter Foster, 1986. Basics on equipment, exercises, stencils.

Botts, Timothy. DoorPosts. Tynedale, 1981. Beautiful calligraphy, inspirational text.

Graham, David. Colour Calligraphy. Search, 1991. Wonderful examples of color calligraphy.

Harris, David. Calligraphy: Modern Masters. Crescent, 1991. Art, inspiration and technique: magnificent examples of contemporary calligraphy.

Noble, Mary & Adrian Waddington. The Art of Color Calligraphy. Running Press, 1997. Beautiful calligraphy book.

Qu Lei Lei. The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy. Watson Guptill, 2002. Create your own Chinese characters and symbols for good fortune and prosperity.

Shepherd, Margaret. Calligraphy Alphabets Made Easy. Perigree, 1985. A classic text, very helpful.

Stuart, David. Calligraphy A to Z. Dover, 2003. User-friendly for anyone wanting to learn calligraphic writing or simply improve their handwriting.

Colored Pencil
Borgeson, Bet. The Colored Pencil. Watson-Guptill, 1995. Good colored pencil book.

Borgeson, Bet. Basic Colored Pencil Techniques. North Light, 1997. Best basic reference on colored pencil.

Curnow, Vera. Creative Colored Pencil Portraits. Rockport, 1996. Beautiful examples by experts.

Gildow, Jane. Colored Pencil Explorations. North Light, 2002. Good technical information and great demos in colored pencil with pastel, watercolor and more.

Gildow & Newton. Colored Pencil Solution Book. North Light, 2000. Fabulous artwork and solid information in colored pencil.

Greene, Gary. Painting With Water-Soluble Colored Pencils. North Light, 2002. Materials and techniques for a painterly style with rich color.

Hammond, Lee. Draw NASCAR. Watson-Guptill, 2004. A lot of great drawing instruction for colored pencil. You'll learn a lot about auto racing, too! Watercolor Pencil Magic. North Light, 2002. Good book for basic techniques on many subjects.

Kullberg, Ann. Capturing Soft Realism in Colored Pencil. North Light, 2002. Beginners to advanced with doable techniques.

Kullberg, Ann. Colored Pencil Portraits Step-by-Step. North Light, 1999. Very popular with CP artists.

Strother, Jane. Colored Pencil artist's Pocket Palette. North Light, 1993. Color sample reference book.

Crook & Learner. Impact of Modern Paints. Watson-Guptill, 2000. How paint chemistry and the advent of acrylics influenced 20th century painters.

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth ed. Viking, 1991. A technical reference all serious artists should be familiar with.

Metzger, Phil. The Artist's Illustrated Encylopedia: Techniques, Materials & Terms. North Light, 2001. A comprehensive reference, lavishly illustrated with contemporary art works, photographs and charts.

Pyle, David. Paint & Colors: What Every Artist Needs to Know. Krause, 2000. The book is comprehensive, covering everything from the history of pigments to the behavior of paints and safety issues.

Sidaway, Ian. The Watercolor Artist's Paper Directory. North Light, 2000. Discover the best papers for your art.

Bulgin, Sally, ed. The Artist's Problem Solver.. North Light, 2001. Practical solutions from ten professional artists for painting in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics.

Dawson, Doug. Capturing Light and Color With Pastel.. North Light, 1991. Good pastel book.

Elliot, John. Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginner. Watson-Guptill, 2002. A very clear explanation of the medium with excellent pages on making marks, blending and using solvents.

Frost, Dennis. Capturing Personality in Pastel. Watson-Guptill, 1982. Getting expression into portraits.

Handell, Albert and Anita Louise West. Painting the Landscape in Pastel. Watson-Guptill, 2000. Mostly plein air techniques. Techniques and application to subjects. Includes appendix of suppliers.

Katchen, Carole. Express Yourself with Pastel. International Artist, 2001. Her usual thorough coverage of a subject, based on her work with whimsical figures.

Leslie, Kenneth. Oil Pastel: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist. Watson-Guptill, 1990. The only one I've found on oil pastel, a useful reference.

Mowry, Elizabeth. The Poetic Landscape Watson Guptill, 2001. An inspiring pastel book for artists in all media.

Roddon, Guy. Pastel Painting Techniques. North Light, 2001. 17 pastel painting projects step-by-step.

Pen & Ink
Henning, Fritz. Drawing and Painting With Ink. North Light, 1986. Explores ink techniques in exciting ways with fine examples.

International Artist editors. Work Small, Learn Big!: Sketching with Pen & Watercolor. International Artist, 2003. Compilation of sketches by 17 artists. Styles range from loose and spontaneous to highly detailed with many notes.

Nice, Claudia. Creating Textures in Pen & Ink With Watercolor. North Light, 1995. All you need to know about using pen and ink with watercolor, a great combination.

Nice, Claudia. Painting Nature in Pen & Ink With Watercolor. North Light, 1998. More pen and ink with watercolor.

Ang, Tom. The Art of Digital Photography. Amphoto, 1999. Information on cameras (now outdated), scanning techniques and digital darkroom. Shows the work of several photographers using the techniques.

Busselle, Michael. Expert Techniques for Creative Photography. Writer's Digest, 1992. Lots of ideas for creative composition and subject. Not a technical manual. An oldie but goodie.

Carucci, John. The New Media Guide to Creative Photography. Amphoto, 1998. Image capture in the digital age. Outdated as to equipment, but has some interesting techniques. I hope they update this one.

Dennison, et al. Producing a First-Class Video for Your Business.. Self-Counsel, 1992. Step-by-step guide for planning and producing a video.

Drager, Kerry. Scenic Photography 101. Amphoto, 1999. Good coverage of techniques for specific site characteristics. Not much camera information, but I don't miss it. Great photos.

McClelland, Deke and Katrin Eismann. Real World Digital Photography. Very good on the technical side, not just bells and whistles. A lot on how the camera works and basic techniques for digital darkroom.

Georges, Gregory. 50 Fast Digital Photo Techniques. Hungry Minds, 2001. Very handy guide for the non-professional. A great way to get started and get creative. (Uses Photoshop Elements.)CD included.

Gross & Shapiro. Tao of Photography. Ten Speed, 2001. A remarkable blend of Taoist philosophy and black-and-white photography.

Hart, Russell. Photographing Your Artwork. Northlight, 2000. My bible for photographing my watercolors and collages. A step-by-step guide to taking high quality slides at an affordable price.

Hedgecoe, John. Complete Guide to Photography. Sterling, 1995. A step-by-step course, but technical information is outdated. Good information, though, on subject, composition, etc.

Hill, Martha and Art Wolfe (photographer). The Art of Photographing Nature. Three Rivers Press, 1993. Spectacular photographs illustrate the text jam-packed with information on design, color, light, and creativity with camera features.

Lange, Joseph. How to Photograph Landscapes. Stackpole, 1998. Excellent instruction on landscape photography, especially in the Southwest.

Nichols, Clive. Photographing Plants & Gardens. David & Charles, 1998. Spectacular photos accompanied by technical information on photographic equipment and techniques for photographing gardens and plants.

Patterson, Freeman. Photography and the Art of Seeing. Key Porter, 1989. An excellent book on composing from nature.

Patterson, Freeman. Shadow Light. HarperCollins, 1996. Life of a fantastic photographer with wonderful examples of his work.

Rowell, Galen. Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape. Yolla Bolly, 1986. Magnificent photograph art of mountains around the world.

Sadun, Erica. Digital Photography: I didn't know you could do that... Sybex, 2000. Techniques and projects--a fun, useful book. CD included.

Shaw, John. Closeups in Nature. Amphoto, 1987. Effective use of close-up equipment in the field. Great photos.

Shaw, John. Nature Photography Field Guide. Amphoto, 2000. Mostly a technical guide to buying and using equipment. Great photos.

Zuckerman, Jim. Secrets of Color in Photography. Writer's Digest Books, 1998. Color, light, film, and digital manipulation of color, accompanied by great photos.

Zuckerman, Jim. Techniques of Natural Light Photography. Writer's Digest Books, 1996. Sensational outdoor photography at different times of the day.

Ayres, Julia. Monotype: Mediums and Methods for Painterly Printmaking. Watson-Guptill, 1991. The best book on the subject.

Ayres, Julia. Printmaking Techniques. Watson-Guptill, 1993. Excellent overview of printmaking.

Bethmann, Laura. Nature Printing With Herbs, Fruits and Flowers. Storey, 1996. Complete instructions, lovely book.

Brommer, Gerald. Relief Printmaking. Davis, 1970. Variety of techniques, good examples.

Dahl, Carolyn A. Natural Impressions: Taking an Artistic Path Through Nature. Watson-Guptill, 2002. Making nature prints with leaves, flowers and fish. A poetic text, very clear on supplies and instruction.

Marculewicz, Nancy. Making Monotypes Using a Gelatin Plate. Hand Books Press, 2002. A fun and easy way to make prints without a press.

Welden, Dan & Pauline Muir. Printmaking in the Sun. Watson-Guptill, 2001. Artist's guide to using the solarplate method of making professional quality prints.

Various Media
Bagnall, Brian. Creative Drawing and Painting. North Light, n.d. Richly illustrated with examples in all media.

Bossom, Michael. Encaustic Art: How to Paint With Wax. Search Press, 1997. A lot of information in a small book with how-to-do-it photographs and text.

Brommer, Gerald and Nancy Kinne. Exploring Painting: A Guide for Teachers. Davis, 1995. Excellent overview of painting media.

Brooks, Leonard. The Many Ways of Water and Color: Watercolor, Acrylic, Casein, Gouache, Inks, Mixed Techniques. North Light, 1977. An early mixed-media book that I've always enjoyed.

Chavarria, Joaquim. The Art of Mosaics. Watson-Guptill, 1999. A guide to the history, materials, equipment and techniques.

DeSimone, Paula. The Decorative Painter's Color Shaper Book: A Creative Guide for the Decorative Artist.. Quarry, 1999. Techniques and patterns for using color shaper tools.

Ferry, David. Painting Without a Brush. Wellfleet, 1991. Try some unusual techniques.

Friend David. The Creative Way to Paint. Watson-Guptill, 1970. Improvisation, imagination and personal approach.

Green, Jean Drysdale. ArtEffects. Watson-Guptill, 1993. Textures and illusions, lots of creative ideas.

Gruenig, Dee. The Great Rubber Stamp Book: Designing, Making, Using. Sterling, 1997. Basic reference, lots of examples.

Hamm, Jack. First Lessons in Drawing and Painting. Perigree, 1988. A complete and easy guide.

Harrison, Hazel. Painting Great Pictures From Photographs. North Light, 2001. Gain a new visual vocabulary and find creative possibilities.

Hauser, Priscilla. Create Your Own Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap. North Light, 1994. Excellent craft book.

Heller, Jules. Papermaking. Watson-Guptill, 1998. How to make handmade paper for printmaking, drawing, painting, relief and cast forms, book arts and mixed media.

Holsinger, Eric. How Multi-Media Works. Ziff-Davis, 1996. Consumer's guide to multi-media technology.

Howard, Rob. The Illustrator's Bible: The Complete Sourcebook of Tips, Tricks, and Time-Saving Techniques in Oil, Alkyd, Acrylic, Gouache, Casein, Watercolor, Dyes, Inks, Airbrush, Scratchboard, Pastel, Colored Pencil, and Mixed Media. Watson-Guptill, 1992. Great studio handbook, especially for commercial art techniques.

Huntly, Moira. Painting in Mixed Media. North Light, 1989. Ideas and demos in different media and subjects.

Jameson, Kenneth. Starting With Abstract Painting and Abstract Work in Other Media. Watson-Guptill, 1970. An early book that helps understand abstraction.

Jones, Andy. Decorative Paint Finishes for the Home. Watson-Guptill, 1996. Complete guide for interiors, furniture and accessories.

Jung, Kwan. Chinese Brush Painting Step-by-step. North Light, 2003. Easy-to-follow instructions and demos for this ancient art.

Katchen, Carole. 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists. North Light, 1998. Examples from different artists and media.

Knapp, Stephen. Creative Inspirations: A Collection of Drawing and Painting Ideas for Artists. Rockport, 1997. Exciting selections of contemporary paintings.

Martin, Judy and Annie Colbeck. Hand Tinting Photographs Time-Warner Books, 1989. History, techniques, and work by different artists.

Mayhall, Yolanda. The Sumi-e Dream Book. Watson-Guptill, 2003. An impressionist approach to the art of Japanese brush painting.

Metzger, Phil. Enliven Your Paintings With Light. North Light, 1993. Creating light effects with different media--instruction.

Simpson, Ian. The Complete Painting Course: A Comprehensive Learning Guide and Reference Manual. Running Press, 1993. (UK) Lots of information for reference.

Smith, Stan, ed. The Artist's Manual. Mayflower, 1980. Equipment, materials and techniques. Includes painting, drawing, graphic design and sculpture.

Stribling, Mary. Art from Found Materials, Discarded and Natural: Techniques Design in Inspiration. Crown, 1974. Oldie but goodie.

Szela, Eva. Complete Guide to Greeting Card Design and Illustration. North Light, 1994. Lots of how-to demos and illustrations.

Yamada, Sadami. Complete Sumi-e Techniques. JPT, 1966. A very good reference for Oriental brush techniques.

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