Here I have collected links to some of my favorite and interesting historical and free art books, artist handbooks and artist's reference works.
Many of these books are in the public domain, but there are also many works that are still in copyright and are the property of the copyright holders.
There is an incredible wealth of information in these works.
The basic definition of a painting: a pigment mixed in a medium and applied to a support.
There are three general rules, however, which I must state...." PDF (23.0 MB) EPUB Kindle Daisy (unprotected) Full Text Dj Vu Read Online Art Recreations; being a complete guide to pencil drawing, oil painting, water-color painting, crayon drawing and painting, painting on ground glass, Grecian painting, antique painting, oriental painting, sign painting, theorem painting, ferneries, moss work, paper mache, cone work, feather flowers, potichomanie (The art or process of coating the inside of glass vessels with engravings or paintings), leather work, hair work, taxidermy, gilding and bronzing, plaster work, decalcomanie, wax work, shell work, magic lantern, paper flowers, imitation of pearl, the aquarium, sealing-wax painting, panorama painting, coloring photographs, enamel painting, etc.
"A perfect muscular control of the hand is of the first importance in drawing, as accuracy of outline and delicacy of expression can only be obtained by having the fingers in complete subjection to the will, so that the slightest volition will be properly interpreted by the pencil.
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