ARTISTS' MANUALS

(How To Do It Books)

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THE OPPORTUNITIES

THE ARTISTS' YEAR BOOK 1938

ASSOCIATED AMERICAN ARTISTS, prints for five dollars, Benton, Curry, Higgins, Wood

HINTS FOR ARTISTS, CECIL TREW, 1940 (Book Jackets, Tools, exercises etc)

ART AND DRAWING

Daniel Green , Pastel

Robert Fawcett , On the Art of Drawing 1977

Herbert Sanders, CULT OF THE PASTEL, London 1920
Studio How to Draw series 1952 a list of titles (single)

J.J.Lankes, A Woodcut Manual 1932
Cecil Bacon, Scraperboard Drawing, 1951

ANDREW LOOMIS, three books on drawing

Arthur W. Dow, Composition 1913 (1899)
Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw, 1941

Arthur Zaidenberg, Anyone can Draw, 1939
J.H.Vanderpoel, The Human Figure, 1922
Jeno Barcsayl, Anatomy for the Artist, 1968

Alexander Cozens, A New Method of Landscape 1785

Edward Billin, Drawing on Scraperboard, 1952 (complete)
Percy Bradshaw, I Wish I Could Draw, 1949

Austin Cooper, Making a Poster, 1945
Adolph Dehn, How to Draw and Print Lithographs, 1950

Adolphe Armand Braun, Greek Way of Drawing 1916

Adolphe Armand Braun, Folds, Faces and Figures 1928
Pencil Drawing for Fun 1955, Fawcett Publishing

Ashley Havinden, Line Drawing for Reproduction, 1949
Anton Refregier, Natural Figure Drawing, 1960 (1948)
Cyril Farey, Architectural Drawing, 1949
J.M.Papillon, Traité Historiques de la gravure en bois, Paris 1766
Abraham Bosse, Traités des Manieres de Graver...Paris 1645

Bernard Sleigh, Wood Engraving 1932
Eric Watson, Life Drawing Made Easy undated c1948

Paul Hogarth, Drawing Architecture 1979
Albert O. Halse, Architectural Rendering, 1960
Hans Mueller, Wood Cuts and Wood Engraving 1939
E.J.Sullivan, Line, 1922

John Hullah Brown Sketching without a Master, 1951ed.

Vere Foster's Drawing Manual, Landscape and Marine (Blackie's)

John Austen, The ABC of Pen and Ink Rendering 1937
Eric Hobbs, Drawing for Advertising, 1956

George Leech, Magazine Illustration, The Art Director's Point of View, 1939 complete
Alexander Murray, How To Draw , 1932 selected plates
Carradori, the first manual for sculptors, Florence 1802 (single)
Mattioli, Primi Elementi... Bolgna 1728, an early drawing manual single
M.C.Cuzner, Drawing without Drudgery, Pitman 1935

Faith Jacques, Drawing in Pen and Ink 1964

John Farleigh, Engraving on Wood 1954

R.P.Leitch A Course in Sepia Painting 1883

Joy Postle, Drawing Birds, 1953

Victor Perard, Figure Drawing 1946

Terence Cuneo , Tanks and How to Draw them, Studio 1945

Gregory Brown, How to Draw Trees 1942

Christopher Hart , How to Draw Comic Book Heroes and Villains

 

 

GENERAL SECTIONS

Painter's Problem Book, 20 problem subjects, Joseph Dawley
Perspective general Menu

Colour Books (Chris Mullen's collection)
Artists' Correspondence Courses

 

INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS giving advice

GORDON ONSLOW FORD, Painting in the Instant 1964

 

 

PERSPECTIVE

P. Le Dubreuil, La Perspective pratique, 1642
Norling on Perspective 1929a and c1955

Fuller, Perspectives to Scale 1952
Andrea Pozzo Perspective in Architecture and Painting 1707
Andrea Pozzo , Perspective (initials)
Gallery of Classic Plates
Albert Muhlemann, Observation & Dessin, 1926 (book now complete)

George Hayter , Introduction to Perspective (etc) 1845 edition

 

TRADE CATALOGUES FOR ARTISTS

WINSOR AND NEWTON The Sketcher's Colour Manual, artists' equipment 1896

Dacres Rabjohns Drawing Equipment

Paul Dollfus, Modeles d"Artistes, Paris 1898

 

AIR-BRUSH

S.Ralph Maurello, The Complete Airbrush Book 1955

Elyce Waterman for Random, AIR-POWERED THE ART OF THE AIRBRUSH 1979

ANTONIO PETRUCCELLI the studio at Mount Tabor

THE ADVANCED AIRBRUSH BOOK 1984

AIRBRUSHING AUTOMOBILES 1989

AIRBRUSHING FOR FINE AND COMMERCIAL ARTISTS Robert Paschel

 

COPYING PRINTS

Portfolio of Drawings by James Parry, 1840, after Tinney's Compendium Anatomicum 1743

 

DRAWING / GRAPHIC - LETTERING/COMIC- ADVERTISING

E.G.Lutz, Practical Graphic Figures, 1925
Calligraphy Wyss Copying Book, for Schools

Calligraphy GENERAL MENU
Vere Foster's New Civil Service Copy Book undated c1895
Friend and Hefter, Graphic Design 1936
L.Doust, A Manual of Caricature and Cartoon Drawing, 1936

Louis Valentine, How to Be a Lightning Cartoonist, c1950
R.Taylor, Introduction to Cartooning, 1947

Erdmann & Braun, Decorative Writing and the Arrangement of Lettering c1922
James Gardner, Drawing for Advertising, 1938

Will Clemence, Manual of Postercraft , c1930
Frank Reynolds, Humorous Drawing for the Press, 1947

Edgar Bond , Showcard Layout and Design , 1932
Gene Byrnes, A Complete Guide to Drawing, Illustration, Cartooning and Painting 1948
Richard Taylor, An Introduction to Cartooning, 1947

Mateusz Odrobny, Water Gilding website 2014

Erdmann and Braun, Decorative Writing and Arrangement of Lettering, 1920

Illustrations for Displays and Showcards, W. Vicars, 1938

Robert Forman Over the Drawing Board, 1962

W.A.S.Herbert, Caricatures and How to Draw them, 1951

anon , Pen and Brush Lettering, Practical Alphabets 1947

Brush and Free Style Alphabets - Dan Solo and Solotype examples

POSTER DESIGN, Studio How to do it, Tom Eckersley - Dan Solo and Solotype examples

BOOK PLATES, Studio How to do it series, Mark Severin, Studio How to do it,

Robert Veno, Manuel... d'Etalagisme 1955, shop windoe design and colour harmonies. For shop window designers

DRAWING POPEYE

CARTOONS, I Meet such people, Gurney Williams, Cartoon editor of Colliers, 1946

 

photography

Spencer, Colour Photography in Practice 1948

 

paper modelling

Fabri, Sculpture in Paper

 

the mechanical

MOXON'S MECHANICK EXERCISES 1704, selected plates

ANIMATED RETAIL DISPLAYS (1959)

 

music

Thomas Mace, Musick's Monument 1676

Peter Prelleur, The Modern Music Master or Universal Musician, 1731 Michael Pretorius, Syntagma Musicum, Wittemburg and Wolfenbuttel, 1615 - 1620; Hans mersenne. Harmonie Universelle, Paris, 1637/8

John Playford's, Musick's Recreation 1682

 

design and DIY

Mary Davis Gillies, Popular Home Decoration , 1948 (1940)
Allen Seaby, Pattern without Pain , 1948

E.Davidson, A Practical Manual of Housepainting, Graining, Marbling 1986
Alan Smith, Fabric Printing, 1953

SINGLE PLATES FROM MANUALS

HANS BEHAM , ART MANUAL (HEADS) , 1546
JOST AMMAN , PATTERN BOOK FOR ARTISTS , 1579

BARDON, COSTUMES OF THE ANCIENT PEOPLES, PARIS 1772-4
Durer, Handbook for Draftsmen, Nuremburg 1538 (drawing frame)
John Cawse, The Art of Painting 1840, arranging colours on the palette
Sukenobu, Bamboo Title Page , About the Women of the Court (exercise in drawing bamboo)
From the Drawing Book of Kigyoku 1901 (waves on 2 pages)
From the Drawing Book of Suiseki (birds on 2 pages) 1830
2 plates from William Hogarth's The Analysis of Beauty

ALBRECHT DURER, COURSE IN THE ART OF MEASUREMENT, 1525 double page
ALEXANDER COZENS, PRINCIPLES OF BEAUTY RELATIVE TO THE HUMAN HEAD 1778

 

 

These examples are chosen for the ways in which technical and aesthetic information about aspects of art are communicated to a receptive audience.

 

What is promised?
What is the balance between the technical and the aesthetic?
What does the contents page tell us about the syllabus and curriculum?

Where is the book pitched between amateur and professional?
How is the pace and sequence of tuition designed?

To what extent does the author intervene?
How universally are the rules meant to apply?

What is the balance between text and image?
Have the books been superseded, and if so, how?

THE ORIGINAL SCREEN