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The Official M.C. Escher Website

I am a big fan of M.C.Escher's work, have been for a while. This site carries most of his works. They are divided into 6 galleries chronologically.

Learning to Look at Art

Not having attended the foundation course or done much reading in art / art history, I turned to my favorite resource, the net, when trying to do some background reading on our recent assignment - Analyze a Painting. Here is a site that fit my needs.

Art Critiquing - Articulation
From the site
What is art? How does art address the needs of humanity? Why do we create art? Is all art beautiful? Does everyone see art in the same way? What does a work of art say to you? How does an artist express his/her point of view? How do you talk about art? What is the language of art?

This program invites you to learn about the art critiquing process. The objectives of ARTiculation were designed to encourage you to really "look" at a piece of artwork and to understand what goes into the art making process. You will have opportunities to make informed judgments and to share personal insights about different types of art. You will also learn that there is not just one "correct" answe…

Guide to Art in the Renaissance Period

This guide is from the open university in the the uk. I've put this up so that I have easy access to reading about the Renaissance. This guide on Renaissance goes along with a programme aired on BBC2.

Figure Drawing for all it's Worth - Andrew Loomis

Here's another book that has been very popular but has been out of print for a while. Fineart.sk is providing this and 3 other Andrew Loomis books online from their site. They also have some tasteful nude picture for artists. The only problem is to download each page in the books one at a time

Update - April 17, 2006 - Ryan Scott of Animation Ninja in Training has generously made all 6 pdf's available for download.


Creative Illustration

Drawing the Heads & Hands

Figure Drawing for all it's worth

Fun with Pencil

Successful Drawing

The Eye of the Painter



Way to go Ryan! Click here for one or all six!




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Charles Sovek

Charles Sovek Artist and Author | Painting in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor and Gouache

I find Charles Sovek's paintings fascinating and inspiring. He has mastered the art of catching light and color directly from life in his paintings.

His website has a lot of useful information including lessons, articles that he has written for art magazines, his galleries of paintings etc.

Under Lessons from the Easel the Artist has provided free access to his book The Basics - which is based on his learning experiences from the 50's, he also has sections which are currently available only on the web where he takes you through steps on how to catch light in your paintings and lastly in learning how to "see" masterpieces, how to understand them. (click on the topics below to see the website)
The Basics - Massing-in, warms and cools, edges and patterns were but a few concepts of the litany of procedures...
Painting Anything Under the Sun - catching light is what makes a painter's world g…

Composition and the Elements of Visual Design

Since we're currently have Composition as our assignment for the week, I thought I'd do some reading on it. Here's an article which seems to be very well put together. Even though he is talking about photography, I think it applies to painting as well. There's even a pdf version so that you can print it out and read it at leisure.

Historical Anatomies on the Web: Browse Titles

Unbelievable resource. There are images from all kinds of historical books on anatomy available for reading on this site.

From the site
Historical Anatomies on the Web is a digital project designed to give Internet users access to high quality images from important anatomical atlases in the Library's collection. The project offers selected images from NLM's atlas collection, not the entire books, with an emphasis on images and not texts

handprint : watercolors

I dont think I'll be exaggerating when I say that handprint is the best site out there for watercolors. Theres information on color theory, material, techniques, reviews of books and much more. I've been going through the color section for a while now. The site has been written and is updated by Bruce MacEvoy. This is an ongoing project and it still has some sections which are not yet complete.

The Craftsman's Handbook

Daniel Thompson did an excellent job of translating Cennini's painting manual, "Il Libro dell' Arte" that describes 13th century painting methods. The text, from the book, has been made available online for educational purposes at Noteaccess.com.

Ramesh Sleeping

The only time I could catch him being still for 5 minutes! But he moved just after that and I had to use my imagination to complete the painting. I think I used too much linseed oil as it didnt dry and my next layer has merged with the previous one.

Methods and Materials

This site has a lot of information on methods and materials for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking etc. It seems to be still under construction but a whole lot of information is already available. Seemed to be right on the button as reference for the Methods and Material class.


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WetCanvas! - An Artists home Online

This is a site that I have found very useful, informative and encouraging when I first started painting last year. I continue to visit it almost everyday. It is well worth registering and checking out the forums that are of interest to you.

Here's what they say about themselves
WetCanvas! (or as some people affectionately call it, WC!), was founded in 1998 to help artists connect, collaborate, learn, get inspired, and sell their art over the Internet. From its humble grass-roots beginnings, the site has grown into a valuable resource - a veritable gold mine of information, serving painters, photographers, glass artists, sculptors, illustrators, graphic designers, and other artists. We currently deliver millions of page impressions each month, to hundreds of thousands of unique visitors!

Our online community is comprised of artists of all levels, ranging from Sunday painters to artists who exhibit in some of the finest galleries in the world. Whether your interests lie in learning n…

The Painter in Oil

The Painter in Oil is a book by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst who was a student of William Bouguereau. It is one of the most sought after books on technique and the science of painting. The book has been provided online by the Art Renewal Centre. I'm currently going through it. You might like to as well.