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Exploring varying artistic mediums and techniques is part of your education as an artist, and one that can seem daunting. Not to fear, Sacred Heart University Library has a number of print and electronic instructional materials to help you. Below is a brief selection of titles relevant to Art & Design that are available through the library. Do keep in mind, however, that this is only a small sample of the works we have available. Utilize the search features shown under the "Finding Books" tab for a brief guide to searching the catalog.
An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques by This practical reference book introduces basic materials and processes for drawing and painting. Each technique is clearly explained and discussed from its historical roots to contemporary practice. Students are encouraged to explore the methods from scratch, encountering the work through preparation of the wood panel or canvas, the mixing of pigments and the application of paint. Richly illustrated throughout with over 400 images--historical and contemporary examples of works as well as photographs of studio practice--this book is an indispensable reference for students and anyone engaged in finding out about drawing and painting materials and techniques.
Call Number: ND1500 .K78 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Art of the Digital Age by This illustrated survey of the experimental world of digital art explores the ways in which traditional painting and sculpture have been significantly changed by digital technologies, citing the emergence of such new forms as net art, digital installation and virtual reality.
Call Number: N7433.8 .W365 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Drawing: A Contemporary Approach by The authors trace the development of today's art from that of the past, showing drawing's meaning and continuity. The text succeeds by offering a combination of effective pedagogy, good exercises, and high-quality, contemporary drawings as models, while focusing on contemporary artists who draw in a multicultural world.
Call Number: NC730.B43 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Illustration by This broad introduction to illustration reveals the artistic, intellectual, and organizational skills needed to study and practice as a freelance illustrator. It includes a practical introduction to image-making, covering basic techniques, and also looks at the mechanics of visualization and communication. There are chapters on how to deal with different kinds of brief, from publishing and editorial to light entertainment, as well as information on career paths and how to work in the industry.
Call Number: NC1001 .H35 2011 (also available electronically)
Publication Date: 2011
Techniques of the Great Masters of Art by An in-depth analysis of the works of 110 of the world's most important artists from the early renaissance to the present. Over 400 color illustrations show how each developed their own style and techniques.
Call Number: ND1500.T42
Publication Date: 1985
Ceramic Projects: Forming Techniques by Beyond simple cylinder and slab construction, these projects get into combinations of techniques-adding textures, cutting darts, extruding forms, faceting, assembling multiple parts, and more. Techniques that will make your work stand out. For the intermediate potter looking for the next challenge and the advanced clay artist seeking inspiration, these projects run the gamut of possibilities.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2010
Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter X3 by Corel Painter has long been one of the most popular applications for creating digital art. Now in version X3, Corel Painter offers more artistic fun and capability than ever. This work offers step-by-step, full-color instruction for getting started with the digital art software and hardware that are the industry standard: Corel Painter and a Wacom graphics tablet. With these computer tools, you can experiment with things like color theory, composition and brush strokes--but without the toxins, mess, and expenses associated with traditional art. The powerful Corel Painter X3/Wacom combination offers a level of texture and detail that no other digital painting tools can match. The book's many exercises and projects will teach you to control Painter's tools and techniques, and along the way you'll learn traditional art concepts such as composition, line quality, contrast and focal point.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2014
Graphic Design Process: From Problem to Solution, 20 Case Studies by Graphic Design Process features a series of in-depth case studies exploring a range of both universal and unique design methods. Chapters investigate typical creative strategies, examining the work of 23 graphic designers from around the world. This book is aimed at students and educators, as well as practicing designers interested in the working methodologies of their peers.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2012
Perceptual Drawing: A Handbook for the Practitioner by "Perceptual Drawing" presents a practicum of 10 plus drawings which lead the reader in a detailed explanation of various perceptual concepts considering line and tone.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2011-05-18