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Drawing and Painting

Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists

Kate Wilson


A comprehensive reference covering an extensive range of painting and drawing styles

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Bursting with practical techniques, engaging artist profiles and inspirational galleries, Drawing and Painting combines an authoritative approach with a contemporary aesthetic guaranteed to appeal to all artists.

The book’s up-to-date approach is a far cry from the dry instructions and dated artwork that feature in more traditional art books. In contrast to other, project-orientated titles, Drawing and Painting places the emphasis on the techniques themselves, encompassing drawing, sketching and a range of painting styles.

From pen and ink to oils and acrylics, specially commissioned photography and artwork accompanies step-by-step techniques, while profiles of contemporary artists provide insight into various working methods, materials and techniques.

Acknowledging the growing interest in digital tools as a medium, information is provided throughout the book on how effects can be created using Smart Pens, tablets and apps.

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'A brilliantly unconventional guidebook ... perfect for artists in search of something a little bit different'
Artists & Illustrators

'A refreshingly grounded book covering all aspects of the traditional practices of drawing and painting … well-produced and packed full of information, this is a must for any artist’s shelf'
Leisure Painter

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Updated Edition

Size: 26.0 x 22.8 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 31 August 2023

ISBN: 9780500296868

Contents List


I. Drawing Materials and Techniques
Pencil • Ink • Charcoal and Chalk • Pastel and Crayon

II. Painting Materials and Techniques
Colour • Materials • Watercolours and Gouache • Acrylic • Oil and Resin • Mixed Media • Making Paint

III. The Bigger Picture
Still Life • Environment • The Human Body • Making Visible


About the Author

Kate Wilson studied painting at Winchester School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. She is a winner of the Royal Academy Gold Medal and the Bateson Mason Drawing Award and received an Andre de Segonzac scholarship to study in Italy.