Instructional Drawing and Painting Books

by William F. Powell

Bill Powell has authored and illustrated numerous art books. He has also co-authored many other art books and created illustrations as "ghost art" for many other published books. Some of the books authored by Bill are shown below.

Please Note: William is NOT the author of "The Anarchist Cookbook!
There are some book sites that have mistakenly placed William's bio as its author.
We are currently working to have these errors corrected.

For information on each of William's book, please scroll down this list.

William's books are available at your local

art supply store. You can also order directly from Amazon.com or Walter Foster Publishing

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Color Mixing Recipes for for Landscapes

MORE THAN 500 COLOR RECIPE COMBINATIONS IN OIL or ACRYLIC!
In the latest addition to the Color Mixing Recipes family of books, artist William F. Powell provides instruction on color mixing as it relates to landscape painting in oil and acrylic. Following the format of other books inthe series, Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes offers a robust index of landscape subjects that correspond to thefeatured color mixing swatches. This useful book also discusses how color is influenced by the time of day, the angle of the sun, and changing seasons, making it a must-have in every oil and acrylic artist’s reference library.
• Check out what you get:
• Recommends color mixes for a wide range of landscape elements, from skies and water to trees and rocks
• Instructs beginners how to apply featured recipes to their own paintings
• Book's release coincides with the reformatting and redesign of the series

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Color Mixing Recipes for for Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor

1500 COLOR RECIPE COMBINATIONS IN OIL or ACRYLICS

Just when you thought there was no hope of ever finding a comprehensive color-mixing resource for oil, acrylic, and watercolor artists, along comes the "1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor," a collection of Walter Foster's bestselling Color Mixing Recipes books, including "Color Mixing Recipes for Oil and Acrylic," "Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits," "Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor," and the most recent addition, "Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes." This incredible collection comes in a user-friendly concealed spiral-bound format that is tabbed for quick and easy reference. Aspiring artists will also find two removable color mixing grids--one for oil or acrylic, and one for watercolor

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Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic

RecipeBook

MORE THAN 450 COLOR RECIPE COMBINATIONS IN OIL or ACRYLIC!
William Powell's popular Color Mixing Recipe Cards have served as a handy reference for essential color combinations for almost 10 years. And now this collection of recipes is available in an updated, convenient format developed with artists' needs in mind! Packaged in a wire-o-bound book that lies flat, the recipes cards will always stay in order with no risk of getting lost. The book also includes the Color Mixing Grid, a perfect guide for accurately measuring paints. With mixing recipes for more than 450 color combinations, along with instruction in a variety of painting techniques, Color Mixing Recipes has an index of more than 1100 color subjects and is a valuable and practical resource for both oil and acrylic artists!

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Color Mixing Recipes for Portrait Flesh Tones
MORE THAN 500 COLOR RECIPE COMBINATIONS IN OIL or ACRYLIC!
also INCLUDES A SPECIAL SECTION FOR WATERCOLOR!
 
 
William Powell's Color Mixing Recipe Cards FOR PORTRAITS & FLESH TONES is now available and covers color recipes for skin/flesh tones, eyes, lips and hair. Collection includes recipes for most skintones, including Caucasian (warm, light, creamy, cool and ruddy); Eurasian, Asian (light, medium); East Indian, Olive tones, Middle Eastern, Latino, Native American (red & bronze), Black (warm-dark, warm-light, cool-dark, cool-light). There are also sections with color recipes that cover most eye and hair colors. A special section covers ears, lips and noses. Packaged in a concealed wire-o-bound book that lies flat, the recipes cards will always stay in order with no risk of getting lost. The book also includes a Color Mixing Grid, a perfect guide for accurately measuring paints. With mixing recipes for more than 500 color combinations, along with instruction in a variety of painting techniques, Color Mixing Recipes has an easy index of finding your color subjects and is a valuable and practical resource for oil, acrylic and watercolor artists!

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Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolors

MORE THAN 450 COLOR RECIPE COMBINATIONS FOR WATERCOLOR

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William Powell's popular Color Mixing Recipe Cards have served as aference for essential color combinations for almost 10 years. And now this collection of WATERCOLOR recipes is available! With William's unique color percentage method you can now use these recipes to mix the exact colors. The book also includes a Color Mixing Grid, a perfect guide for accurately measuring paints. With mixing recipes for more than 450 color combinations, along with instruction in a variety of painting techniques, Color Mixing Recipes for WATERCOLOR has an index of more than 1100 color subjects and is a valuable and practical resource for both any watercolor artist! To purchase, click link below!
 

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Color and How To Use It

Artist's Library Series #AL05 - 64 full color pages

Along with drawing, color and color mixing are the most important elements to a painter. This book covers color theory and the color wheel with mixing instructions various palettes. Step-by-step painting exercises guides the reader in mixing fresh colors and lively grays. Palettes for time of day, high and low key painting and much more. This book is being used as a text guide in many schools and art classrooms.
 
 

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Color

How-To Series #56- 32 full color pages

Available with several different covers

 

This book teaches you the basics of color theory and beyond! You sill find in-depth instruction on mixing colors, as well as information on color application and harmony. First, the author covers the essential terms and concepts. Then he presents exercises in color mixing, glazing using transparent colors, value control, painting with neutrals, He also shows you how to apply the concepts to final paintings. This book is filled with beautiful full-color examples that explain time of day, electing the proper colors for palettes, adding drama with color contrasts, uaing monochromatic colors. working with greys and much more. Available in several front covers.

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  Dynamic Composition
Drawing Made Easy Series #DME4 - 64 pages
 

Composition, along with drawing, color and color mixing, is one of the most important elements to an artist. This book thoroughly covers the important points for Dynamic Composition"! The fundamental concepts of composition are broken down into clear lessons and diagrams that artists of any skill level can follow. This book explains everything essential in composition from "Rule of Thirds" to "The Golden Mean," and presents a wide range of helpful guidlines and clear examples. Studies include design techniques that artists use to produce effective and engaging works of art. With step-by-step projects and examples of both strong and weak compositions (to show you what not to do), this book clearly demonstrates how to hold the viewer's attention, achieve balance of weight, effectively use diagonal lines and place focal points--all of which combine to give you the understanding you need to create Dynamic Compositions.

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Clouds & Skyscapes

How-To Series #206 - 32 full color pages

Available with several different covers

 This book is filled with dynamic cloud and skyscape painting exercises. Exercises contain color mixing directions and how to manipulate the brush to create beautiful clouds. Numerous full-color diagrams to lead the artist in painting the majesty of clouds. Step-by-step exercises take you from the beginning layout to the finished painting.

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Oil Painting Materials

And Their Uses

Artist's Library Series #AL17 - 64 full color pages

A comprehensive description of paints, brushes, mediums and equipment used inthe are of oil painting. Subjects include: Various styles of brushes and how they work, Palette and painting knives, Oils & Mediums, Waxes, Thinners & Solvents, Varnishes,Numerous painting surfaces, Palettes, Drawing materials for oil paints, Easels,Miscellaneous equipment & painting techniques for oils. A content list of 17 majorareas of materials with more than 112 illustrated sub-sections.

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Watercolor & Acrylic Painting Materials
Artist's Library Series #AL18 - 64 full color pages
 

A comprehensive description of paints, brushes, mediums and equipment used in the art of watercolor and acrylic painting. Subjects include: Various styles of brushes and how they work - Palette and painting knives - Paints and mediums - Mediums - Acrylic varnishes - Numerous painting surfaces - Palettes - Preparing surfaces - Illustrated painting techniques. A content list of 30 major areas of materials with more than 95 illustrated sub-sections.


Perspective

Artist's Library Series #AL13 - 64 pages
 

An understanding of the art of perspective is a must for any serious artist. We view everything in life in perspective. This book makes learning and practicing the rules of perspective fun and easy. It also is being used in many schools and classrooms as the basic guide for beginning and advanced artists alike. Crammed full of charts and exercises. With a basic understanding in perspective, you can draw anything you see!

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Knife Painting - Oil Painting Techniques
Artist's Library Series #AL23 - 64 full color pages 

This book was originally published as "Knife Painting" as shown above left. It has been republished under the new title "Oil Painting Techniques" using a knife. Contents are the same in both books. We have the new cover in our stock. This book is crammed full of step-by-step exercises showing how to create dynamic and realistic textures with the versatile painting knife. Covers various types of knives and how to use them for subtle blends or beautiful textures.

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Drawing Technique Books

Following are eight drawing books covering different subjects Bill has authored for Walter Foster Publishing. Each book is crammed full of step-by-step drawing exercises that take the reader from the first basic beginning shapes to the fully shaded drawing. Techniques in composition, layout, shading and use of drawing materials are thoroughly covered.

Special Note: HT10 Drawing Dogs was originally authored by Walter T. Foster. It was one of the first ten books he published and still carries the How-To" number ten.. When the publisher decided to revise and update this book several years ago, I was asked to provide new art and text for twelve pages in this book. I hope you enjoy our combined art and instructions.

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Uncirculated Copies of Out-of-Print Editions

 

Some of my early books are no longer in print. Several have been published in revised editions over the years. Some of these have become collector editions. We have a few of these editions in new/undistributed condition. If you are interested in current prices or certain editions please click on the following link which will take you to a web page with information and pricing of all uncirculated editions available.

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