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Oil Pastel Step by Step: Discover the secrets to creating masterpieces in oil pastel [Paperback]

Nathan Rohlander

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Book Description

March 1 2010 Artist's Library
This comprehensive, 64-page book offers in-depth instruction on creating vibrant paintings with the often overlooked but versatile medium, oil pastel. A relatively new fine-art medium, oil pastel is inexpensive and may be used directly in dry form with minimal setup and easy clean up, so beginners can get started right away! The book opens with a thorough introduction to basic oil pastel tools and techniques. Then, artist-author Nathan Rohlander shows aspiring artists how to render a wide range of subjects—from flowers and animals to landscapes and portraits—with simple, step-by-step demonstrations and stunning illustrations.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600581331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600581335
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 231 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathan Rohlander’s bright, vibrant paintings have been featured in the pages of Esquire and Shuz magazines, on the cover of Coast magazine, in Super Bowl commercials, in numerous television shows, and even in MTV videos. Having graduated with honors and a fine arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Nathan is currently working toward a master of fine arts at California State University, Long Beach.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet! Nov. 27 2010
By Trebor Samoht - Published on Amazon.com
This is a short but welcomed addition to an almost non-existant literature on this medium. Unlike most "How-to" publications Mr Rohlander dispenses with pages on materials, brands, color charts, etc. and gets right to the process of making marks. From a very limited palette he walks the reader through his process of drawing, layering and blending. He includes a variety of subject matter which I found to be refreshing. The author's style is grounded in good drawing technique. Along with this I was inspired mostly by the the author's direct methods, choice of subject matter and choice of a simple palette using oil pastels that are readily available and reasonably priced. My only regret is that the book wasn't much longer but I guess that was a limitation of the Walter Foster series itself.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the Pastel Oil Painter Oct. 19 2010
By Michael J. Giddens - Published on Amazon.com
I have most of the available texts on oil pastel painting and I think this very useful. There is not a great deal of space devoted to what oil pastel is and specific techniques, but you can find that information easily online. What is useful is the step by step progressions of paintings including a seascape, portrait and glass bottles. I would not follow all the procedures mentioned and have other approaches that I use, but this is definitely valuable for those learning the medium. Not a complete guide but none of the books are.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More advanced than basic March 7 2012
By Maimutzacelmare - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I was buying a basic book since I am novice but this is not a basic book and the step-by-step instructions and diagrams jump too quickly. If you already know how to use oil pastels, then this might work for you. It didn't work for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off to a Great Start April 16 2014
By Cathy Wester - Published on Amazon.com
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I hadn't drawn since art school, 28 years ago when I decided to give it a go again. This book provided the basics in getting acquainted with oil pastel. I was surprised at how nice my oil pastel drawings looked while just beginning to use them. This book was very helpful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners and intermediate artists July 31 2013
By D.Birk - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for beginners and intermediate artists wanting to further explore the medium. Good pointers on technique, good instructions and illustrations.

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