Everything the beginning artist needs to know about painting in one easy-to-use, portable reference! Practical Guide to Painting explains art theory and technique, with scores of step-by-step lessons that gradually increase in difficulty, allowing the novice artist to build skills and learn by doing. Over 40 chapters offer hands-on help in painting basics, color theory, composition, light and shade, and sketching out a rough. Then, the guide examines each painting medium in depth: gouache, pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, and collage. Finally, more than 800 illustrations show each technique in detail, making everything easy!