Friday, September 19, 2008

Roy Lichtenstein: The Artist at Work

Welcome to Fantastic Non-Fiction Friday!

I didn’t tell you much yesterday about how Roy Lichtenstein creates his giant Pop paintings. He uses some unusual tools and techniques. For example, after he has sketched what he wants his painting to look like, he uses a projector to make the image larger. He then copies the larger picture onto his canvas. He also uses tape to help him paint sharp, clear lines.

It’s not often that we get to watch an artist at work in his studio but Lou Ann Walker gives us that opportunity in Roy Lichtenstein: The Artist at Work. Walker tells the story of how Lichtenstein creates his paintings, from the idea to the sketch to the finished product.

What I really love about this book is the photographs. You get to see Lichtenstein in his studio, studying a canvas, sketching, taping, and mixing paint. He looks joyful as he paints. You can’t help but smile at the pictures.

Check back later in the day for another book recommendation!

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