Artist recommended reading:
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron.
A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self. Overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity
Drawing from Line to Life by Mike Sibley
A Journey into Drawing.
Methods, techniques, tricks of the trade and tutorials, and a comprehensive index makes this book equally valuable as a drawing tutor and reference source.
Drawing realistic textures in pencil.
You won't believe the incredible drawings you can create using common pencils and the special techniques illustrated in this book. These methods are so easy that anyone―from doodler to advanced artist―can master them in minutes.
Some Arty facts:
What is the highest amount ever paid for a painting:
At present the highest amount ever paid for a painting is $140 million. The painting was sold in 2006 by David Geffen in a private sale and the new owner is said to be unknown, but is rumored to be a Mexican businessman by the name of David Martinez. The painting is a 4ft x 8ft piece of fiberboard covered with thick amounts of brown, gray and yellow paint drizzled from the top and is by the well known American abstract expressionist artist, Jackson Pollock.
What are the oldest paintings known to man:
The oldest paintings known to man are said to be in the Chauvet caves in Southern France. The paintings are believed to be over 30,000 years old. The Chauvet caves contain over 400 painted or engraved images of animals from the prehistoric period along with what is believed to be the some of the earliest painted representations of the female form. Possibly the first figurative art ever produced by man.
Who is the highest insured female:
The highest insured female is not an actual person but is in fact the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo Da Vinci which hangs in the Louvre in Paris France. She is insured for an estimated $730 million.