How I Make A Picture by Al Parker - Famous Artists Advanced Program (Very Good+)



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A complete copy with wear from use as well as storage (some folds and creases, torn or stressed ringholes, age toning, rust stains, other mild staining, etc.).

"America's most famous artists have spent a lot of their time, thought and energy in putting down for you in words and pictures all the ideas and methods they use in making pictures....we are confident you will find it fully expresses the man and his work, and is designed so you can readily understand his way of thinking about picture-making."

The Famous Artists School's Advanced Program which started in 1948 consisted of eleven separate volumes/binders each written and illustrated by a different faculty member (John Atherton, Austin Briggs, Stevan Dohanos, Robert Fawcett, Peter Helck, Fred Ludekens, Al Parker, Norman Rockwell, Ben Stahl, Harold Von Schmidt, Jon Whitcomb). It only lasted for a few years before school president Albert Dorne cancelled the program due to low enrollment and had all the material incinerated (according to an instructor at the school at the time) resulting in the scarcity of the remaining volumes.

This volume is Al Parker's contribution to the Famous Artists School's Advanced Program. An entire course (11 lessons in 192 pages) written and illustrated entirely by Parker, one of the most innovative and admired illustrators of the twentieth century.

"What you will get out of this course: I will do all I can with words and pictures in my course to assist you to become an illustrator. I have tried to keep my course informal, just as though you had dropped into my studio to talk of this business of illustrating. First of all, there are no short cuts, there never were any and there never will be any. However, I can ease the way for you, which is more assistance than I had when I started. In other words, there will be less trial and error if you follow my instructions.

"I can give you the kind of thinking that precedes my painting of a picture. You get step-by-step procedures. I use a variety of procedures myself and I will give you as many of them as I feel are needed. You'll get a thorough idea of how my job goes from manuscript to mat. This information should make you think for yourself and evolve your own methods.... You'll have all the information I could ever give you on how to be an illustrator."

As with all our copies of the Famous Artists Courses, we have verified the contents and completeness of this volume. All the lesson pages are present, including all the color plates, and the one-page assignment sheet. 

Pages show age toning and occasional stains. The first 14 pages are worn along the binder-edge or fore-edge. A dozen pages have folds/creases to the corners or edges. Some pages show rust stains along the binder-edge. Ringholes are moderately worn, with a number of ringholes torn on the early pages. 


Al Parker

Condition & Attributes

Very Good+ in Very Good+ binder. The binder is moderately worn along the edges and seams, and has a mild bump to the top of the spine.



Publishing Information

Westport, CT
Institute of Commercial Art

Physical Description

14 inches
12 inches
192 pages
4 color and over 500 black & white illustrations
printed custom binder