"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 Austin Briggs' contribution to the Famous Artists School's Advanced Program. A 140-page course written and illustrated entirely by Briggs. The 6-page introduction, Meet Austin Briggs, is by Henry Pitz. Briggs takes over with a general discussion of method, research, design, and painting (lasting 67 pages), and then provides seventeen case histories of actual assignments from beginning sketches to finished illustration to demonstrate his approach to illustration.
As with all our copies of the Famous Artists Courses, we have verified the contents and completeness of this volume. One color plate is missing and the one-page assignment sheet is missing, but facsimiles are included. All 140 lesson pages are present.