How I Make A Picture by Robert Fawcett - Famous Artists Advanced Program



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A very sharp copy of this rare and sought-after volume.

"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 Robert Fawcett's contribution to the Famous Artists School's Advanced Program. An entire course (10 lessons in 160 pages) written & illustrated entirely by Fawcett, one of the most innovative and admired illustrators of the twentieth century.

Fawcett describes his method and approach in depth. Lessons cover the following topics: germination of the idea; the finished sketch; three are devoted to the "finished" drawing; "The Alamo," a case study; line drawing; two cover advertising illustration; opaque media; the motivating idea; the serial.

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. The one-page assignment sheet is missing, a facsimile is included.


Robert Fawcett

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Near Fine binder. All the pages are present including all the color plates. Pages are clean. Ringholes show only very light wear. The tracing paper page and two color plates are Fine. The one-page assignment sheet is missing, but a facsimile



Publishing Information

Westport, CT
Institute of Commercial Art

Physical Description

14 inches
12 inches
174 pages
306 black & white illustrations, 2 color plates
printed custom binder