How I Make A Picture by Stevan Dohanos - Famous Artists Advanced Program



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"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 Stevan Dohanos' contribution to the Famous Artists School's Advanced Program. An entire course written and illustrated by this illustrator who contributed numerous covers for The Saturday Evening Post and whose precise realist paintings and attention to detail contributed to the development of the Photorealism movement.

Meet Steve Dohanos, a 9-page profile of the artist written by Alden Hatch opens the book. Dohanos takes over with "My Attitude Toward Commercial Art"; "My Place in the Commercial Art World of Today"; "A Point of View"; "Consider the Common Object"; "Evolution of a Magazine Cover"; "Versatility"; "Evolution of a Story Illustration"; and more.

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.

This set has never been in a binder and the ringholes have never been used. The pages are pristine.


Stevan Dohanos

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, Lacking the binder.



Publishing Information

Westport, CT
Institute of Commercial Art

Physical Description

14 inches
12 inches
86 pages
1 color and 144 black & white illustrations