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Theatrical Scene Painting: A Lesson Guide
by William Pinnell
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Paper: 978-0-8093-1332-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8732-8
Library of Congress Classification ND2885.P56 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 750.28


This handbook explains the techniques of traditional scene painting. A “how to” book for the novice, it shows the methods used in creating the illusion of three dimensions where only two exist. It provides a step-by-step explanation of each aspect of scene painting, using both color and black-and-white photographs for illustration.

Among the many illusions made possible through the magic of paint are stonework, wallpaper, woodwork, as well as mouldings, draperies, and foliage. To teach the beginner how to re-create reality through painted illusion, Pinnell emphasizes traditional scene painting, including basic tools, primary painting techniques, and methods for creating texture on scenery. He also illustrates refinements and embellishments that lead to more advanced work.

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