Drawing For Dummies

Drawing For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0470618426

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The fast and easy way to learn to draw

Drawing can enrich your life in extraordinary and unexpected ways. Drawing your everyday experiences can change how you and others see the world, while drawing from your imagination can give rise to fantastic new worlds. And, despite what you may believe, it's something just about anyone can learn to do.

Drawing For Dummies offers you a fun, easy way to learn the drawing basics. Holding fast to the simple philosophy that only you can teach yourself to draw, it gives you the tools you need to explore the basics and move on to more advanced techniques. This revised edition of one of the most successful For Dummies guides includes

  • Additional step-by-step instructions for drawing people, animals, still life, and more
  • Coverage of effects, composition, and perspective
  • How-to art projects that show you how to create your drawings from simple geometric shapes to finished artwork

It's never too late to unleash the artist within. Let Drawing For Dummies, 2nd edition put you on the road to discovery and self-expression through drawing.

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where the highlight of the eye will be. © 2003 Brenda Hoddinott Figure 2-12: Drawing a circle to represent the iris around the pupil. © 2003 Brenda Hoddinott Chapter 2: Gathering What You Need to Get Started 5. Use your HB pencil to fill in the whole space inside the big circle, except for the highlight (refer to Figure 2-13). 6. Pull and stretch your kneaded eraser until it becomes soft, mold it to a point, and use that point to gently pat the shading on the side of the circle opposite the

the order of operations for drawing because lines are the primary way to get a drawing started. Keep in mind, though, that some drawings begin and end with lines. Take a look at Cy Twombly’s Leda and the Swan for a great example. (To find it, plug the name and title into your favorite search engine.) This drawing is a tangle of energy that never actually develops into anything beyond a mass of lines; yet, it’s still a whole and complete drawing. Although real objects aren’t surrounded by visible

simple but powerful. So after you figure out how to incorporate lines, shapes, volume, and texture into your drawings, make sure that you give composition some serious thought. The key words in the definition of composition are balanced and agreeable. These two words have different meanings for every artist because what constitutes balance and visual appeal are different for each artist. But when you first start out, you may want to follow a few basic guidelines and formulas to help you achieve a

to do when you’re drawing on your computer than when you’re working with pencil and paper. As a result, the Undo function makes it easy to be adventurous as an artist because it takes the fear out of making major decisions. In essence, by drawing digitally, you can draw anything you imagine using any techniques or effects you want because, if you don’t like it, all you have to do is undo it! Saving versions of your drawings The easy flexibility of working on a computer is one of the biggest

you work to emphasize your focal points (Figure 6-1 shows these tips in action): ✓ Always place your focal point off-center in your composition. Stay away from your drawing space’s bull’s eye (or dead center). Placing a focal point in the very center of your paper is a big no-no unless you have a specific artistic reason for doing so. Any object that you place dead center commands the viewer’s full attention, while all the other important elements of your drawing get ignored. As a result, the

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