Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)

Mark Willenbrink

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1581807899

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!

Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing strong compositions. (It's not as scary as it sounds…not with Mark and Mary as your guide!)

At the heart of this book, a series of fun, hands-on exercises help you practice and perfect your strokes—24 mini-demos lead up to 9 full step-by-step demos. Each exercise builds on the previous one as you develop your skills, build your confidence, and enjoy yourself along the way. The lessons you learn by drawing simple subjects such as coffee mugs, clouds and trees will help you take on progressively more challenging matter like animals, still lifes, landscapes and portraits…the kinds of subjects and scenes you've always dreamt of drawing.

This book is just the ticket for budding artists of any age. It's never too early and never too late to discover the pure joy of drawing!

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Add Details to the Train's Structure Add the tracks, wheels, engine light and smaller details such as the handrail and the steps. Also add trim to the tops of the cars. 5 Add Shading Erase any unnecessary lines, and finish with shading. Use uniform up-and-down pencil strokes to make a smooth appearance. Create atmospheric perspective by drawing the closer portion of the train with more contrasts and details than the more distant portion. Draw a Steam Engine Sketch the basic

to have with the idea that you will use them only sparingly. Each time you use an eraser, you risk smearing the drawing or damaging the paper. Kneaded Eraser The first eraser you get should be a kneaded eraser. These soft, putty-like erasers are very gentle to the paper's surface and leave few, if any, crumbs. To erase, first try pressing the eraser to the paper's surface; this is less damaging to the paper than rubbing the eraser back and forth. White Vinyl Eraser Use a white vinyl

head. While you may be tempted to rush on to the next step, this is the time to pay attention to proportions so the finished drawing will be accurate. Use a proportioning device to check your work, making adjustments as necessary. 2 Sketch the Overall Shape of the Body With the 4H pencil, sketch the shape of the body, including the legs, neck, ear, mouth, lower jaw and tail. Pay close attention to the placement of the line for the belly because this will affect how tall the legs appear.

values of the boats with a 4H pencil. Make the foreground boat darker than the second boat for contrast. 13 Add Middle Values to the Boats Add the middle values of the boats with the HB pencil. Clean up any smudges and erase any unnecessary lines with a kneaded eraser. Rockport Harbor Graphite on drawing paper 11″ × 14″ (28cm × 36cm) 14 Add Reflections and Final Darks and Details Add reflections with back-and-forth horizontal strokes using a 4H pencil. Lightly indicate

a holder similar to a pen. Mechanical pencils need no sharpening. One-point perspective. A type of linear perspective with one vanishing point. Pad. A stack of sheets of paper attached at one side with glue or wire. Paper weight. The thickness of a sheet of paper; common weights for sketch paper are 50 lb. to 70 lb. (105gsm to 150gsm). For drawing paper common weights are 80lb to 90lb (170gsm to 190gsm). Pencil extender. A device that attaches to the end of a pencil that has been

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