Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: Introduction

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: Introduction

Mark Willenbrink, Mary Willenbrink

Language: English

Pages: 28


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


You won’t be disappointed with the basic instruction based on the popular print book Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (North Light 2006) by Mark and Mary Willenbrink.

Learn all you need to know about getting started sketching and drawing including materials, basic techniques and perspective. Also includes a glossary of common art terms.

The Absolute Beginner series of e-books will inspire anyone who wants to make art to create realistic artwork for any subject, including still life, landscapes, animals and people.

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image of the sketch will be visible through the drawing paper. This will provide a framework for your subject so you don’t have to sketch the structural guidelines onto the drawing paper. Structural Line Sketch These lines indicate highlights and shadows as well as the structure of the subject. To use other drawing approaches, erase any obsolete markings. Value Drawing Using the Structural Line Sketch and Light Box A light box was used to backlight the structural sketch as a guide for this

specifically for measuring, such as sewing gauges or dividers. Dividers, both standard and proportional, are used to gauge proportions of two-dimensional reference materials, such as photographs, rather than of three-dimensional objects, such as those in a still-life setup. Proportional dividers enable you to enlarge or reduce by measuring the reference with one end of the tool and then using the other end to determine the size of the image in your drawing. Proportioning can be done loosely for

a quick sketch or more precisely for a finished drawing. The subject also influences how accurate the drawing needs to be. You may be less concerned about the proportions of a tree than you are about the proportions of an automobile. Gauging Proportions With a Pencil Gauging Proportions can be done by “measuring” each part of the subject with a pencil. Use the top of your thumb to make the distance from the end of the pencil. Now compare this measurement with those of other parts of the image.

like the graphite (commonly mislabeled lead) pencil because it can easily be erased, it comes in many degrees of firmness and it does not easily smear. Carbon and charcoal pencils provide rich, dark colors but they don’t erase as well, smear easily and have a very soft feel. Black colored pencils don’t smear, but they don’t erase well and have a firm but waxy feel. Pencil Hardness Hardness is another important quality to consider when selecting pencils. Ratings, usually stamped on the pencils,

When you add more vanishing points to a scene, you also add drama and complexity to your composition. If you take a vanishing point and move it high above or far below the horizon, you will create three-point perspective. Three-Point Perspective, Looking Down This drawing of tall buildings employs three vanishing points and a high horizon. The resulting perspective is extremely dramatic. Three-Point Perspective, Looking Up Reversing the placement of the vanishing points and horizon line gives

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