Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art

Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art

Helen Birch

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1452119775

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Creating stylish sketches by hand is easy and fun with this inspiring guide. Freehand breaks down basic drawing techniques into bite-sized chunks, and reveals their practical application in dazzling examples by today's coolest artists. Over 200 innovative works of art demonstrate all the fundamentals—line, tone, composition, texture, and more—and are presented alongside friendly text explaining the simple techniques used to achieve each stylish effect. The final section of the book offers aspiring artists essential reference materials to hone their drafting skills and practice what they've learned. Petite in size but comprehensive in scope, this hip handbook will teach artists of all skill levels how to find their personal drawing style and start making amazing sketches.

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bleeding heart, the waiting handshake, a mountain, and a grave suggest a difficult life for this Romantic composer. 142 143 Shining Light Fagerholm has enhanced the fantastical, otherworldly feel of this drawing by combining marker pens, felt-tip pens, and fluorescent markers to produce an almost luminous, textured surface. His success is due partly to the way he has combined the materials. He has laid down every line, apart from the fluorescent ovals that make up the creatures’ eyes, with a

or to reappraise any you have already had. You may wish to emulate the subject matter you see here, try out the drawing materials described, or both. Too many people see drawing as a magical conjuring trick—something you have to have an innate talent for— but this is not the case. If you want to draw, the most important thing is to be interested in it. If you enjoy the drawings of others, and are excited by the possibilities, want to handle drawing materials, or simply wish to have a go at it,

part of how we read it. We have to ask questions and find meanings. The proportion of the figure suggests she is a child, but somehow that feels like a stylistic convention. Maybe this is about someone on the cusp of adulthood. Either way, Pugsley has created a narrative, concept, or visual metaphor with this device. She has used papers of varying thickness in her collage, which shows up in the final scan of the drawing. This helps the whole thing to appear slightly three-dimensional—a good

ball-point, fiber-tip/felt-tip, marker, dip tape digital: apps and programs Right: Drawing by Sara Landeta; dry media Far right: Drawing by Jeffrey Decoster; wet media 196 Wet Media ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● water-soluble colored pencil India and China ink (waterproof) colored ink (soluble) watercolor gouache acrylic paint masking fluid bleach Other Media ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● eraser fixative X-ACTO knife scissors compass ruler glue stick pencil sharpener sandpaper drawing

and fur. There is no true sense of perspective, but Landeta still gives us the sense of an inhabited landscape. Sara Landeta Color, texture Colored pencil Imaginative, conceptual Animals, landscape 94 95 Layered Color If you want to build up layers of color, one option is to begin with a stain or texture. Walton used this approach for her bathing beauties. She obviously didn’t complete it in one sitting: she has drawn, blocked out, and redrawn. Choose a strong enough paper to withstand

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