Pencil Sketching, 2nd Edition

Pencil Sketching, 2nd Edition

Thomas C. Wang

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0471399191

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The complete, classic guide to the art of pencil sketching

Portable. Erasable. Inexpensive. No other single drawing tool is as versatile as the pencil. Through the centuries, generations of artists have used it to work out ideas, study form, and develop fundamental skills that are crucial to an artist’s training.

Pencil Sketching has taught thousands of beginners the basic principles and techniques of pencil sketching. Carefully revised to meet the needs of today’s artists, this edition features easy-to-follow instructions, dozens of new illustrations, and more–everything you need to explore the amazing potential of the pencil and learn to sketch with confidence.

  • Techniques: shading, texture, value, line, strokes . . .
  • Materials: pencils, papers, accessories . . .
  • Skills: observation, recording, composition, sketching from memory . . .
  • Subjects: trees, landforms, water, architecture, cityscapes . . .

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SKETCHING: ISOLATION AND ABSTRACTION EXAMPLE 2: PLAZA, TOKYO FORUM The intent is to sketch the space between buildings; the frame in this case must therefore include the two rows of trees (which creates a large picture frame). THUMBNAIL • • • • 74 establish a simple massing study identify all reference planes a row of trees is a typical vertical reference plane the ground plane is a typical horizontal reference plane WANG_CH5(71-84)3rdpas 6/25/01 3:48 PM Page 75 (Black plate) FINISHED

trunk. Reflection in water suggests the height of the buildings and the movement of the water’s surface. Tonal contrast between foreground and background landform suggests the valley in between. 84 WANG_CH6(85-90)3rdpas 7/16/01 2:40 PM Page 85 (Black plate) SKETCHING Sketching The sketch Sketching from memory FROM • • • • recall images • sketch and visually judge select/scale images sketch compose and rearrange MEMORY 6 I believe sketching from memory is a discipline that

unwanted graphic markings without leaving crumbs on the drawings. The plastic white eraser can pick up a great deal of the residue, but leaves crumbs that require sweeping. Neither eraser can erase cleanly. Each will mar the sketching surface and change the texture of the paper. A smooth paper is very unforgiving and any attempt to erase can easily lead to disaster. 17 WANG_CH2(7-18)3rdpas 6/25/01 12:11 PM Page 18 (Black plate) LINE DRAWING LINE AND TONE DRAWING The use of simple pencil

a good quality, soft sketching pencil is equally capable of producing a wide range of lines by itself. It is quite unnecessary to stock yourself with an array of leads because one or two simple pencils will do all the tricks. In sketching, it is always a good idea to try to use a variety of line widths to avoid a monotonous look. For example, a profile line (a thicker line width) is used to visually lift the object from the background and to make the object look more three-dimensional. Different

which they can later derive inspiration and ideas for future work. LIFE SKETCHING • • • • • Object Seeing See Identify Isolate Simplify Translate Pencil Sketching The Sketch 39 WANG_CH4(37-70)3rdpas 6/25/01 2:18 PM Page 40 (Black plate) THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PICTURE FRAME The size of the picture frame is at the discretion of the artist. The picture frame (same as picture frame in composition) can be the paper itself. 40 The picture frame is a hypothetical frame between the object

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