The Big Book of Drawing: An Introduction to Essential Materials and Techniques

The Big Book of Drawing: An Introduction to Essential Materials and Techniques


Language: English

Pages: 137


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Between these pages, artists of all backgrounds will find anything and everything they need to know about drawing. With thorough explanations of materials and their composition, step-by-step demonstrations, and practical advice for creating compositions, The Big Book of Drawing is a comprehensive authority on the medium that is the foundation of all other visual arts.

Learn how to handle charcoal, pastel, pencil, and an array of inks; master various shading techniques, including cross-hatching and chiaroscuro; and discover the secrets to constructing attractive and unique compositions. Aspiring artists will learn from the best, with a plentiful array of work by old masters, such as Van Dyke, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others.

This combination of a detailed instruction book and folio of masterpiece art inspires and informs artists in a way that no other drawing book does.

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use water-based inks, alcohol, oil inks, and gels that change color upon coming into contact with the air. Lithographic pens or marker pens with a calibrated tip allow for lines of a constant thickness and perfect stability. In general, ballpoint and lithographic pens offer a neutral, steady line, but their ease of use and wide variety of colors make them very appealing to artists. The common ball-point pen is one of the most economic tools used for drawing. It works on almost any surface and is

Although individual methods, they are all related to particular styles and ways of working. In exploring these different styles, readers will be able to rapidly identify the styles, techniques, and subjects that are closest to their own interests and tendencies. OBJECTIVE DRAWING Objective drawing is a neutral description of a subject, and strives to capture the natural appearance of this subject accurately. Strict description of the most significant aspects of the subject characterizes

medieval era, which differ from ideals of the nude from the Renaissance. These ideas can be understood more clearly by studying representations of nude rather than clothed figures. When artists today draw the nude figure, they express, consciously or unconsciously, a general conception of the figure that goes beyond a mere representation of a model. The mentality or artistic style that characterizes an era or an individual artist determine this representation. Albrecht Dürer, Two Drawings of a

pastels Supports for drawing with pastels DRAWING WITH COLORED INKS Mixing color Washes Paper for colored inks DRAWING WITH MARKERS Variety and use of markers Techniques for drawing with markers Writing and lettering tools Supports for drawing with markers DRAWING TECHNIQUES OBJECTIVE DRAWING Stencils and ruled patterns Elementary forms and geometry Blocking in the drawing Process of blocking in the drawing Descriptive lines Demo: Composing and blocking in with pencil Demo: The

which the subject itself is a priority over the color of the drawing. Even so, the color effects of chalks are in no way substandard. They can be blurred, blended into each other, applied on top of each other and can cover the paper almost as much as any other pastel. Classical drawings in this medium usually employed combinations of white chalk, sepia, sanguine and black chalk. These colors are more than sufficient for drafts, sketches, and works that do not require a thorough development of

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