The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Drawing: More than 200 drawing techniques, tips & lessons (The Complete Book of …)

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Drawing: More than 200 drawing techniques, tips & lessons (The Complete Book of …)


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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing contains more than 200 drawing techniques, tips, and lessons for budding artists looking for a variety of subjects to practice drawing.

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing is a comprehensive hardcover guide to drawing a vast array of subjects, from landscapes and flowers to animals and portraits. This helpful resource begins with a thorough introduction to the essential tools and materials you need to get started, including different types of pencils, sketchbooks, papers, and other tools. Then learn the fundamentals of drawing, as well as a variety of drawing techniques, including rendering realistic textures, creating volume, and capturing perspective. The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing guides beginning and intermediate artists through a series of easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects covering a variety of subjects, including:

  • Flowers
  • Landscapes
  • Wild animals
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • People
  • Human bodies
  • Children
  • Still lifes

With helpful tips and easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons,The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing is the perfect resource for beginning artists who want to improve their drawing skills.
 
The Complete Beginner’s Guide series provides a comprehensive guide to drawing a vast array of subjects, from landscapes and flowers to animals and poses. Artists will learn the fundamentals of drawing, as well as a variety of techniques, including rendering realistic textures, capturing perspective, and creating dynamic portraits and compositions. With helpful tips and step-by-step artwork to inspire, the Complete Beginner’s Guide series is the perfect resource for practiced beginning to intermediate artists looking to hone their drawing skills and techniques.


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The Complete Book of Series covers the concepts all serious beginning artists need in order to master basic artistic styles. Artists will discover helpful information for understanding various techniques.

These educational books, step-by-step exercises, and projects encourage artists to put their newfound knowledge to use and practice the concepts and techniques demonstrated. With the skills and techniques they acquire in these comprehensive yet affordable complete books, beginning artists will be ready to take their artwork to the next level.

Filled with beautiful artwork that will inspire budding artists to continue to build and grow their craft, The Complete Book of Series is the perfect place to start a mastery of fine art.

With a little bit of knowledge and training, you can easily draw a detailed motif such as this leaf.With a little bit of knowledge and training, you can easily draw a detailed motif such as this leaf.

Getting Started

Before you begin sketching, you’ll want to get accustomed to using your whole arm, not just your wrist and hand, to draw. (If you use only your wrist and hand, your sketches may appear stiff or forced.) Practice drawing freely by moving your shoulder and arm to make loose, random strokes on a piece of scrap paper. Try to relax, and hold your pencil lightly. You don’t need to focus on a particular subject as you warm up; just get used to the feel of a pencil in your hand and the kinds of strokes you can achieve.

Learning Control

Once your arm is warmed up, try the strokes and techniques shown here. Although making circles, dots, scribbles, and lines may seem like senseless doodling, creating these marks is actually a great way to learn control and precision—two traits essential to pencil drawing.

You should also experiment with different pencil grips to see how they affect the lines you draw. The more you practice with different strokes, sketching styles, and grips, the quicker and more skilled your hand will become!

Many beginners draw without carefully looking at their subject;

Many beginners draw without carefully looking at their subject;

Starting with Sketches

Starting with Sketches

Drawing observation. look subject technique practice. spheres, cylinders, cones, cubes

Drawing observation. look subject technique practice. spheres, cylinders, cones, cubes

Learning to See

Many beginners draw without carefully looking at their subject; instead of drawing what they actually see, they draw what they think they see. Try drawing something you know well, such as your hand, without looking at it. Chances are your finished drawing won’t look as realistic as you expected. That’s because you drew what you think your hand looks like. Instead, you need to forget about all of your preconceptions and learn to draw only what you really see in front of you (or in a photo). Two great exercises for training your eye to see are contour drawing and gesture drawing.

Starting with Sketches

sketch. Sketching is a wonderful method for quickly capturing an impression of a subject. Depending on the pencil lead and technique used, you can swiftly record a variety of shapes, textures, moods, and actions. For example, dark, bold strokes can indicate strength and solidity; lighter, more feathered strokes can convey a sense of delicacy; and long, sweeping strokes can suggest movement. Some artists often make careful sketches to use as reference for more polished drawings later on, but loose sketches are also a valuable method of practice and a means of artistic expression, as the examples on these pages show.

Warming Up

Drawing is about observation. If you can look at your subject and really see what is in front of you, you’re halfway there; the rest is technique and practice. Warm up by sketching a few basic three-dimensional forms—spheres, cylinders, cones, and cubes. Gather some objects from around your home to use as references, or study the examples here. (By the way, feel free to put a translucent piece of paper over these drawings and trace them. It’s not cheating; it’s good practice.)

Even though the hibiscus has a lot of detail, it isn’t difficult to draw.

Hibiscus grow in single- and double-flowered varieties.

Hibiscus grow in single- and double-flowered varieties.

Shading Before shading the petals in step 2, study where the shading falls how petals rippled effect

Shading Before shading the petals in step 2, study where the shading falls how petals rippled effect

Add the details of the flower center, and block in the stem and leaves.

Add the details of the flower center, and block in the stem and leaves.

Step 1 shows the overall mass, petal direction, and basic center of the flower.

Steps leading up to the finished drawing must be followed closely to get the most out of this exercise.

Shading Before shading the petals in step 2, study where the shading falls and how it gives the petals a slightly rippled effect.

Consider the size of each flower part in relation to the whole before attempting to draw it.

Add the details of the flower center, and block in the stem and leaves.

Add the details of the flower center, and block in the stem and leaves.

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