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Drawing Made Easy: Beautiful Landscapes [Paperback]

Diane Wright
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July 1 2007 Drawing Made Easy
Subtle differences in drawing and shading techniques allow artists to create a wide variety of landscape textures, from lush grasses to smooth stones. Beautiful Landscapes offers in-depth information on drawing landscapes in varied locales. Accomplished artist Diane Wright guides readers through the fundamentals of drawing in pencil, such as making basic strokes and using photo references, and on through 10 step-by-step projects featuring everything from a desert scene to a riverside landscape. As an added bonus, the book showcases landscapes from around the world, including scenes from Venice, the Netherlands, and Canada. With easy-to-understand information on tools and materials, basic strokes, shading techniques, and more, this 64-page book covers everything aspiring artists need to know to start creating their own masterful works of landscape art.

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Diane Wright received a bachelor's degree in fine art with a teaching certification from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981. After a break that lasted more than 20 years, Diane picked up her art pencils again in 2002. During this break, she devoted her time to her family and building a career in computer technology. With her children, Matt and Becky, in college, Diane now spends her free time re-exploring her love for art. She keeps quite busy with creating commissions, selling her artwork on her website, building online tutorials, and conducting drawing classes. She also offers printing services for graphic artists. Diane lives in Mitchellville, IA.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very small April 3 2012
By eva
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I wasn't expecting that small and very little pages. There are not many landscape drawings to learn.My 9 Year old daughter did not like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos for Diane Wright/Shame on "Walter Foster" May 8 2010
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This is a very well written and illustrated book on drawing for any new artist, particularly the landscape artist. In fact, I would say that it is a "must have," with all the tips and techniques it includes for texture and special effects. It is the kind of book you want to tuck away and take with you. Reading it and practicing what is taught will give anyone plenty of opportunity to improve their art. Pencil can be a thrilling medium for both the artist and the viewer. It is one of the few that invites the viewer into the work as an active participant. It talks to each person in their own visual language. Diane Wright does a wonderful job of not "drawing down" to her students but of pulling them up to their own potential.

Along comes "Walter Foster" publications. They have been publishing art instructional manuals for eons; some good, some horrendous. Here comes Diane Wright, an outstanding pencil artist, offering high quality pieces, easily understood instruction and excellent insight for this publication. Really good pencil artist/instuctors, such as she, are not that easy to come by. What does "Walter Foster," do? Instead of publishing them in a large enough format that people can easily see the value shifts and easily see the changes in the refrence drawings, they publish them in a "9 1/2 x 6 1/2" book where the demos are "3 1/2 x 5 1/2." And the book is only 64 pages long from stem to stern. Diane Wright's work deserves a much larger venue. I would have had my students purchase this book at twice it's size and price just so they could comparatively study good work and a differing style. The size of this one, unfortunately, does not honor the artist.The content, particularly value shifts in landscapes, when you can see them, is outstanding, but they can be VERY hard to see.(Capitals to "Walter Foster," Are you listening? Why publish and instructional book that is too small to properly demonstrate? This is Landscape not Portrait work. All you do is frustrate the purchaser.)

Again, Mega Kudos to Diane Wright. I hope I come across some of her work in a larger format. And, I thank her for the obvious effort she put into creating this piece of art. It's clear that her intention was to create something accessible and readily useful to the student. Shame on Walter Foster for not fully providing that opportunity. But get this anyhow. Diane's skill transcends Walter Foster's error and I found this book very useful in it's own right. I doubt that anyone else would be sorry, either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Dec 17 2009
By Eric G. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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Along with Diane's web site tutorials, her book is a great review and more. Retired with a disability I turned to oil painting as part of my pass time. Trying to improve that skill I realized I needed to become better at drawing. Then I discovered Diane and was amazed at her work. What has really intrigued me is how three dimensional her work is, made with subtle changes in values using pencil. One of the things I like most about Diane's book is how she explains the step by step process of achieving very believable landscapes.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing Made Easy: Beautiful Landscapes: Sept. 3 2009
By Russell Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Drawing Made Easy: Beautiful Landscapes: Really helps you Discover your "inner artist".
The technigue shown in "Drawing Made Easy", is very helpful, useing different grades of lead
is beautifully explained improveing the finished picture. The lessons are presented in a easy
to understand form and makeing them fun to see the results.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless June 17 2013
By Aggie Angst - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a Drawing Made Easy book, but it has been sized down so much that it's impossible to use. The pictures are so small that you can't see the pencil marks and many details in the how to drawings just aren't there any more. There are literally blank spots where pencil marks should be. I would not recommend this to a friend or even an enemy. It was a total waste of money and I'm disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok Dec 23 2012
By Susie T - Published on Amazon.com
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The drawings are very small and there are no how- to descriptions. I was hoping for more instruction, especially about trees.
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