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How to Draw: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners Covering Still Life, Landscapes, Figure Drawing, the Female Nude and Human Anatomy [Paperback]

Patricia Monahan , James Horton , Angela Gair , Ian Sidaway , Albany Wiseman
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Book Description

Jan. 28 2006
Drawing is an essential skill that introduces the first step into all other visual arts. Beginners start immediately producing accomplished pieces: 38 original, exciting projects that free you to practice and perfect your skills without dreary routine exercises. All major subject areas are covered, from still-lifes and landscapes to animals and life drawings, in a variety of media including charcoals, chalks, pastels, colored pencils, inks, and graphite. Practical advice on technique accompanies each project, with specialized galleries to inspire you. Along the way, you explore many different approaches to figure drawing, including the stages through which the female nude has emerged as a painting subject and how science is transforming the way painters treat human anatomy.

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Patricia Monahan is a well-known author who has written a number of books on practical art. She lives in London. James Horton is an experienced artist with a particular knowledge of the field of anatomy. He lives in Cambridge. Angela Gair is a painter, writer, editor and the author of many practical art books. She now lives in Charlton, London.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really for beginners Dec 18 2011
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This book claims to be "a complete step-by-step guide for beginners", but surely would be of little or no use to absolute beginners who have never done any drawing. The 2nd exercise in the book, for example, is to draw a dancer with charcoal and chalk. But without any prior knowledge of anatomy or drawing, it would be impossible to draw from the photograph supplied, because is only 1.5 inches square. So the "beginner" using this book is expected to find a model to pose, and to already have the basic skills required to draw the model. The book includes a gallery of finished drawings, but the instruction given is mostly limited to rather vague advice about choosing subjects and tools. Any beginner who tried to learn from this would most likely give up drawing.

However, there are some useful projects here for those who are past the beginner stage. The sections on anatomy and use of pastels on colored paper, for instance, give some good suggestions.
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