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.