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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 – Jan 28 2006


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (Jan. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845370880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845370886
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 1.8 x 26.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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