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How to See, How to Draw: Keys to Realistic Drawing by [Nice, Claudia]
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Imagine having the ability to draw any subject with precision, detail and expression. With Claudia's help, you can do it! In How to See, How to Draw, you will discover how to tap into your powers of observation, strengthen your hand-eye connection, and draw the world around you with new skill and accuracy. Just take it one step at a time.

Claudia is an expert teacher, breaking down complex compositions into a series of achievable shapes and values that even beginners will understand. Through dozens of mini demonstrations, fun-to-do exercises and complete step-by-step instruction, you'll learn everything from basic drawing techniques to more challenging methods for rendering wonderfully rich, in-depth compositions.

Her visual instruction details how to:

  • Use a variety of drawing tools to suit your style and artistic intent
  • Learn to let go of preconceived ideas so you can observe lines, shapes and spatial relationships as they actually are
  • Create strong compositions through comparison and proportional control
  • Find, fix and avoid common mistakes by using simple grids and guide lines
  • Understand and work with perspective to create the illusion of depth
  • Reveal form through light and shadow
  • Explore the potential of texture to create mood and movement

Claudia's drawings illuminate a range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, animals and still life. You can practice using her reference photos and drawings, or you can apply her exercises to your own subjects.

Start today, Claudia's way! Following her masterful guidance, you'll see the world through new eyes and draw better than you ever have before.

About the Author

Claudia Nice is the author of 12 successful North Light books including Creating Textures in Pen and Ink with Watercolor, How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal, and Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice. Well-known by both fine artists and decorative painters, her friendly voice and clear instruction reach many artists.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19371 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 Spi edition (July 7 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4ASA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I am over the moon with this book. It arrived in perfect condition and is a fantastic book for a beginner sketch artist. I am really impressed with the way that it covers all the material and shows the steps necessary to draw. I can't put it down! This is exactly what I was looking for..... A book that would not only stimulate my interest but lead me through exercises and also address common problems. I have other books of course but this is so eminently practical and opens nice and flat too.
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I just purchased this book. As far as ascetics go, I prefer a real book to a down-loaded copy. This book is coil bound and lays nice and flat so I can draw right beside it without pages flipping etc.

I have just completed the first exercise the author suggests and was quite pleased to get what she was talking about -- drawing what is actually there as opposed to drawing from a preconceived idea.

I have browsed through the book and am looking forward to some of the other exercises she suggests. If you are a beginner such as I, and want to draw better, I think you will get a great deal from this book.
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Bonne présentation des techniques qui permet a quelqu'un de produire des dessins plus réaliste .
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HASH(0xa852a5c4) out of 5 stars A complete instructional manual Sept. 19 2010
By Sally - Published on Amazon.com
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As an artist "wannabe," this book is the most complete how-to-draw book that I have seen. It begins with the usual topic of materials and supplies, then progresses steadily to cover every topic that I would think is covered in extensive art classes for beginners. Two things that stand out in Nice's book: 1) in a concise style, she gives reasons to support her suggestions, helping readers to remember a process or material; 2) the examples are plentiful, detailed, and, what I find refreshing, include several "what's wrong" sketches--typical mistakes--why they're wrong and how to fix them. The wire binding lays pages flat for easy viewing.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa852a810) out of 5 stars Buy this book and learn to draw Nov. 27 2010
By SISSY - Published on Amazon.com
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Claude Nice has created this wonderful book. And the beginning drawing person like myself will find this book most informative. What I like most about any reading material is... does the author speak to me though the pages? In other words does it seem like the author is right in the room speaking to me? I felt Claude Nice was and is sitting in my room each time I read a paragraph from this book.

The Viewing Grid was a wonderful idea.

Be sure to read the introduction before you buy this book.

I was interested in page 22 and 23 on Observational Skills because there were faces of people on the pages.

This book is a must have for any person who is wanting to draw or has been drawing for ages.

There is a chapter on Developing Textures, that is full of wonderful ways to gain that correct texture. And who knew that rubbing a pencil over sand paper could make it look like a frog WOW!

Definately a must have book!
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HASH(0xa852abf4) out of 5 stars good for me. Dec 30 2011
By natkat - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book as I'm not someone I would call a 'drawer' I simply don't do it. So when in my computer art class the instructor required his students to keep a sketchbook. I needes help on the simple basics. How to see, this book is perfect for that. I'd recommend it.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa852aabc) out of 5 stars Great lessons Aug. 21 2010
By Sanni M. Slabbert - Published on Amazon.com
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I am learning from this book and enjoying it. She writes clearly and illustrates so that all is understood.

The book arrived in good shape, promptly. Thank you for excellent service.
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HASH(0xa852a9d8) out of 5 stars PC is a better venue June 14 2012
By Lyn Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Because of the many well done images need enlarging, this book is better served if you view it on your PC. Step by step instructions are easy to follow and even if you don't take part in the art experience it is interesting to read and view.