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Aimed at the novice artist, the book is organized around simple guidelines, which help the reader to progress in a structured manner and achieve satisfying results. The book is structured into four sections - drawing, watercolor, acrylics and oils. Each section opens with an overview of materials and basic techniques, and then moves on to achievable step-by-step projects that will help to train the reader's eye and develop their painting or drawing skills. Clear explanations of basic principles encourage readers to tackle subjects ranging from simple studies to landscapes and portraits, and galleries of contemporary artwork illustrate how successful artists approach different topics and techniques. Written by practicing artists, whose enthusiasm will inspire as well as guide, this book brings a breath of fresh air to practical art teaching. With vibrant artworks and engaging text, the books encourage the reader to experiment in order to develop their skills and gain confidence.
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.; Reprint edition (Sep 29 2009)
- ISBN: 9780756656423
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I have always enjoyed doodling, but have not ventured too far from that. When I saw this is the March Sale Boutique at DK Canada, I knew I had to check it out and see if I had any skill.
Here is what my first drawing looked like, when I started the book.
As you see, it still is very much a doodle. I can draw a line or two, but it lacked depth.
So I learned about shading properly with a pencil. Here is what my second drawing looked like.
Much more detail and depth, where it actually looks like a blooming rose.
Okay, so I know I'm no Pablo Picasso, but it's a start right?!
This book has so much to learn from that it will take me a while to work through it, and that's fine by me. The more I learn, the better my art will become.
So in the end, I think this book is perfect for people of any age that want to be better at drawing or using paints. It really gives you clear instruction, along with illustrations as to what you should be doing. For me, it's the perfect way to learn. Show me and let me do it. This book is exactly that.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated. Opinions and drawings are my own.