How to See, How to Draw: Keys to Realistic Drawing

How to See, How to Draw: Keys to Realistic Drawing

Claudia Nice

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1600617573

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

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the vase to match the model side. 5 When the mapping is finished, unite the tick marks by a single line and erase the old edge. The vase should now appear symmetrical. PRACTICE EXERCISE The subject for this exercise is a fairly symmetrical piece of Southwest Indian pottery. Begin by estimating the mid-point of the height and width of the pot. Also study its overall form. First, start with lightly drawn double pencil lines to indicate the space the pot should take up, considering that it

decoys. AERIAL PERSPECTIVE The clarity of objects diminishes as they recede into the distance. This is due to the atmosphere. Although the air may seem transparent on a clear day, it is still peppered with dust, moisture and pollen, not to mention pollution particles. This near invisible screen puts a veil between the viewer's eye and what is being looked at. The more distant the object, the more it is obscured. The atmospheric haze mutes details and values. It also filters out light rays,

DIMINISHING SIZES Objects appear smaller both in height and width as they recede into the background. The distance between evenly spaced objects also seems to diminish. Consider the photograph of the pier and the people walking along by the railing. The people on the left side of the photo are closer to the foreground and appear much larger than the people on the right, who are further away. This can be clearly seen by comparing the people on the far right to the figures in the circular

of the toad with a 4B pencil. The resulting texture marks were sprayed with fixative and the shadows and “warts” were added. The texture of the log beneath the toad was transfer-rubbed from a wooden shingle and the leaf texture was transfer-rubbed from dried leaves. WOVEN TEXTURES Coarsely woven materials, transferred onto the drawing surface using the pencil rubbing technique, make great backgrounds for still life scenes. Pieces of ric-rac, lace ribbons, twine, broad-toothed combs, and the Receive a FREE GIFT when you sign up for our free newsletter at VISIT WWW.ARTISTSNETWORK.COM & GET JEN'S NORTH LIGHT PICKS! Get free step-by-step demonstrations along with reviews of the latest books, videos and downloads from Jennifer Lepore, Online Education Manager at North Light Books.

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