How to Draw What You See

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Sep 7, 2011 - Art - 178 pages
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When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill’s best-seller list—and it has remained there ever since. “I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them—realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. Today, generations of artists have learned to draw what they see, to truly capture the world around them, using de Reyna’s methods. How to Draw What You See shows artists how to recognize the basic shape of an object—cube, cylinder, cone, or sphere—and use that shape to draw the object, no matter how much detail it contains.

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More than three decades ago, De Reyna produced the first edition of this extremely popular book in an already crowed field, and it quickly became a classic. Emphasizing fundamentals, he urges readers ... Read full review

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This is a great book for any artist who needs more practice in capturing proper shading in facial features and pretty much everything else, from as many different angles as possible. He introduces all of the 4 basic shapes that nature is composed of, and teaches you to start a still life consisting of cubic, cylindrical, conal, or spherical skeletal structures and build from there. Drawing a model isn't one straight process, it's several. He teaches his students to appreciate the little things that make a big difference in visual art.
I've noticed a few not so positive reviews of this book, and I think it's because people aren't seeing the results they want to see and think it's the book's fault. Drawing is not a logical skill like learning a language, it is something that requires a mixture of good motor skills and acute observation and feeling. Reading a book will not make you a better artist, but applying De Rayna's techniques will certainly make you a better one over time.
...There's a reason why this book is still being published over 40 years later!


Refining with Tracing Paper
The Horizon Plane
Translating Local Color
Drawing with Charcoal
Drawing Outdoors 7
Drawing the Figure
Male and Female Features
Male and Female Characteristics
A Still Life in Wash
Characteristics of Opaque I39 Versatility of Acrylic
Still Liies in Opaque I43 Media
Establishing the Large Shapes I43 Ink and Additional Equipment
Materials to Take Along

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Rudy de Reyna is the author of many Watson-Guptill classics, including
Magic Realist Drawing Techniques.

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