Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation

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Oxford University Press, 2012 - Art - 415 pages
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Ideal for introductory studio art courses in drawing, Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation, Second Edition, explains clearly and in depth the essentials of depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface, focusing on the cultivation of observational skills, increased sensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials.

* Written by an award-winning artist with thirty years of teaching experience
* Presents clear, direct explanations of drawing fundamentals including: the process of sighting; scaling techniques; creating meaningful line variation; methods for tonal development; creating effective still lifes; understanding the human figure, portraiture, and anatomy; color theory and application; perspective systems; using photos as references; and brainstorming to generate ideas
* Provides helpful pointers on both group and individual critiques
* Offers practical advice about traditional and nontraditional media and surfaces as well as alternative processes that can be combined with drawing
* Includes a comprehensive appendix featuring more than eighty illustrations by twenty-one contemporary artists, a bibliography, and a list of supplementary readings

* A Glossary of Art Terms
* Contains 127 new illustrations, seventy-four of which are in color
* Includes a new chapter on color theory and the use of color media in drawing (Chapter 5)
* Splits the perspective chapter into two distinct chapters, offering step-by-step coverage at both the beginning and more advanced levels (Chapters 2 and 3)
* Includes a new section on straight-line construction and planar construction (Chapter 1)

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About the author (2012)

Deborah Rockman is Chair of the Drawing and Printmaking Programs at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University. She is the author of The Art of Teaching Art: A Guide for Teaching and Learning the Foundations of Drawing-Based Art (OUP, Nov 2000).

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