Drawing for the Beginning Artist: Practical Techniques for Mastering Light and Shadow in Graphite and Charcoal

Walter Foster: Quarto. Sept. 2016. 128p. illus. ISBN 9781633221901. pap. $19.95. ART INSTRUCTION
Using straightforward language, product photographs, and illustrations, author and teacher Martin's guide lays out the basics of drawing. Sections on tools and materials, techniques, and subject matter demonstrate principles such as perspective, proportion, representing light and shadow, and more through easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises. Techniques discussed include shading, hatching, erasure, use of colored papers with white highlights, and diluted ink washes. The subject matter section applies techniques covered earlier in the book to a variety of specific situations, including landscapes, still lifes, architecture, night scenes, human figures, faces, and hands.
VERDICT This guide will serve as a solid starting point for anyone interested in learning to draw realistically.
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