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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684833727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684833729
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Kistler is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and the producer and star of Mark Kistler's Imagination Station, currently airing on public television nationwide. The author of the wildly popular drawing books Mark Kistler's Draw Squad and Mark Kistler's Imagination Station, Kistler lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Chapter 1

Come with Me! Let's Draw in 3-D

The Goal

My goal with this book is to teach you how to draw in 3-D with great skill and confidence. You'll have the power to draw anything, at any time, from your imagination or from what you see with your eyes in the world around you.

Drawing in 3-D is my favorite thing to do! Since you are holding this book in your hands, I'm going to assume you love to draw as much as I do, and that you are looking for someone to teach you how to make your drawings look more "alive" and action packed, as if they really "exist" on the piece of paper. The good news is that drawing in 3-D is an easy-to-learn skill that you too can learn. You will become the paper dominator, the imagination master. You will become the great pencil-power wizard of planet Earth. How? When? Is this really possible? Of course it's true. Let's start now; just follow the directions below.

How to Use This Book

There are many ways to use this book. One way is to turn to the Dynamic Drawing Directory on page 27. Scan down the illustrated columns of the hundreds of lesson choices, find one that catches your eye, turn to that page, and draw like a wild Ninja artist.

Another way to use this book is as an idea resource dictionary, an "idea encyclopedia." When you want to draw something in particular for a school report, such as an ancient Egyptian pyramid or an African gorilla, turn to the Dynamic Drawing Directory and find the appropriate theme. Follow the illustrated lesson to draw the object in 3-D.

The best way to use this book is to follow it beginning to end. The beginning lessons will teach you several very important Renaissance drawing words and art terms and will help you understand the more difficult lessons later in the book. I also have added helpful pencil tips on blocking, sketching, and finishing. Along the way you will be learning several detailed shading techniques to make your drawing appear to pop off the paper in 3-D. After you complete chapters 1 through 4, go wild with your powerful pencil personality. Draw the lessons at random in whatever order you feel like. If at any time you feel your drawings are starting to look a bit tilted, askew, or misproportioned, you can always review chapters 1 through 4. When you go back to review the early chapter find out which Renaissance word you seem to be having difficulty with. Practice a few more of these early lessons once again. You'll fix the peculiar pencil problem promptly and be able to jump back to the more advanced chapters in no time. Relax, have fun, keep your pencil loose and your lines sketchy. You will want to draw each lesson several times before you have a masterpiece suitable for world exhibition on the family refrigerator. So enjoy the slow process! Drawing in 3-D is not just a quick lesson, it's a life adventure!

Once you finish the first lesson on page 46, work your way through each letter A drawing lesson. I've written the lessons for the letters A and B as the main teaching components for you to learn the most important basic drawing in 3-D skills. The lessons for letters C through Z have minimum text, focusing more on the line-by-line instruction. While you are blasting across the paper, drawing lessons A and B, be sure to read carefully the text I have written next to the specific steps. These helpful basic concepts will prepare you for the other three hundred-plus drawing adventures to follow. A few of the more advanced lessons in one-point perspective will appear in later chapters. For examples of these more advanced lessons, look at Dirk's Declaration (page 84), Forest of Freedom (page 97), Kazoo Kingdom (page 133), and Question Queue (page 177).

While creating this book, I wanted it to be useful as a viewer's guide to my children's how-to-draw public television series, Mark Kistler's Imagination Station. At the beginning of each episode I introduce the thirty-minute lesson with the title of the day. When I say the title, viewers can turn to the Dynamic Drawing Directory, find the appropriate lesson adventure, and turn to that page. Now you can watch me on PBS and follow along with me in the book! Pretty cool, eh? If this children's public television series is not currently broadcasting in your area, you may call the programming director of your local PBS station and suggest they include the series in the broadcast schedule. I donate this children's television series of sixtyfive episodes to PBS stations across America. Millions of children are having daily "art attacks" with me from their TVs. You can find the phone number on my Internet Web site at www.draw3d.com, or look in your local phone directory. Your phone calls, letters, and faxes to PBS stations across America have made it possible for me to broadcast these children's television series over the last fourteen years. Thanks for sharing my dream of art TV for kids.

Copyright © 1998 by Mark Kistler

More About the Author

Over the past sixteen years Mark Kistler has taught millions of children how to draw in 3-D at over five thousand elementary school assembly workshops around the world, including Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Mexico, and the United States. His starring roles as Commander Mark and Captain Mark in the hit children's public television series The Secret City, The Draw Squad, and The New Secret City Adventures, have been viewed in eighteen countries with over forty million viewers. His most recent self-produced public television series, Mark Kistler's Imagination Station, is currently airing on nearly one hundred PBS stations nationwide. Mr. Kistler has written and illustrated many popular children's drawing books, including Learn to Draw with Commander Mark and Mark Kistler's Draw Squad. As a result of his television series and drawing books, Mark Kistler has generated over one million letters containing 3-D drawings from children around the world. Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child's critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages on self-image, goal setting, dream questing, environmental awareness, and the power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their awesome individual potential. When Mark is not waiting for connecting flights at airports, he enjoys sailing his Catalina sloop in the blue Pacific waters off the coast of sunny southern California. Mark lives in Carlsbad, California.

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I spend about a a half hour with this book every day - or a couple hours every other day.
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He is fun and has a gift for getting kids excited about art.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mark Kistler has done it again! As an avid reader of his past writings, I was pleased to see he has raised the bar on drawing instruction yet another notch. He continues to amaze in his newest book! He imparts his drawing lessons in an extremely entertaining and fun manner. I am always amazed at how he so adeptly reaches an audience that spans so many generations. My eighty-year old grandfather enjoyed his latest book as much as my ten-year old daughter. I was especially delighted to see that a companion workbook was offered and I must say it lived up to my highest expectations! Thank you Mark Kistler!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kate Paul on August 22, 2002
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My 8 year old son is quite the artist. He can draw what he sees. He was given this book by my mother and ignored it for quite awhile.....so one hot boring summer day while cleaning his room I found it and started messing around.....I am so amazed at what I have put on paper. I am a 35 year old woman who can't draw more than a stick figure....well not anymore!!! Not only does my refrigerator door have my childrens art work -- IT HAS MINE!!!! THANK YOU MARK! Did not know what I was missing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
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Using this book as a teaching tool in the classroom, the students get the confidence they need. Mark explains how to draw in easy to follow steps using basic shapes that create an exciting drawing. Students, parents and teachers are all amazed with the results.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Hall on September 1, 2003
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I spend about a a half hour with this book every day - or a couple hours every other day. It's great for building confidence and practice.
Ever feel that books like "Drawing on the right side of the brain" were somehow sterile and lifeless? This book is chock full of a million creative drawings that can be done with a little patience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elaine J. Sutherland on January 11, 2007
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I am a professional artist and occasional art teacher but Mark Kistler products will teach my grandchildren better than I could. He is fun and has a gift for getting kids excited about art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ann Mack on September 4, 2013
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This is a delightful book and has been purchased to use with my grandchildren. My children were lucky enough to be in Mark's summer program of 1988 and they all still enjoy drawing flags and castles and they still love to "Shade shade shade". I have used the book from that class in classes I have taught. A painles,' happy way to learn to draw in one, two and three point perspective. Thanks Mark!
If you are buying this book as a gift please read the first chapters because it would not be as cool a gift without some very simple supplies and a bag or box to keep them in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. L. on May 10, 2013
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All of mark Kistler's books are wonderful to use with children. He allows them step by step instructions that students can easily master.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Stahnke on November 23, 2012
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This is a great beginner book to learn the basics for drawing. Easy to understand for kids and adults alike.
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