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The fast and easy way to unleash your inner artist and learn to draw

Holding fast to the simple philosophy that only you can teach yourself to draw, Drawing For Dummies gives you the tools you need to explore the basics and move on to more advanced techniques. It's never too late to unleash the artist within . . . so grab a pad and pencil and let this friendly, hands-on guide put you on the road to self-expression.

  • Drawing 101 — find out everything you need to know to start drawing, from the supplies you'll need to ideas for findinginspiration

  • Sharpen your pencil (and your skills) — learn to create dimension on a flat piece of paper, add shading to render light and shadow, add depth, and much more

  • Let's get digital — discover the world of digital drawing and get guidance on the tools and software used to create sketches and layers with your personal computer

  • Bring your drawing to life — start experimenting with subject matter to draw still lifes, nature, people, and animals

Open the book and find:

  • The supplies and techniques you need to create different types of drawings

  • Ideas and strategies for tackling drawing projects

  • Free downloadable digitaldrawing tools

  • How to balance shapes

  • Tips for creating line drawings

  • Helpful instruction for creating 3D drawings

  • Textures and patterns that can enhance your drawing

  • How to add perspective

Learn to:

  • Draw animals, people, still life, and more

  • Master shading, blending, composition,and perspective

  • Create your drawings from simplegeometric shapes to finished artwork

About the Author

Jamie Combs is an adjunct professor at the Herron School of Art & Design, where she teaches several classes on drawing, painting, and design.

Brenda Hoddinott is an award-winning artist and art educator.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470618426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470618424
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Along the way, she peppers her book with helpful hints and guidance.
A. Silverstone
Bottom line: This book might be useful but getting it probably won't provide any revelations about drawing or anything else.
Bob Tobias
Like the author of this book, I believe that anyone can learn to draw.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris VINE VOICE on February 6, 2013
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When I say I am a beginner, that is EXACTLY what I mean. I want to learn to draw well. But I also what to put pencil to paper and not just read words about drawing. My review is this. Too many words, not enough drawing. I got Mark Kistler's book, "You Can Draw in 30 Days..." and it was so much fun to go through the lessons and see progress. I think that is a better choice to get started drawing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelmina Zeitgeist VINE VOICE on April 14, 2011
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As an artist, I was interested in what this book offered to someone with no background in art who was wanted to learn how to draw. There is so much crammed in the book, which normally takes years of study to learn, it would be overwhelming for anyone new to art who is looking to learn from this book alone. Personally I think this book would work well as a supplement to a beginning drawing or design class to reinforce and add to what is being learned in class. The lessons don't really follow in any logical order and seem to just go all over the place. For a book that is supposed to help someone learn to draw, there are very few illustrations to aid the student of art to have any idea what they should be doing. There's not much information about art supplies given. Most of the illustrations which are included in the book may lead the art novice to feel they should be able to draw as well just from reading the book, become intimidated, frustrated, and just give up. The chapter on Perspective Drawing made me want to cry and I already know how to do it. Anything having to do with digital art would have been better left out, or at most simply mentioned, as it is a completely different genre. Having a few pages on Art Law included made me shake my head and laugh. At the beginning stages of one's art education the last thing anyone needs to worry about is Intellectual Property Law. It made me feel the authors' fear Copyright Infringement of their own work and if was the reason behind the lack of more helpful illustrations to actually help the new art student understand what they were reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mk TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
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To me drawing is an active pursuit, but basic instruction is helpful. This book provides plenty of that; however, my main complaint is the lack of actual drawing or pictures for us learners to visualize. It's narrative heavy.

This is a fairly comprehesive text on the rudiments of sketch, shadow, planning, perspective and so forth. There are pictures throughout, but they are not high quality, and, in general, I didn't find them very useful.

I would have prefered to see a series of progressive shots, perhaps breaking down a drawing, working through the craft with a more step by step detail and the art work to go with it. Maybe it's just me, I can't just read about something and then start doing it, I need to be shown- take me by the hand, start me slow, move me along, give me something to look back at and compare- like that Norman Rockwell painting(in fun on their cover) where he's staring at himself in the mirror seeing if he's got it right.

I don't want to totally bash this book because it does offer helpful info; it simply doesn't appeal to my learning ways- it's more of textbook vs. the typical Dummie's self-taught guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on March 3, 2012
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I have to admit, I don't really like the name of these books because they insult both the author and the student/reader. And with that off my chest, this book is a great introduction to skills and exercises to learning to draw. Of course, this is not a one-size fits all, and it is well worth browsing in person to make sure the style and content match your learning interests and needs. Although this book cannot replace a drawing class and the interaction with a teacher, it is great alternative for someone who has some time (this will not be a quick journey), and is willing to put some effort into improving your drawing ability. The author takes you through a series of exercises meant to improve your ability to see items, and then being able to render them on the page. Along the way, she peppers her book with helpful hints and guidance. Before you know it (and it is worth documenting your progress), you will be producing impressive images that reign over the chicken scratch you started with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Rubino VINE VOICE on March 30, 2011
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The "Dummies" series have always been a simple way to get a nice over view on a variety of subjects. This title however fell a little short for me. My expectations before the book arrived was that it would be a step by step, how-to-draw book for beginning artists. While it does contain information on a variety of drawing techniques and subjects, I was more than a little surprised at the amount of text. I was hoping and expecting a 3 to 1 or 4 to 1 drawing to text ratio while it is almost the opposite. Reading about drawing is fine but showing a beginning artist with multiple steps is more what I had wanted and I didn't feel the book delivered either as a drawing book or a "Dummies" worthy offering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Green, NCGBT VINE VOICE on April 29, 2011
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I used to draw/sketch up until I was in my teens and chose this book as a primer to help reignite my interest. Have to say, I was pretty disappointed in it. I was familiar with the concepts discussed but there was very little here for the beginning artist to help them explore their budding talent. This is aimed more at those who just want a quick reference on-hand. In that regard it's not bad, but not something I'll be using on a regular basis. A better alternative would be How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, which explains the ideas presented here in much better detail.
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