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Product Details

  • Series: First Steps
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st. ed edition (March 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891347178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891347170
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Claudia Nice is the author of 12 successful North Light books including Creating Textures in Pen and Ink with Watercolor, How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal, and Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice. Well-known by both fine artists and decorative painters, her friendly voice and clear instruction reach many artists.


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Claudia Nice is a successful and well-known pen & ink artist, teacher and author in the US. She teaches students from all over the world at her studio in Oregon. Claudia lives with her husband in the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon border.

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I really like Claudia Nice...she is a very talented artist who explains well in her illustrations.
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This book is a wonderful beginning instruction on pen and ink drawing.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
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I borrowed this book from the library and used it so extensively for three weeks that I decided to buy my own copy. The book contains information on tools and techniques with instructions and lessons for both beginners and more accomplished artists. I feel it is a good reference that I will go back to again and again.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Wyll & Kristy Irvin on June 4, 2000
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Having picked up a drawing pen after many long years (actually my last drawing instrument was a made by Crayola!) I found this book to be very helpful in learning the basics, fiding materials, and simply getting started. I have found it worth every cent I paid for it.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael Moncur on January 20, 2006
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As a non-artist who's trying to learn to be an artist, this book really helped me find a medium that worked for me, and no other book has inspired me to get to work learning to draw.

You'll need some experience sketching with pencil to make most of the drawings work, but the great pen-and-ink art in this book has inspired me to get better drawing with pencil.

Note that online auction sites usually have great deals on sets of Rapidograph pens. Don't pay full price!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Draper VINE VOICE on April 16, 2010
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for overall pen and ink learning from beginning to mastery. I've been drawing a lot lately, using various instruction books, and this is the best general pen and ink art book I've found. It is a substantial, well-written book and worth the price.

I like pen-and-ink because of the look of the definite lines, and interesting textures that can be achieved, and the wonderful way it combines with color washes (this topic is covered in other books). I also like drawing with ink because it avoids the draw, erase-redo, repeat habits that I was getting, and forces one to think and look carefully before starting to draw. Claudia Nice demonstrates seven basic pen strokes and then expands on them, and gives some projects utilizing these strokes, and, eventually, demonstrates several very detailed finished compositions, using a variety of subjects. She does a great job teaching how to make textures using the seven stroking techniques--crosshatch, stippling, wavy lines, etc.

By way of introduction to this medium she discusses materials needed, including the "technical pen". I am currently drawing with Pitt artist pens in three widths, but am looking forward to getting a some of technical pens--most likely a set of seven Rapidograph ones, which you can get here on Amazon--for even better results.

With this book in hand, as well as pens and paper, one can learn a lot and have success. Also, I would like to suggest a couple of other books to round out the experience, if you wish. For a more thorough background and understanding, "Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner" is best.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Loranda J. Buoy on September 30, 2005
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I wish I had had this book years ago. It would have saved me lots of mistakes and given me the courage to pursue my passion sooner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on December 16, 2012
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I am new to pen and ink with a background in illustration as a pastime. I have purchased other claudia nice books and this is probably her best book for beginners in pen and ink. Unlike Guptill's book on pen and ink, this book offers less written instructions and more examples of pen and ink artwork, with short comments and instructions. For example, I like Claudia's comments on a basic stroke technique, crosshatching, she suggests are are great for "adding roughened texture, deepening shadows", along with an illustration of how crosshatching is used to that effect. That said, for a First Steps, I would have liked it if she had shown additional steps, instead of the 2-4 which goes from: sketch, to detailed sketch, to completed ink and pen work (beautiful as it is). I would have liked more steps between detailed sketch and completed ink and pen, how did she build up tone and highlights, etc.? BTW, you will find the same illustrations and instructions repeat in her other books. I would still recommend this book and would also suggest if you can't afford the entire wonderful set of Rapidograph pen, you can start with the .25 which is the one I use most often (for smaller size artwork). I wish there was a comprehensive pen and ink book out there. Hope this helps.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaygor on April 25, 2009
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This book is incredible. I started copying the pictures using the tips offered in the book and my pictures came out looking almost as good as theirs. It is a great book for beginners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Flooz on February 21, 2012
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First Steps Drawing in Pen & Ink (First Step Series)

Of the half dozen or so of books I've bought recently on Pen & Ink Drawaing techniques, this has by far the best step-by-step detailed instructions with examples at each stage. Some examples (e.g. head and shoulders of an elderly lady) build up over 4 whole pages. Most run to 2 pages or several staged exampled on one page and at 126 pages it's a meaty book! Very broad variety of subjects drawn as well and not just landscapes and buildings. I also bought Claudia's 'Sketching Your Favourite Subjects in Pen and Ink' and that is just as good and although I've not read it properly yet, it doesn't appear that any (or many) of the examples are duplicated between the 2 books and it has almost an entirely different range of worked examples.
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