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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Art Instruction
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Ed edition (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486460487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486460482
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frankie Boy on October 28, 2008
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Guptill wrote this book early in the 20th century and it carries an illustrators overtones. However it offers clear and concise instruction in the art of pencil sketching from the basics to finer points of detail. I originally bought the book from a curiosity point of view, but, found it's practical and concise instruction very much to my liking even though the illustrations were clearly early 20th century.

Beautifully presented this is a classic in the art instruction genre.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 8, 2010
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This splendid and inexpensive book is one of a long list of "old" art manuals published by Dover, a publisher I will never thank enough for its commitment to re-publishing these wonderful volumes. Like most of such manuals, these are not step-by-step how-to manuals and if this is what you are looking for you should definitely look elsewhere. Rather, this book is a very "wordy" manual, written in beautiful and (given its age) old-fashioned English.

Keep in mind, however, that I am not really using this book as a guide, so I cannot duly evaluate its usefuleness along this important dimension. I purchased this book because I love pencil and ink and I enjoy watching and studying good artwork. In this dimension, this book is outstanding. Rather than pages and pages of simple exercises to help, step-by-step, to produce somewhat un-remarkable drawings, this book contains many examples of wonderful art by accomplished artists. There are examples of architecture, animals, landscapes and human figures. All of them a real pleasure to watch. Coupled with the interesting text and the remarkably low price, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes pencil.

If you like this book you should also check out Guptill's "Rendering in Pen and Ink", which I love even better than this one, and that for a similarly low price offers countless examples of truly awesome black & white artwork. At the time I am writing this review the "look inside" option is not yet available on Amazon for "Pencil", but it available already for "Pen and Ink". I would then check a few pages of "Pen and Ink" to have a better idea about structure and content, which is very similar between the two books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms P. Wooldridge on April 21, 2014
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I chose a five-star rating for Drawing and Sketching in Pencil because I very much like Mr. Guptill's style of drawing and his way of instructing. Mr. Guptill is very helpful and thorough when he explains why he approaches a subject in a certain way, and many times he discusses MORE than one way to get the job done. Did I say 'job'? Maybe I should have said 'achieve the end result'. This book helps a person to see that drawing and sketching is relaxing as well as productive and satisfying. For me, there is nothing negative about this book.
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