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About the Author

A professional artist and instructor for 20+ years, Lee Hammond has authored and produced 40+ North Light and ArtistsNetwork.TV products. She has owned and operated the Midwest School of Art in Lenexa, Kansas for six years and now has a studio in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches. She conducts drawing seminars, gives school lectures and mentors nationwide. Visit her website at LeeHammond.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; First Edition edition (February 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581804733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581804737
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional artist and art instructor for more than thirty years, Lee has authored more than 30 North Light books, and has appeared and contributed in over 75 publications, DVD's and video streams. She owned and operated the Midwest School of Art in Lenexa, Kansas for six years and now has a private studio in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches during summer and fall. In the winter months she lives and teaches in Naples, Florida where she is the artist in residence for the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. She is also the artist for the Friends of Florida Panther organization. She conducts drawing seminars, gives school lectures and mentors nationwide. Also a certified police composite artist in the Kansas City metro area, and Southwest Florida, she has worked with “America’s Most Wanted, and other crime related TV shows and documentaries.” A former contributing writer for The Artist’s Magazine, she has also been licensed with many of NASCAR'’s racing teams to produce art and fine art prints. Her work is seen online at www.leehammond.com.

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Format: Paperback
Lee Hammond is a good art instructor, but I must confess that some of her work is repetitive. The first book I got of hers was "How to Draw Real People." An EXCELLENT book- everything broken down and made simple. Then I got "How to Draw" Hands, Fashion Models, Animals, Sports Figure, Family, and Friends, etc. All of these books are quite the same. The first half of each book is dedicted to materials, graphing, blending, a few exercises, and then examples of her artwork. I realized that I had been wasting my money on all of those books. If you know how to blend or whatever, then you're pretty much set. However, I do suggest getting Real People, Fashion models, and Hands. If you insist on getting Hammond's books, I suggest getting "Lee Hammond's Big Book of Drawing." It's like all of her books finally being joined together to make one big dictionary of some sort. It would be a wise investment to get that instead of all of the other ones, which can become costly.
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I like this book very much.

It is very helpful on learning to draw in pencils and colored pencils (include watersoluble cp's). Subjects are people, animals and flowers. Both beginners and people who has started drawing will find it useful.

Lee Hammond describes in an easy to understand way about drawing materials, graphing photos, linedrawing, shading and the valuescale egg.

She shows many different subjects and goes specific into details on both human and animal-features : eyes, nose, hair egg. And it leads to a final drawing: a portray or an animaldrawing.

The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because; if you have some of her books already, there will be some repetition to it. (the special-books have more lessons, though).

And also I find a few of her drawings not so good (as her usual standards), but that's minor. Most are excellent.
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This is the book that really helped me! The other one I like is the old standard "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." But for practical, usable exercises that will give you immediate results, this is definitely the book to have! Since I didn't have any of Hammond's previous books, there was no problem for me with repitition of material. I love that she is very specific in naming materials and explaining why she uses certain brands of materials vs. others. If you get only one drawing book, this should be it!
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By Beks on February 21, 2006
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The book is quite awesome. I bought it just before I started taking a college art class and I find that it helps me more than the teacher does! I'm looking forward to buying more of Lee Hammond's books. I have already purchased her Lifelike Drawing and Drawing Realistic Pets: From Photographs, which are both equally awesome.
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I got this for Christmas, and have used it ever since. This is a great book, which has a lot of tips and instructions. Lee Hammond includes recommended materials, and explains their use, and different types of paper you can choose from. She goes over all aspects of drawing with pencil, both people and animals, and shows how to draw with coloured pencil. I picked up some new skills while poring through this book. I also gained more confidence in drawing with pencil crayons. I refer back to this book often, and would recommend it to anyone.
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She is one of my favorite authors on this subject. Her writing is simple and she doesn't talk you to death. It is very easy to follow all the exercises.
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I had taken a drawing class five years ago as an absolute beginner and i learned quite a bit.Sorry to say that i hadn't picked up a drawing pencil since, so i decided to buy this book as a refresher and to learn some new skills but I was so disappointed in the lack of instruction given. The drawings in this book are absolutely amazing but I feel that for a beginner or novice it is terribly difficult to break them down into simple shapes and to figure out how to layer the shading. Even though this may have been a book book of drawing it is severely lacking in important basic information and should have been made even larger to accommodate a more in-depth approach.
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THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND ILLISTRATED. FOR THE BEGINNER IT IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND FUN TO LEARN. I RECOMMEND EVERYONE THAT WOULD LOVE TO DRAW TO GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY.
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