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Pencil Sketching, 2nd Edition Paperback – August 8, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471399191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471399193
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The complete, classic guide to the art of pencil sketching

Portable. Erasable. Inexpensive. No other single drawing tool is as versatile as the pencil. Through the centuries, generations of artists have used it to work out ideas, study form, and develop fundamental skills that are crucial to an artist’s training.

Pencil Sketching has taught thousands of beginners the basic principles and techniques of pencil sketching. Carefully revised to meet the needs of today’s artists, this edition features easy-to-follow instructions, dozens of new illustrations, and more–everything you need to explore the amazing potential of the pencil and learn to sketch with confidence.

  • Techniques: shading, texture, value, line, strokes . . .
  • Materials: pencils, papers, accessories . . .
  • Skills: observation, recording, composition, sketching from memory . . .
  • Subjects: trees, landforms, water, architecture, cityscapes . . .

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About the Author

Thomas Wang, MLA, ASLA, is principal of Wang Associates International, an international consulting firm specializing in landscape architecture, and planning and urban design. He has also taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I remember the first edition of this book from a few years ago. But this new edition is beautiful in and of itself - I flip through it often. But the real bonus was that it inspired me to sketch again - a skill that I haven't used frequently in the past ten or fifteen years. This one's a keeper because it showed me *how* to do it and then showed examples of how it was done by the expert. I've rediscovered my love of sketching.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Josephson on July 14, 2003
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A great book.
So many art books give long-winded descriptions of what to do, and even how to do it, yet they fail to capture the essence of what makes a drawing good. Wang concentrates on simple elements and rules of thumb, providing a wealth of wisdom in a few words and pictures.
If you're looking for long descriptions of techniques, this is not the book for you. The author quickly notes the salient points and demonstrates with sketches.
This book has beautiful drawings and covers a variety of techniques: how to hold a pencil, line, composition, values and shading, etc. The author also leads you through how to make specific elements: landforms, trees, water, and more.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. A. May on February 27, 2008
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I was recommended this book by an instructor and I was not disappointed. It focuses on physical sketching technique (great for beginners/people returning to sketching) and a casual but effective style that is perfect for quick landscape/plant sketches. Not intimidating at all!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Hunt on April 2, 2009
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As a drawing instructor and a professional sketch artist I am always on the look out for information on this topic. This book has a lot of useful information and quality art. Wang has written many good books about drawing over the years. "Pencil Sketching" is one more thoughtful effort from a very knowledgeable guy. I share his passion for making graphite marks on a "toothy" paper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tan Chia Huei on April 13, 2010
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Although not so obvi­ous from the title, Pen­cil Sketch­ing is really about sketch­ing land­scapes and archi­tec­ture. It's a pretty great book with so many great sketches that it makes you want to get out there and draw noth­ing but buildings!

In this book, Wang gives a solid overview of pen­cil use, the strokes pro­duced by var­i­ous kinds of pen­cils and dif­fer­ent grips and hand/arm move­ments for sketch­ing. What I really liked was the sam­ples and exer­cises of strokes that are use­ful for sketch­ing land­scapes and build­ings. Some might find this overly sim­plis­tic, but as a begin­ner, I thought it was useful!

In gen­eral, the book has quite lit­tle text but lots of sketches. Most of the impor­tant lessons in the book are explained through sketches; for exam­ples, how to shade to cre­ate con­trast and give the impres­sion of depth. In fact, the whole last chap­ter (all 20 pages of it) only has exam­ples of Wang's sketches. How­ever, even with­out text, the book has a lot of use­ful lessons. If you hate read­ing, this is def­i­nitely a good book for you! I, on the other hand, LOVE read­ing so I wish this book had more pages for me to read.

Read my full review with pictures on my website: [...]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Gould on January 7, 2009
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I recommend this book for any artists library and for schools that teach drawing, sketching, illustration, etc.. It deals with the topic of "Depth and Perspective" better than most sketching books I've seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brockwell on January 20, 2014
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I bought this book as a replacement for one of the first editions that I checked out of the library and damaged it. (Long story). Anyway... the second edition is better for beginners and very clear. It is helping me to start Urban Sketching which is what I wanted to do for a long time.

Great book!
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