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Rendering in Pen and Ink: The Classic Book On Pen and Ink Techniques for Artists, Illustrators, Architects, and Designers Paperback – August 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 60 Anv edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823045293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823045297
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arthur L. Guptill (1891-1956) who co-founded Watson-Guptill Publications and was co-editor of American Artist magazine, was an architect, a painter, an art director, an author, and a teacher. Born in Gorham, Maine, he graduated with a degree in architecture from Pratt Institute in 1912, and then studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A partner in Bearse & Guptill, architectural designers and illustrators, from 1919 to 1925, Mr. Guptill was a freelance specialist in design, freelance advertising artist, and advertising agency consultant from 1916 to 1937. The founder, president, and director of activities of the Amateur Artists Association of America, Mr. Guptill wrote numerous art instruction books. He taught at Pratt and the Brooklyn Museum and was a member of the Art Directors Club of New York and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in England. Susan E. Meyer was born and raised in New York City. She was graduated from the University of Wisconsin and attended the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Ms. Meyer has had a long history of involvement with Arthur Guptill's work. For over seven years, as managing editor of Watson-Guptill Publications, the company he co-founded, she compiled and edited his books. In that capacity, she also compiled, edited, and collaborated on a number of other books on watercolorists and their techniques, painting portraits, and designing with type. In addition, Ms. Meyer was editor of American Artist magazine, where Guptill himself was once co-editor. She is the author of over a dozen books and is currently the director of Roundtable Press, Inc. in New York City.

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The text is clear and informative, if dated... but the illustrations!
Michael A. Thomas
If you have a desire to learn to draw with pen and ink this is the first book you should buy.
Elizabeth
I highly recommend this book for any pen and ink artist, novice or experienced.
Norell B. Mounger

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on April 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you have a desire to learn to draw with pen and ink this is the first book you should buy. It is thorough and informative. It goes into great detail about different techniques used to obtain certain effects (or textures). I refer to this book time and time again, and although my main media is not pen and ink, I cannot help but to be inspired by his lessons.
This is a fun medium and an inexpensive one. If you are truly interested in learning the ins and outs of pen and ink drawing and can only afford one book, this is the book.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2004
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Years ago, when spare time was still a reality for me, I used to draw birds and other animals in ink. I still love ink, maybe because I love the minutest details that it can express so well. The main reason why I purchased this book was not the text, and the pedagocical content, but the many splendid splendid illustrations from masters of the art. Still, I ended up also reading this book, even if I spent much more time admiring the illustrations. It is beautifully written, you immediately realize why this book has become an eternal "classic". But the illustrations, the illustrations are literally awesome. Every time I have this book in my hands I feel that I want to start drawing again. There are example of every sort, and they are all equally splendid: landscapes, portraits, architectural drawings, images of fables and monuments. Believe me, if you like ink, you will have a hard time finding a better book that this. If you would like to start drawing in ink, or if you would like to improve your technique, you will like this book even more, but the illustrations are worth the price by themselves. No wonder that all reviewers appear to agree! This book is fantastic.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jim Sprague Jr. on November 21, 1999
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This book is: 1) To the point and clear to understand. 2) Detailed with explainations for all techniques. 3) Filled with illustrations and examples cover-to-cover. I consider this to be my 'bible' for Pen & Ink. I was able to learn so much in such a short amount of time. It made my experience, excelling in this media, fun and enjoyable to go through! This is a MUST to have in your collection!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Terry MacDonald on June 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Rendering in Pen and Ink" is the most classic book on the subject. This book is an inspirational tool for beginners, architects, and professional illustrators alike. The illustrations in this guide are stunning renderings from an impressive rolodex of artists. It's a visual stunner and it's sure to add motivation, beauty, and helpful tips to your sketch-guide library.

During the book's initial publishing run the pen of choice was the quill pen. There are some modifications to be made for modern users of ball-point pens or technical pens (see also Gary Simmons' book The Technical Pen) ... but the illustrations and historical attributes of this book alone make it a truly classic reference book to have on hand.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hard cover in New Zealand in 1972 while on holiday. It was recommended to me as the very best reference book for any one interested in learning to draw in pen and ink and I have to agree with that opinion. It is full of informative 'how to's and has some terrific examples of the art including some by the brilliant author. It, and its companion volume, "Rendering in Pencil" by the same author A Guptill are the most prized possesions in my art book library. I don't lend these to anyone. I would recommend any budding artist or illustrator to aquire both of these reference books though the pencil book does not appear in Amazon's listing and may be hard to find.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shey Strickland on January 3, 2006
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This book was the very first art book I ever purchased for myself while in high school (sometime between 1976-79. I remember having to save money babysitting to get it. It's pages were magic to me. I studied it, used it to learn ink techniques all through high school and college. Sometime in the last 20 years of frequent moves and raising chidren the book was lost. Now, I am looking to purchase another one to use for teaching my own art students techniques in ink rendering. It's the only one needed and has carried me through a long art career and love in the art of using pen and ink.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Maya Papaya on September 14, 2005
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I bought Rendering in Pen and Ink, and the Technical Pen based on the reviews hoping that one of them would be good enough, and I got lucky. They are both quite good. They both seemed to be the best books on pen, and ink techniques based on the reviews. Being 60+ years old this book is a little dated comparatively. This book is geared towards a metal nib tipped pen, or calligraphy, quill style pen - if you prefer, and the technical pen is primarily a Rapidograph Pen technique book. (technical Pens) The thing is Rendering in Pen and Ink is 60+ years old, twice as thick, and in the end is about 1/2 as good as the technical pen in my opinion. It has a fair amount of ink techniques, examples, and a lot of chatter, but not much in the way of "how to" if that's what your interested in. There are some examples of hatching patterns, and plenty of them, but for the most part I'm sure you can get it in every other book. Although if you are using a calligraphy pen only. This may be the book for you even though it doesn't teach any calligraphy. On the other hand in the book The Technical Pen the illustrations and inks are up to date, there is great deal of precision detailing, and they look almost nouveau compared to the examples in Rendering in Pen and Ink. The galleries are integrated into the the technical pen, and almost used as examples of techniques that are being described, and It really draws you in. (no pun intended) It's quite inspiring when you find a good book, and as good as these old books are; some newer books can take it to a whole new level.
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