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Sketching and Drawing (First Step Series) Paperback – September 15, 1995

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These three drawing books offer quite different approaches, but only one can be recommended without qualification. Johnson's Sketching and Drawing is for the absolute beginner who may have little confidence and be intimidated by art. Through extremely basic lessons, Johnson guides one from putting a first scribble on paper to completing scenes that incorporate blending, shading, perspective, and color. Because she overemphasizes her belief that anyone can draw, even someone who can't manage a straight line, the result of her instruction is an assemblage of scribble lines that are very rough sketches at best. Nevertheless, some aspiring drawers could benefit from this approach. Capon's Drawing Techniques, though, is the most extensive compact drawing manual available. In 80 pages, Capon, a British author of a number of books on art and craft techniques, gives clear advice on materials and step-by-step exercises in a variety of drawing media. Her inspiring examples in nature, architectural, figure, still life, and abstract drawing are well chosen. While its small size and good binding make it suitable for carrying into the field, the book may leave some wanting more than its one or two pages on each topic. Woods provides the next logical step with a much more comprehensive and better-organized drawing course. The student is led by a congenial teacher through 25 lessons that are practical, enjoyable, and challenging. The former director of a British art school, a widely exhibited artist, and the author of five books, Woods demonstrates a remarkable ability to impart his gift in this highly recommended manual.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st edition (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891236155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891346159
  • ASIN: 0891346155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cathy Johnson, sometimes known as Kate, has worked as a naturalist, writer, and freelance artist for the past 30 years, and was staff naturalist and contributing editor for Country Living magazine for 11 years. She is a contributing editor to the Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic and has had a regular column in Personal Journaling magazine, where she wrote on a subject she feels passionately about -- realizing the importance of creativity in our lives. She has written and illustrated -- her own work and that of others -- for a number of national magazines, including Science Digest, Harrowsmith Country Life, Sports Afield, Country Journal, Muzzlelader, Women's History, Early American Life, Sketchbook, Woodworker, Woman's Day, Threads, Mother Earth News, National Wildlife Magazine, Sierra and others. Her writing and artwork have been included in a number of nature anthologies and art books.



She has written and illustrated 34 books, and contributed to a number of others, working with a variety of national publishing houses. Those include North Light/F&W, Time/Life, Sierra Club, Random House, Scholastic, Globe Pequot Press, Gibbs-Smith Publisher, Tehabi, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Walker Publications, Prentice-Hall Press, Penguin, Stackpole and others.



Many of these books have been published in editions overseas, as well, in Russia, Japan, Holland, France and England.



In 1993, she founded her own small publishing company, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, which primarily offers books of interest to the reenacting community or others interested in history and material culture.



Her paintings are included in a number of private and corporate collections in this country and abroad, including Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO; F&W Publications/North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH; Early American Life Magazine, Harrisburg, PA; The Kansas City Life Insurance Co., Kansas City, MO; and Newcomers Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.



Her original jewelry has also found its way overseas, to Scotland and Great Britain, and is included in the Images of the Archetype Collection in Glasgow, Scotland..



Her green man and fantasy paintings and sculptures are currently in a one-woman show online at http://www.greenmanreview.com/gallery-kate/index.html.



She is a longtime member of the Author's Guild and the Costume Society of America. She was chosen Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Burroughs Audubon Society in l987, and won the Thorpe Menn Award for Creative Writing (AAUW) for The Naturalist's Cabin; Constructing the Dream (Viking Penguin) in 1992.



Her website is http://cathyjohnson.info

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "jleftie" on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book appealed to me in its straight forward manner of presenting drawing to a beginner. Johnson has a chatty way of explaining her techniques that makes the excercises fun to do. She has included a broad spectrum of subject matter including animals, buildings, people, etc. I found the book easy to follow and very helpful and would recommend it for any artist's library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
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This book is not really a drawing instruction, but it has a lot of practical tips. It's easy to follow, pictoral and it contains no wordy explanation which will confuse the readers even before they begin to draw!)
The writer gave examples of 'loose drawing' in various themes, a good start for drawing from life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Edwards on July 22, 2008
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This is an excellent book for absolute beginners who are not sure if they can draw a ballon on a string but want to. It is a very easy read that encourages you to pick up paper and pencil and start drawing now. The instructions are simple to follow and include technique for drawing that I have found missing in other titles. I just wish it were longer/covered more techniques AND included "other stuff" like how to keep your sketches from smearing in your sketch book, care of pencils, composition, etc. I suppose if it covered everything it wouldn't just be a "First Steps" book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. De Boer on November 29, 2012
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Exactly what I expected, hoped and needed! Finally I drew a daffodil that didn't need a card with explanations on it..... Lol
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Nagle on January 3, 2007
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Good instructions for detail on lots of different subjects, nature, animals, structures, people. Very well done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m on October 15, 2011
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I loved this book - it was exactly what I was looking for. The author is very helpful & covers the topic well. There are lots of examples & information. I would recommend it for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly on July 12, 2013
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This is a great tool for learning to draw. I recommend this as amust for your library and well worth the money.
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By Carol Lagrow on July 9, 2012
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This is a very good book. Not a new book, but Cathy Johnson was and is a very good artist and teacher. This book is primarily for beginners, however I think everyone can pick up some great drawing ideas. Good things to practice. There are loads of examples and they are well described through text and actual drawings. There is a good variety of subjects too from the usual supplies to simplifying shapes, textures, specifics on trees, landscapes,flowers etc. She also shows how to add a bit of color. I would recommend this book. It is out of print, so maybe difficult to buy in the near future.
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