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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Art Instruction
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048642605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486426051
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A practical course in pen and ink drawing, this helpful guide includes a comprehensive survey of the best pen work in existence. A wide diversity of styles are presented―from loose sketches to rich, engraving-like studies. Works from all periods include drawings by such masters as Dürer, Holbein, Doré, Gibson, Rackham, Pyle, Beardsley, and Klinger.
An opening chapter presents the evolution of pen drawing, while subsequent sections allow readers to select topics in self-contained units on line technique; the use of materials, drawing the figure, face and hands; humorous illustration; pen drawing for advertisers; fashion drawing; and landscape and architectural illustration.
An excellent reference for students, this book will also help illustrators and commercial artists further develop their own styles.
Unabridged Dover (2003) republication of The Art of Pen Drawing, originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1927.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2006
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This little, inexpensive book is a paperback republication of the 1927 "The art of pen drawing". It is, then, a bit quaint, but in a good sense. It is the kind of art guide that nobody writes any longer: very well written, witty, entertaining, a bit "aristocratic". Not just one of the many, dry, step by step art books that are way too common nowadays. On the other hand, this also means that as a guide this book is not really too useful, especially for beginners.

The MANY illustrations are awesome and worth more that the book's price by themselves. It will be a very welcome companion on my bookshelves to the "bigger" and even more impressive Guptill's "Rendering in pen and ink", which you really want to own if you like ink. It's a pity that there are so little art books out there with good collections of ink art, which I truly love.

I am really happy I purchased this little precious paperback. Highly recommended if you love ink.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christy Steele on June 29, 2006
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Before I bought this book I had absolutely no experience in ink drawing, but had always wanted to try it out. Upon receiving this book I began reading it and checking aout all the different drawings in the book. I have been practicing a lot and I found this book very helpful in explaining different techniques that help to make your drawings more realistic. i would definitley recomend this book to anyone wanting to learn to draw with ink as alternative to pencil drawing. I personally find ink drawing much more enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Martin on February 26, 2009
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Of the numerous books I've read on the subject, this is by far the worst. It's basically 200 pages of the repeatious advice to study the work of the great masters - but don't copy their technics or styles, just develop your own. The illustrations found in this book are so small, you literally need a magnifying glass to study most of them.
If you are looking for some instruction in how to develop your own composition, technics, or style, you'll find books like "Rendering In Pen and Ink," or "The Technical Pen" much more beneficial. Both have numerous full page illustrations of works by the "masters". If you're a beginner, or simply want to doodle, I would recommend some of Clauda Nice's books.
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This is a good review of pen drawing, but the pens and materials mentioned are much out of date. The drawings in the book are excellent, but they are rather small. A larger book would have made viewing the drawings easier. It is difficult to appreciate the illustrations when they are so small. On one page the author places several pictures, smaller than postage stamp size, next to one another to show the different styles of the artists. This is a great idea, but with the size being so small a lot is missed.

The text is good, and it does explain a lot about pen drawing; however, the artists mentioned are gone and it isn't easy to show modern styles (1970 forward for example) when the book itself is from early in the 20th century. The text also explains how to get a job in illustration; but this advice is ancient and the magazines it speaks of are no longer around. Too bad, because they were great magazines.

A good book with a lot of good advice on illustration with pen and ink; however, a lot of it is out of date and the size is too small to make really good use of the drawings shown.
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