- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307987183
- ISBN-13: 978-0307987181
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10 inches
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"A solid understanding of drawing is a must for artists and books introducing the basics abound, but Gury’s latest goes several steps further. In its pages you will find an overview of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials and key techniques. And, alongside step-by-step demonstrations, there are reproductions of the finest master drawings from the 15th century to the present."
—Artists and Illustrators Magazine
"Al Gury has taken a lifetime of experience as an artist and teacher, and distilled it into an engaging exploration of drawing from every possible perspective. Foundations of Drawing takes the reader from the personal to the historical, from techniques to the aesthetic, and then ties it all together with in-depth drawing demonstrations. This book is the perfect companion for anyone interested in understanding drawing from A to Z."
—Ross Lance Mitchell, Director of Barnes-de Mazia Education and Outreach
About the Author
AL GURY chairs the painting department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he also teaches drawing. Gury exhibits his work at the F.A.N. Gallery and has shown at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and numerous other galleries and museums around the country. He is the author of Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting and Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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This book would make a great tool for art teachers.
Drawing is a wonderful way to express how you see an object, a person, scenery or anything your eye sees. This book is a good feel to it since it gives you detailed information and sketches and at the same time let's you see things with your own eyes and then put it on paper. No two pieces of drawing will be exactly the same since everyone puts their own touch on the work. Mr. Gury gives some wonderful history and the eras of art that have emerged through time. He shows you the different choices there are out there in tools, mediums, and papers. He shows how to use different methods on shading according to different locations and times of the day. The book has some wonderful pictures in it to go with the history of drawing. I was extremely interested in the portrait drawing part of the book along with the different mediums you can use along with the correct papers for doing it. He gives you choices, He doesn't tell you that a certain one is the only right one to use. This book is for everyone, whether you are a beginner or one who has been drawing for a long time. The history alone is well worth the read. It would be perfect to put with your art books on your shelf as a reference book when you get stuck on a variety of issues in drawing. If you are just beginning this book gives such a variety of information along with examples of how to go about achieving your ended piece. I especially liked the step by step instructions on portrait drawing. SO if you have had a desire to draw beyond doodling, then expand on that doodling with help from this guide. This is the book for good instruction along with wonderful history of drawing and art.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
Typically when I choose a drawing book I am looking for tips on how to improve my drawing and practice ideas. However I was pleasantly surprised by the historical information this book provided. I learned a lot of interesting facts I was not aware of. The book contained wide variety of full color reproductions of art work.
The book does go into detail on the technical aspect of drawing. Explaining different techniques and proving tips. However, I would have liked more step by step illustrations to practice on your own. I am a beginner so I was only able to complete two lessons.
There is a lot of knowledge to be gained from reading this book. The artwork displayed is very enjoyable. The detailed description of drawing tools is helpful for the beginner. But the technical drawing instructions are geared more towards the experienced artist.
Foundations of Drawing is not a "how to" book, with step-by-step instructions or a flourish of happy trees. Instead, Gury has compiled a resource which discusses the essential elements to drawing: art history, art mediums, materials and tools, skills and techniques, aesthetics and various subject matters (e.g. still lifes, architecture, portraits and figure drawing).
As such, I found this to be a good
at-a-glance' resource for understanding the building blocks of drawing. It is like Elements of Style for artists, but with a lot more naked people. I knew a lot of the 'art history' portion of this book already, but the section on drawing materials was quite informative as a resource for understanding different drawing mediums & instruments (e.g. pen, pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels, crayons, brush and paints, mix media). The section on techniques also has great information on how to achieve certain effects in various medium, and in composing drawings.
The book is full of illustrations, demonstrating a variety of styles and techniques (as shown from the cover). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in honing their craft as an artist and learning about various styles. Beginner artists may wish for a more step-by-step manual, but this would still be a good resource to have around. I give it four stars. - ★★★★
Notice of material connection: I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review
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