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Just for Fun: Drawing: More than 100 fun and simple step-by-step projects for learning the art of basic drawing Paperback – May 1, 2017
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Just for Fun: Drawing
Hundreds of approachable and contemporary drawings, as well as loads of tips, instructions, and inspiration to master the art of pencil drawing in no time!
The more you draw, the more confident you’ll feel when drawing. To help you develop your skills, carry a sketchbook with you wherever you go. Use it to sketch your surroundings, or to take notes when studying objects or people. A working sketchbook is full of errors, first-tries, and scribbles, but no matter what – keep drawing! This is the key to help you draw every day and make progress.
The Art of Basic Drawing
You’ve always dreamed of learning how to draw. You’re in awe of people who know how to draw because they make it seem like magic. But there’s no magic to drawing. All it really takes is patience, a desire to learn, and a whole lot of dedication.
Drawing is exercise for your eyes. You’re interested in this book because you want to learn how to draw, but first you must learn how to see. Because if you see properly, and if you ask yourself the right questions, drawing is a lot easier.
Drawing an animal means playing with moving shapes and depth. In order to represent the animal accurately, try to identify its character. Observe its habits and postures. By drawing an animal in a typical position, you’ll make it easily recognizable and create the impression of catching a fleeting moment. This will make your drawing come to life!
Drawing people is simpler than it seems. When perspective, curves, lines, movement, and attitude all come together, that is when your character comes to life. Don’t worry about perfect proportions at first. As you progress, your drawings will become more realistic. Then you can free yourself from reality and reinvent, distort, and change things as you please.
Although they don’t move by themselves, plants are alive and flexible. That’s why it’s important when drawing living things to let your lines breathe. Often in a landscape, a single detail will catch our attention. It’s these details that help create a dynamic overall picture that tells a story.
Drawing Static Subjects
Even a subject that looks complex can be drawn from simple, basic shapes. The three basic geometrical shapes are square, triangle, and circle. The three-dimensional equivalents are cube, pyramid, and sphere. Any other shape is a mix of the three. Begin a drawing by using one of the basic shapes, or join shapes together to create something more complex.
About the Author
Lise Herzog graduated from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 1999. She has worked as an illustrator for Nathan, Milan, Martinière Jeunesse, and Editions Ouest-France. She has collaborated with the educational programs of various Strasbourg museums and now lives in France. Noted for her travel books, she has also illustrated a variety of books for both adults and children, including Marché de Saison, 1001 Secrets de Chats, as well as several books from the series “Secrets of …” (Paris, Secrets de Parisiens, Provence, Secrets de Provençaux, Bretagne, Secrets de Bretons) for Prat Éditions.
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I'd recommend this as a good beginner artist book for tweens and teens (or older). It's done in a style that should keep a younger person interested, but it also taught some basics found in adult drawing books. So we learn how to draw basic shapes--in perspective--and how to add simple texture and shading.
The book began by describing what drawing tools to use, and you can start out with as little as a common pencil and a sheet of computer paper. Other tools were described, but you don't have to start fancy. We then get the step-by-step "add a circle here and here, combine the shapes, add some texture" instructions. These usually involved four steps that were easy to understand and weren't complex to draw.
We're taught to draw animals like cats, big cats, dogs, wolves, rabbits, horses, cow, and birds. There were brief descriptions on how to draw people standing and in motion, the parts of the body, and clothing. And we learn to draw nature in part (like a tree, flower, or water) or as a whole landscape drawing. The finished drawings should look recognizable without being complex to draw.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Author: Lise Herzog
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
Pages: Arts & Photography
Sub-Genre: Hobbies; Crafts; Drawing
Reviewed For: NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
Rating: 5 Stars
I love drawing and actually coloring in pictures. Although I will never be a Picasso or Rembrandt I always try to learn new techniques. Living objects have always a problem for me and other than a few caricature-like efforts my dogs, horses, etc. needed help dreadfully. Lize Herzog has managed to give instructions that are easy to understand to improve budding artists talents like mine.
If you too want to learn how to draw beyond the stick figure stage, then you may want to check out Just for Fun: Drawing. It contains simple to follow, step by step instructions with plenty of illustrations to keep you on tract. Perfect for beginners or someone who just wants to improve their abilities to draw certain objects such as trees or cats.
My rating of Just For Fun - Drawing is 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you Netgalley for this book.
More than 100 fun and simple step-by-step projects for learning the art of basic drawing
by Lise Herzog
This is an incredible drawing book for beginners like me. I just ordered this book! It has so many step-by-step projects for so many wild animals, domestic animals, body parts, and flowers/trees. With just starting with simple shapes, from there instructions lead to a complete drawing. This is a beginner's book. This is a great starter book to get someone going and show them they can do it and really make art! LOVE it! Thanks NetGalley,Quarto and Walter Foster Publishing for letting me read this great book!