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Pencil Drawing Techniques Paperback – April 1, 1984

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823039919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823039913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi all. I draw as a hobby and have been drawing since I was a about 10. I took drawing classes before, but when I look at my previous artwork, they really don't have the "realism" that I wanted, i.e. they look too much like cartoons. I wandered around and tried looking for some books to teach me how to obtained that photo-realistic quality with a pencil.
Flipping through this book, my jaw dropped in amazement at the examples in this book. Near the end, the illustrations of zoo animals (tigers, horses, etc) were so life-like! The artist really know how to shade. I instantly brought the book.
Let me tell you, this book is very complex and loaded with information. There are lots of text for an art book. First, the book goes over the basics of shapes and different shades of pencil lead (from hard 6H to very soft 8B, the "#2 pencil" is near the middle). Then we go over shading. The book is primarily focusing on different shading and strokes techniques in order to get that "life-like" realism in your drawing. In my personal experience, trying to obtain that level takes many hours and many practice. If you are the type who gives up easily, then this book isn't for you. Nobody said drawing is easy. Or, if you are only interested in drawing nice line-arts (and letting a computer do the rest), then this book is NOT for you as well. However, if you want to draw to the highest realism with just a pencil, then this book is worth considering.
I should also mention that a small chapter is devoted to color pencils (whereas the rest, or 90% of the book, is on graphite pencil), but I haven't bother with color yet.
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My 19 year old Son and I are using this book and find it so easy to use in training ourselves to draw. It uses great pictures along with very understandable description in teaching yourself to draw.
We, both, highly recommend this book in teaching yourself to draw.
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Pencil Drawing Techniques by David Lewis is not really a helpful book for beginners and I support the other 1 star review. This book is simply an editor's collection of sections by various artists that might have been more effective in their own book settings. For instance, the section titled drawing animals might more accurately be titled drawings of animals because very little instruction is done for "how" to draw them. Some animals simply are presented as finished drawings with no step by step drawings at all.

I already had several books by artists included here, and I would rather buy the original than excerpts. I would not have bought this book had I known its composition and will return it.
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I don't really understand why this book got so many good reviews.

Personally, I wouldnt recommend it to a beginner, for the simple reason that it lacks step by step instructions, it only features 1 to 3 pictures per examples, which IMHO is insufficient for self learning shading techniques, the section on perspective is extremely brief and not very helpful.

If you want to learn to draw, try instead the Betty Edwards workbook, and for shading techniques and creating texture, try the lifelike texture in pencil by Lee Hammond, which has more detailed instructions.

Btw, if you don't believe my review, check this book out of the library, you'll see for yourself what I mean.
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I have dabbled with pencil drawing for years. I really don't spend the kind of time I should to become really good at drawing, but I enjoy what I create. My primary need to draw is to put on paper ideas I think about to see if the idea is practical, for example building a deck. By drawing first, I can include special innovations that I can't find in pictures or drawings I find in magazines. I try to make my drawings as realistic looking a I can.
I have several drawing books that I have accumulated over the years. Many of the books follow the same outline. For example , start with the tool needed to draw, discuss shapes, discuss shading, then perspective. The books then include drawings the author created or borrowed from others. I try to copy drawings from the book to sharpen my skills.
This book had many drawings I hadn't seen before. Also the narrative by this author was somewhat different than other books I have seen. The author describes techniques in a way I haven't heard before which makes me aware of things I might otherwise miss.
I'm still reading and learning.
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I am using PENCIL DRAWING TECHIQUES in a drawing class. It is excellent in every aspect. I am using it through the guidance of an art teacher, but find it an excellent source to learn drawing, shading etc. We have used it chapter by chapter. I feel that you could teach yourself by following the illustrations in it.
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I like this book as it covers most of the basic topics in pencil drawing. As compared to other books for beginners, this book gives sufficient guidelines and examples. The only concern I have is that the examples are not very "real", not "live" enough. After all, I would recommend this book to beginners in pencil drawing.
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I love this book! I have purchased about eight drawing books and painting books in the last month and have just finished teaching the book, Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner,which is great it if you have never drawn before but it didn't go enough into detail on techniques as I would have liked so I bought Pencil Drawing Techniques as a second level book. I would not call this a book for beginning artists but it had way more detail on techniques than several of the other books I read. I have read this book thoroughly from cover to cover but have not done the exercises yet. The book covers an immense amount of topics which makes it well worth the price! Too many art books I checked out were skimpy on actual drawing instruction. It had great explanations for how to draw landscape drawings--both textures--and how to simplify or add interest to what you see so you have an interesting composition. The book has a good section on techniques at the front. The chapter on how to draw for watercoloring was the least informative, but the section how to use water color pencils was incredible! I'm a new artist so it seemed, in my inexpert opinion that the style of sketching is a little old-fashioned, but I can't wait to work through the whole book! I wouldn't call this a first book for beginners, but it's great for those who want to develop their skills more. I especially loved the part on textures for landscapes too. I am teaching an art class and was looking for a book to take us to the next level and feel that with our several months of drawing background using 'how to draw what you see' from Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, that Pencil Drawing Techiniques will fit our needs perfectly.
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