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Pencil Drawing Techniques Paperback – April 1, 1984
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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.
We, both, highly recommend this book in teaching yourself to draw.
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.
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.
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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“Pencil Drawing Techniques” edited by David Lewis
This is a very straightforward instruction book covering a wide range of useful topics and I find myself coming back... Read more
Decent book but I prefer Lee Hammond's big book of drawing.Published 2 months ago by Maureen McDowell
I recommend this book for anyone looking for answering questions about shading, reflections, values and much more! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not as expected. I wanted a book that broke down basic concepts in a fun and interesting way.Published 5 months ago by bornoo1
got here pretty fast. Getting a lot of useful information out of it.Published 7 months ago by thebigp219