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Sketching and Drawing (First Step Series) Paperback – September 15, 1995

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These three drawing books offer quite different approaches, but only one can be recommended without qualification. Johnson's Sketching and Drawing is for the absolute beginner who may have little confidence and be intimidated by art. Through extremely basic lessons, Johnson guides one from putting a first scribble on paper to completing scenes that incorporate blending, shading, perspective, and color. Because she overemphasizes her belief that anyone can draw, even someone who can't manage a straight line, the result of her instruction is an assemblage of scribble lines that are very rough sketches at best. Nevertheless, some aspiring drawers could benefit from this approach. Capon's Drawing Techniques, though, is the most extensive compact drawing manual available. In 80 pages, Capon, a British author of a number of books on art and craft techniques, gives clear advice on materials and step-by-step exercises in a variety of drawing media. Her inspiring examples in nature, architectural, figure, still life, and abstract drawing are well chosen. While its small size and good binding make it suitable for carrying into the field, the book may leave some wanting more than its one or two pages on each topic. Woods provides the next logical step with a much more comprehensive and better-organized drawing course. The student is led by a congenial teacher through 25 lessons that are practical, enjoyable, and challenging. The former director of a British art school, a widely exhibited artist, and the author of five books, Woods demonstrates a remarkable ability to impart his gift in this highly recommended manual.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st edition (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891236155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891346159
  • ASIN: 0891346155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book appealed to me in its straight forward manner of presenting drawing to a beginner. Johnson has a chatty way of explaining her techniques that makes the excercises fun to do. She has included a broad spectrum of subject matter including animals, buildings, people, etc. I found the book easy to follow and very helpful and would recommend it for any artist's library.
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By A Customer on January 22, 2002
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This book is not really a drawing instruction, but it has a lot of practical tips. It's easy to follow, pictoral and it contains no wordy explanation which will confuse the readers even before they begin to draw!)
The writer gave examples of 'loose drawing' in various themes, a good start for drawing from life.
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This is an excellent book for absolute beginners who are not sure if they can draw a ballon on a string but want to. It is a very easy read that encourages you to pick up paper and pencil and start drawing now. The instructions are simple to follow and include technique for drawing that I have found missing in other titles. I just wish it were longer/covered more techniques AND included "other stuff" like how to keep your sketches from smearing in your sketch book, care of pencils, composition, etc. I suppose if it covered everything it wouldn't just be a "First Steps" book.
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This is a great beginning book for anyone regardless of skill set or experience. Cathy takes you through the basics, describes why you don't need hard drawing skills to start out, and introduces you to the concept of recording your interests through writing and sketching. I own a few of her books and like her approach to tackling things-it's very "get going and do it." Nicely illustrated with pictures, examples, and how-to comments, the book is more than enough to get you started. You just need to be interested.
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By H. De Boer on November 29, 2012
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Exactly what I expected, hoped and needed! Finally I drew a daffodil that didn't need a card with explanations on it..... Lol
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Cathy Johnson did an excellent job with this insightful, inspirational, instructive book! She makes it very clear that ANY body can sketch and draw - even if they used their toes or their lips to hold the pencil or brush! Her sketches and instructional texts are the best I've even seen in this genre. This book is great for both young people and those not-so-young. It's a keeper, to be sure!
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This is a very good book. Not a new book, but Cathy Johnson was and is a very good artist and teacher. This book is primarily for beginners, however I think everyone can pick up some great drawing ideas. Good things to practice. There are loads of examples and they are well described through text and actual drawings. There is a good variety of subjects too from the usual supplies to simplifying shapes, textures, specifics on trees, landscapes,flowers etc. She also shows how to add a bit of color. I would recommend this book. It is out of print, so maybe difficult to buy in the near future.
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Good instructions for detail on lots of different subjects, nature, animals, structures, people. Very well done
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