Rediscover the joy of sketching and drawing. This beautifully illustrated book is an indispensable compendium of essential know-how and stimulating projects. Both inspirational and practical, the book includes over 200 tips and step-by-step techniques organized to help you build on each skill you learn. The expert advice and tried-and-true techniques that fill these pages have been gleaned from the authors more than 30 years of experience. Beginners can follow processes step-by-step, while more experienced artists can dip in and out for help with specific problems or to get some fresh ideas. "Try it" and "fix it" panels placed throughout the book suggest ways to practice and develop new skills and avoid or correct common mistakes.
Learn how to:
- Use lines, contours, and shading to create subtle and dramatic effects
- Use household materials to save money
- Pick the right pencils, pens, crayons, paper, sketchbooks, and other equipment to suit your projects
- Choose interesting subjects
- Design captivating compositions
- Use essential techniques such as crosshatching, scumbling, smudging, and using lost edges
Each topic, self-contained in a one- or two-page spread, is fully explained and illustrated with photographs and more detailed diagrams where helpful. Advance your artistic understanding, dexterity, and ingenuity with the over 200 secrets included to help you practice the skills youve learned. Open these pages and uncover a love affair with drawing and sketching.
Donna Krizek is a National Honor Society member and scholarship alumna of the American Academy of Art, Chicago. For this international artist with over 30 years experience out in the field, sketching, drawing, and painting have become an activity as natural as breathing. From animals to portraiture, landscape to architecture, Donna has been bringing inspirations and visions, her own and of others, onto the page for her entire life. Collections include U.S. Department of the Interior, National Agriculture Museum, and Hall of Fame, American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.