200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills

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Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts. The author advises on setting up a proper workspace and assembling the needed ...

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Overview

Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts. The author advises on setting up a proper workspace and assembling the needed materials—everything from sketchpads and paints to affordable computer software. Chapters that follow present themes and related projects that instruct readers in
• The basics of line art for illustration and lettering
• Understanding color and tone and using color media
• Texture in art
• Spatial relationships and perspective
• Creating shapes and relating them to other elements of composition
More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate art principles and practical techniques, and show students how to apply what they are learning in a wide range of media.

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"beautifully and profusely illustrated—It teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts."

• —The Education Digest, November 01, 2008

• "This fascinating book will appeal to serious students of art, casual hobbyists, and anyone curious about the how and why behind a variety of artistic techniques. Written with art students in mind—The dynamic layout is filled to the brim with illustrations, and the project ideas will stimulate creativity and encourage experimentation."

• —Heidi Dolamore, School Library Journal, February 2009

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This fascinating book will appeal to serious students of art, casual hobbyists, and anyone curious about the how and why behind a variety of artistic techniques. Written with art students in mind, it includes a section on putting together a portfolio and examples of art-school applicants' sketchbooks and portfolios. The text takes a do-it-yourself approach to learning a full complement of basic and intermediate techniques. Colston gathers examples and prescribes an assortment of observation exercises and projects that explore such concepts as shadow, distortion, mood, and collage. Each mini lesson stands on its own, so readers can choose from projects that catch their interest. Instructions are clear and brief, and concepts are grouped around the themes of line, color, texture, and form. The author covers an assortment of media, but most of the techniques and exercises focus on drawing and painting. Readers looking for in-depth explanations of particular techniques won't find step-by-step guidelines in exhaustive detail, but Colston does a good job of providing an overview of the fundamentals and introducing a wide range of techniques. The dynamic layout is filled to the brim with illustrations, and the project ideas will stimulate creativity and encourage experimentation.-Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764138119
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Aspire
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 276,016
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Colston has created an art resources Web site for parents, teachers, and students, and has taught art history, humanities, and graphic design both online and at several schools across the U.S.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    Great on ideas, not so much on content.

    This book has lots of ideas but not very many ways to execute them.

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