Charcoal Drawing

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A long-time favorite for sketching, charcoal is also a very expressive medium. This book teaches both the basic techniques of drawing and how to develop an "artist's eye" -- to see the essential elements and ignore the superfluous details. And because the projects advance from simple to complex, there is something for artists at every skill level.
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Overview

A long-time favorite for sketching, charcoal is also a very expressive medium. This book teaches both the basic techniques of drawing and how to develop an "artist's eye" -- to see the essential elements and ignore the superfluous details. And because the projects advance from simple to complex, there is something for artists at every skill level.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This is a comprehensive adult level drawing course that focuses on the use of charcoal as the primary media. Charcoal was probably one of the first tools human beings used to draw, literally being pieces of charred wood. This is how charcoal continues to be made today. The author is ambitious in this volume by presenting instructions for working with charcoal, but also learning how to draw in general and develop an artist's vision. Sample images of the variety of textures, strokes and tones made with charcoal and a value study, all familiarize the reading with some of the characteristics of marks made with this material. The drawing exercises are arranged by level of complexity, beginning with flowers. In three or four steps that include illustrations documenting the process, a drawing is completed. Instructions for drawing animals, landscapes, still life setups and human figures are all included. The most advanced student exercise is a six-hour portrait session. The only drawback to this well written and documented book is its relatively small format. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936309269
  • Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Artist's Library
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 723,535
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Ken Goldman teaches portrait, figure, and landscape painting at the Athenaeum School of Fine Art in La Jolla, California. He studied figure drawing and painting at the New York Studio School, National Academy of Design, and Art Students League in New York; portraiture and figure drawing with Vern Wilson of the Los Angeles Art Center; and watercolor painting with Liane Collot D'Herbois in Europe. Ken's art has been exhibited extensively and appeared in numerous magazines.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Materials 4
Basic Hand Positions 5
Textures, Lines, Strokes, and Tones 6
The Value Scale 7
Low and High Contrast in Value 8
Lost and Found Edges 9
Perspective: Cylinders 10
Perspective: Cubes and Rectangles 11
Turning Shapes into Forms 12
Organizing Forms into Compositions 13
Drawing with an Eraser 14
Stages of a Drawing 15
Flowers and Minerals 16
Iris 18
Common Sunflower 20
Egret 22
Eagle Head 24
Rhinoceros 26
Animal Portrait 28
Landscape: Three Techniques 30
Landscape: Sedona Spires 32
Architecture: Presidio 34
Still Life: Lower Eye Level 36
Still Life: Higher Eye Level 38
Portraiture and Figure Drawing 42
Anatomy for Portraiture 43
How to Copy the Masters 44
A Portrait on Toned Paper 46
Sketching 48
A Portrait on White Paper 49
Figures 50
Massing Forms 51
Figures: Warm-Ups 52
Figures: Rhythm in Line and Tone 53
A 6-Hour Pose on Large Paper 54
Foreshortening 58
Solidity 60
Less Is More: The Art of Selective Erasing 61
Semiabstractions 62
Final Thoughts 64
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