Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner

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Based upon the author’s own successful workshops, Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner helps new artists create competent, often eloquent drawings. A series of progressive lessons demonstrates such essential skills as recording edges, creating dimension, adding accuracy, developing value, balancing compositional elements, and drawing the human face, both frontal and profile views. Step by step, readers learn how to create a reasonable likeness of an object and give it spatial depth using such simple ...

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Overview

Based upon the author’s own successful workshops, Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner helps new artists create competent, often eloquent drawings. A series of progressive lessons demonstrates such essential skills as recording edges, creating dimension, adding accuracy, developing value, balancing compositional elements, and drawing the human face, both frontal and profile views. Step by step, readers learn how to create a reasonable likeness of an object and give it spatial depth using such simple black-and-white mediums as pens, pencils, charcoal, and graphite wash. Inspirational examples and tips for success from beginning students who have worked on the same material confirm readers’ successes, and allow readers to consider the advice and impressions of others at the same level.

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This is simply the best beginners' drawing book available. Garcia gently teaches how to see like an artist and then leads the student from creative exercises (recording shapes upside down), through "turning edges into objects," and finally to detailed still life and facial drawings. Garcia is an instructor at the respected Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, where she has perfected her teaching methods for some 20 years. She re-creates a classroom setting within the book by including artwork by and tips for success from beginning students who have worked on the same projects. Highly recommended as a prelude to Jenny Rodwell's volume for advanced students, Drawing: A Complete Course. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823013951
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 258,861
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.97 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Watson Garcia is a faculty member at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT. Her “Absolute and Utter Beginner” courses and workshops geared toward beginning artists have been popular for 20 years. She lives in Ridgefield, CT.

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As you add values to your sketches, they will gain a sense of dimension and weight. They may look less like fleeting impressions and more like solid objects, especially at a distance. The more time you spend adding visual information to your drawing, the closer you get to creating a study. The name itself implies that the artist has spent time closely observing the object. This scrutiny may result in more substantial, solid-looking drawings, with more detail and refined technique. The major differences between sketch and study are that in creating a study, more time is spent at a slower pace, adding a greater amount of detail, with more refined value application

Take Your Time
Many beginners wonder if they're taking too long. It's not how long you take; it's how long the drawing takes. Just stay with it until it feels and looks finished— to you. 
If your sketches are developing into studies, or you'd like them to, add the following points to your drawing approach. For creating a study:
-Slow your pace.
-Break up contour lines into smaller overlapping lines.
-Keep your pencil in closer contact with the paper surface.
-Fill in values with greater precision.
-Add more detail.
-Evaluate each area more frequently. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Highly Recommended

    Despite the titile, this is not merely a book for the absolute beginner. It contains valuable techniques and tools for artists at many levels. And unlike many beginner books, which tend to focus only on looking for shapes within objects, this book, through many techniques, really shows you how to 'see like an artist.' A very complete drawing course!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Super!

    Great resource for both those learning to draw and those who already have some experience.

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