Pencil Sketching / Edition 2

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Overview

The complete, classic guide to the art of pencil sketching

Portable. Erasable. Inexpensive. No other single drawing tool is as versatile as the pencil. Through the centuries, generations of artists have used it to work out ideas, study form, and develop fundamental skills that are crucial to an artist’s training.

Pencil Sketching has taught thousands of beginners the basic principles and techniques of pencil sketching. Carefully revised to meet the needs of today’s artists, this edition features easy-to-follow instructions, dozens of new illustrations, and more–everything you need to explore the amazing potential of the pencil and learn to sketch with confidence.

  • Techniques: shading, texture, value, line, strokes . . .
  • Materials: pencils, papers, accessories . . .
  • Skills: observation, recording, composition, sketching from memory . . .
  • Subjects: trees, landforms, water, architecture, cityscapes . . .

and more!

Clearly explains the fundamental principles of pencil sketching and provides helpful examples of essential techniques on nearly every page. "Wang broadens the perspective of those practicing this technique. . .--Booklist. Illustrated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471399193
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 703,913
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Wang, MLA, ASLA, is principal of Wang Associates International, an international consulting firm specializing in landscape architecture, and planning and urban design. He has also taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE IX

1. INTRODUCTION 1

2. MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT 7

Pencils 7

Papers 13

Accessories 17

3. TECHNIQUES 19

Holding the Pencil 19

Pressure 23

Movement of the Hand 27

Lines and Strokes 31

4. SKETCHING 37

Introduction 37

Observation and Recording 39

Landscape Sketching 41

Trees 43

Trees in the Foreground 51

Trees in the Background 52

Landforms 55

Water 59

Architecture 63

Sketching the Cityscape 67

5. COMPOSITION 71

6. SKETCHING FROM MEMORY 85

7. EXAMPLES 91

INDEX 113

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Enlightening and Very Educational

    We live in a visual society and in my opinion, communicating ideas visually by learning how to sketch, is an important skill for everyone. This book transcends others on the same subject because it explains how to practice technique and over time improve, the technique itself.

    For example, Prof. Wang explains and shows you the different ways of holding a pencil to produce different lines, tone and contrast. He explains how to choose paper for sketching though any will do; how to isolate subjects in a scene in order to detail them and effectively communicate what you've seen, both presently and previously, versus making visual notes to yourself. This revised version really makes sense and the process clear. I recommend it too for architecture and engineering students in to supplement their studio courses, art students, hobbiests, and anyone else who wants to teach themselves how to make meaningful sketches. With elegant simplicity, this book teaches you how to get started.

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