Sketching the Countryside: How to Draw the Vanishing Rural Landscape

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Both experienced and aspiring artists can benefit from this practical instruction book, which shows how to portray rustic settings from rural England to the American Southwest. More than 400 detailed illustrations trace the steps from composition drawings to final sketches. Author Frank J. Lohan introduces his guide: 
Artist and author Eric Sloane (1905-85) portrayed bygone rural America and its tools, structures, and way of life. He shared his honest appraisals and ...
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Overview


Both experienced and aspiring artists can benefit from this practical instruction book, which shows how to portray rustic settings from rural England to the American Southwest. More than 400 detailed illustrations trace the steps from composition drawings to final sketches. Author Frank J. Lohan introduces his guide: 
Artist and author Eric Sloane (1905-85) portrayed bygone rural America and its tools, structures, and way of life. He shared his honest appraisals and overwhelming affection for our rural heritage in more than 20 books and thousands of drawings and paintings. 
Some of the things he wrote about still exist, although each year sees the further decay and destruction of many such relics. Since my teen years, I've enjoyed drawing the textures of old barns and farm buildings and their settings in the landscape. I know I'm not alone in this delight, so the primary purpose of this book is to show how to draw such subjects (including artifacts from other countries).
Many historic outdoor museums maintain early buildings — Williamsburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just two — where you can still see and feel and savor things of the past. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486478876
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Series: Dover Art Instruction Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 663,959
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
1. Tools and Materials
   Basic Tools and Materials
   Pens and Inks
   Pencils
   Erasers
   Papers
   Working area
2. Techniques
   Basic Guidelines
   Pencil Techniques
   Pen Techniques
   Copying, Enlarging, or Reducing Using a Grid Overlay
   Transferring Your Drawing
3. Perspective Shortcuts
   About Perspective
   The Horizon
   One-point Perspective
   Two-point Perspective
   Adjusting the Vanishing Points
4. Backgrounds, Composition, and Drawing techniques
   Background and Middle Grounds
   Pairing Subjects with Backgrounds
   Creating a Center of Interest
   When to Stop Drawing
   Different Techniques: Practice Exercises
5. Drawing Rocks and Stone Walls
   Basic Structures
   The Shapes of Rocks
   On-the-Spot Sketches
   A Stone Quarry
   Foreground and Background Rocks
   Drawing Stone and Brick Walls
   Underground Stone Chamber
6. Drawing Wood and Wooden Things
   Basic Structure
   Drawing Rough-barked Trees
   Drawing Smooth-barked Trees
   Drawing a Pine Close Up
   Drawing Light Barns and Dark Barns
   Drawing Board and Batten Siding
   Drawing a Wooden Door from Different Distances
   A Stylized Approach to Drawing a Wooden Barn
7. Drawing Lakes, Streams, and Waterfalls
   Basic Structure
   Drawing a Rocky River
   Ocean Waves
   Reflections in Water
   Waterfall
   Tying it All Together in One Study
8. Sketching in the Southwestern U.S.
   Basic Structures
   Sketching an Adobe Building
   Sketching Large Rock Formations
   A Pima Indian Dwelling
   An Old Mission
   Texas Aqueduct
   Using Photographs
   The Alamo
   Abandoned Mine Railway
   An Old Arizona Farm Wagon
   Pencil Vignettes
9. Sketching Mountain Countrysides
   Basic Structures
   A Four-Tone Snowy Mountain Scene
   The Rocky Mountains Near Aspen
   Vignettes
   A Mountain Rain Forest Scene
   A Mountain Barn
   Three Studies of an Idaho Cabin
   Echo Rock, Mount Rainier
10. Sketching Rural North America
   Basic Structures
   Homestead at Cades Cove
   The Bales Place Near Gatlinburg
   The Mill at Glades Creek
   A Covered Crib at Cades Cove
   A Pennsylvania Barn
   Old Wooden Barn
   An Old Manure Spreader
   A Farmland Stream
   A Covered Bridge
   A Unique Barn
   A Wooden Mill Wheel
11. Sketching the English Countryside
   Basic Structures
   Sketching English Gardens
   Sketching English Country Churches
   Sketching Castles
   Sketching Stone Circles
   Sketching at Lee Bay
   Sketching Thatched Roofs
12. A Parting Word
Bibliography
Index
 
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