Children's Literature - Kristin Harris"The Art of Drawing" series of manuals introduces art students to the tools and materials artists use for drawing; in this volume specifically pencils, charcoal and Conte crayons. Numerous pages are devoted to understanding drawing basics like hatching and cross-hatching with many examples of combinations of lines for shading. The value of blind contour drawing and gesture drawing are detailed with examples of each. Drawing figures requires a solid understanding of anatomy and sixteen pages of anatomical diagrams provide a good overview of the human body. Faces and full bodies are the focus of the remainder of the book with most drawings being diagramed in four or five steps. Foreshortening and specific body parts such as hands, feet and lips that are particularly challenging get extra attention. Composition and working from a variety of angles are important considerations in creating a successful drawing. The illustrations are in black and while since the focus is primarily pencil and charcoal drawing tools. These books are written for adults but can easily be used by kids who only need to follow the steps of the illustrations to develop their drawing skills.
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