Ultimate Drawing Course

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The Ultimate Drawing Course

By John Raynes

Written by renowned instructor John Raynes, this all-in-one guide will have novice artists successfully drawing a range of exciting subjects in a variety of mediums. The Ultimate Drawing Course delivers clear, step-by-step guidance designed to help artists build confidence, develop fundamental drawing skills and identify their own unique styles.

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The Ultimate Drawing Course

By John Raynes

Written by renowned instructor John Raynes, this all-in-one guide will have novice artists successfully drawing a range of exciting subjects in a variety of mediums. The Ultimate Drawing Course delivers clear, step-by-step guidance designed to help artists build confidence, develop fundamental drawing skills and identify their own unique styles.

Divided into two parts, this book opens with a "Learning to See" section that illustrates the foundations of composition--shape, line, tone, texture, light and form--through examples of Raynes' work. Short practice exercises accompany each example, encouraging artists to "draw what they see." Raynes also shares special techniques for achieving numerous effects, including soft lights, shiny and rough textures, sharp-edged forms, and more.

In "Practicing Your Skills," artists will explore a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still lifes, buildings and figures, as they work through longer, more complex exercises that encourage them to flex their skills and push their creativity.

Throughout, Raynes offers proven advice for fixing and avoiding mistakes, and also explains the unique characteristics of a variety of mediums, so artists can work with them effectively right from the start.

John Raynes is a professional artist and experienced instructor who teaches art courses to students of all levels. He has written a number of highly successful books on how to draw and paint, including Drawing the Figure and Drawing and Painting People. He lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, England.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581802498
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • Publication date: 9/29/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

What is Drawing? 6
Learning to See
Introduction 10
Looking at Shapes
Cubes and Squares 12
Chairs 14
Vases and Flowers 16
Seated Figures 18
Form and Volume
Sharp Edges in Line 20
Rounded Forms in Line 22
Sharp Edges with Tone 24
Rounded Objects with Tone 26
Perspective and Structure
Vanishing Points 28
Ellipses and Cylinders 32
Teapot 34
Model Boat 36
Lawn Mower 38
Composition
Leading the Eye 40
Using Color 42
Light
Strong, Direct Light 44
Soft Light 47
Dappled Light 50
Contre-Jour 52
Texture
Wood 54
Stones and Rocks 56
Metal 58
Glass 60
Fur and Feathers 63
Fabrics 66
Water 69
Practicing Your Skills
Introduction 72
Still Life
Flowers in Vase 74
Fish and Shellfish 78
Fruit and Vegetables 82
Glass Bottles 88
Bicycle 92
Landscape
View Through a Window 96
Boats and Jetty 100
Ship in Dock 104
Gorge and River 108
Sea and Cliffs 112
Buildings
House Facade 116
Townscape 120
Interior Sitting Room 124
Uphill Street 128
Portrait and Figure
Standing Nude 132
Clothed, Seated Figure 136
Portrait Head 140
Group Portrait 144
Sketchbook 148
Lost Causes
Cutting Out and Patching 150
Extending and Obliterating 152
Framing a Drawing 154
Index 156
Acknowledgements 160
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