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200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
     

200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills

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by Valerie Colston
 

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Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design,

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Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts. The author advises on setting up a proper workspace and assembling the needed materials--everything from sketchpads and paints to affordable computer software. Chapters that follow present themes and related projects that instruct readers in

  • The basics of line art for illustration and lettering
  • Understanding color and tone and using color media
  • Texture in art
  • Spatial relationships and perspective
  • Creating shapes and relating them to other elements of composition
    More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate art principles and practical techniques, and show students how to apply what they are learning in a wide range of media.

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the Publisher

    "beautifully and profusely illustrated â?¦ It teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts."

    The Education Digest, November 01, 2008

    "This fascinating book will appeal to serious students of art, casual hobbyists, and anyone curious about the how and why behind a variety of artistic techniques. Written with art students in mindâ?¦ The dynamic layout is filled to the brim with illustrations, and the project ideas will stimulate creativity and encourage experimentation."

    —Heidi Dolamore, School Library Journal, February 2009

    School Library Journal

    Adult/High School

    This fascinating book will appeal to serious students of art, casual hobbyists, and anyone curious about the how and why behind a variety of artistic techniques. Written with art students in mind, it includes a section on putting together a portfolio and examples of art-school applicants' sketchbooks and portfolios. The text takes a do-it-yourself approach to learning a full complement of basic and intermediate techniques. Colston gathers examples and prescribes an assortment of observation exercises and projects that explore such concepts as shadow, distortion, mood, and collage. Each mini lesson stands on its own, so readers can choose from projects that catch their interest. Instructions are clear and brief, and concepts are grouped around the themes of line, color, texture, and form. The author covers an assortment of media, but most of the techniques and exercises focus on drawing and painting. Readers looking for in-depth explanations of particular techniques won't find step-by-step guidelines in exhaustive detail, but Colston does a good job of providing an overview of the fundamentals and introducing a wide range of techniques. The dynamic layout is filled to the brim with illustrations, and the project ideas will stimulate creativity and encourage experimentation.-Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764138119
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    03/01/2008
    Series:
    Aspire
    Pages:
    128
    Sales rank:
    445,974
    Product dimensions:
    8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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    Meet the Author


    Valerie Colston has created an art resources Web site for parents, teachers, and students, and has taught art history, humanities, and graphic design both online and at several schools across the U.S.

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    200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    echo1946 More than 1 year ago
    This book has lots of ideas but not very many ways to execute them.