Drawing: Landscapes & Vistas: Learn to draw an assortment of outdoor scenes-step by step

Drawing: Landscapes & Vistas: Learn to draw an assortment of outdoor scenes-step by step

by Diane Cardaci


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From basic drawing techniques to tools and materials, this guide instructs the reader on how to draw a variety of beautiful landscape subjects, using a combination of drawing media such as pencil, charcoal, and ink. Drawing: Landscapes & Vistas features instructions on rendering natural textures, capturing mood and perspective, and creating minute details of the natural world. Learn to create your own landscape drawings through a series of step-by-step projects designed to get you started in this ever-popular subject area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600583032
Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Series: How to Draw & Paint Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 572,887
Product dimensions: 13.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Diane Cardaci was classically trained at the Art Students League of New York City, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts. Her passion for both realism and nature led her to start her professional art career working as a Natural Science Illustrator in New York City, where she specialized in medical and natural science illustrations. Her work has been published by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as by major textbook companies such as Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. After studying portraiture with nationally acclaimed artists such as Nelson Shanks and John Sanden, commissioned portrait work soon became an important part of her artwork. She is a signature member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and has contributed writing for the organization's publications. Diane is also a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Illustrator's Partnership of America.

Read an Excerpt

By taking out the element of color and relying instead on just the pencil to craft a beautiful landscape, you can focus on the foundations of any great work of art—form, value, and design. Your greatest challenge in drawing a landscape is to not become distracted by the details, such as the leaves or blades of grass. Rather, stay faithful to the size, shape, and proportions of the major components of the scene. In the pages that follow, I will show you how to develop a landscape, from starting very simply to building up the forms and adding texture. As you follow along, I encourage you to allow your own special drawing style to develop naturally. —Diane Cardaci

Table of Contents

Tools & Materials
Pencil Basics
Drawing Techniques
Approaching the Drawing
Focusing on Shapes
Building the Framework
Creating Texture
Combining References
Creating a Realistic Drawing
Adding the Details
Closing Thoughts

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