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Title:
The creative drawing course : [how to develop spontaneity and style]
Author:
Taylor, Richard S.
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Publication Information:
Newton Abbot : David & Charles, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Subtitle from cover.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780715314494
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This fun, easy-to-follow book is designed to help readers draw better than ever before while simultaneously having fun and developing their individual drawing styles. Richard Taylor utilizes easy-to-follow exercises, useful tips and inspiring images to help them: -Acquire sound drawing skills by learning how to observe asubject properly-Work loosely and spontaneously, freeing themselves of tight, rigid drawing habits-Experiment with new techniques and play with abstract shapes to produce pictures that owe little to their points of originIt's all the instruction readers need to build both their drawing skills and confidence, step-by-step.


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Booklist Review

A trio of lavishly illustrated how-to books for artists at all stages who are interested in improving basic skills. Those seeking to master the combination of watercolor, one of the most demanding and unforgiving of techniques, with other media, will find in Watercolour Plus . . . a series of full-color, step-by step explorations into multimedia projects, including outdoor scenes that mix watercolor with soft pastel chalks, gouache (available in various opacities and degrees of permanence), pen and ink, oil pastels, and collage materials. Listings of required materials and techniques (graduated tones, sidestrokes, resists, and more) precede each project, maximizing readers' chances of success. Artist Parks claims that even beginners can draw faces realistically by perceiving proportions and accurately rendering, via facial mapping, the features that make one face distinct from another. In Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces, the author isolates individual features for detailed examination, using many black-and-white drawings to illustrate a range of techniques. Her useful and far-ranging discussion of materials includes an evaluation of pencils' graphite grades, kneaded and electric erasers, blending tools, and papers. Observation-based drawing skills are the foundation of Taylor's Creative Drawing Course, which provides a thorough discussion of line, tone, shape, form, and shadowing, with clear instructions well enhanced by black-and-white and full-color illustrations. After exploring the properties of different papers, Taylor concentrates in the second section on the visual and physical energies used in the act of drawing. Finally, he combines observation skills with the energized approach to "direct drawing," a fear-free, immediate reaction to the subject at hand. --Whitney Scott


Library Journal Review

Until now, there was only one book on drawing that this reviewer wholeheartedly recommended: Ian Simpson's Drawing School: The Complete Course. It is truly comprehensive, approachable, and reasonably priced. Rodwell's new Drawing: A Complete Course deserves a place on the shelf alongside Simpson's volume. Rodwell takes us to the fingertip level, down close to the paper to see exactly how to achieve the myriad effects possible with pencil, charcoal, pastels, color sticks, markers, and fiber pens. From macro (drawing from a photo of a New York street scene) to micro (the edge of a steel pen against Fabriano paper), Rodwell is unsurpassed in teaching drawing, and his landmark book should find a wide and enduring audience. In contrast, Taylor's Creative Drawing Course is a good shorter manual, with a fine chapter on developing spontaneity and style, while Wiseman's Drawing Solutions offers a brief overview of the art-not, as the title implies, a book on solving specific drawing problems. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.