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Art of drawing : the complete course
Uniform Title:
Fundamentos del dibujo artístico. English
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NC730 .F8613 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC730 .F8613 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NC730 .F8613 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC730 .F8613 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC730 .F8613 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NC730 .F8613 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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From achieving those first professional strokes to mastering composition, lighting, and color to finishing beautiful still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, here, in one volume, is a course that covers every skill a developing artist needs. Inspiring and instructive images vividly reveal the intricacies of techniques such as shading, tone, contrasts, stumping, contouring; depth effects, and more. Guided drawings include a charcoal of a nude, landscape on gray tone paper, and still life with chiaroscuro.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Knowing Your Materialsp. 8
Drawing by Fictionp. 10
Graphite: Line, Control, and Propertiesp. 12
Charcoal: The Oldest Mediump. 16
Tone Techniques with Charcoalp. 20
Artists' Chalks: Warm and Opaquep. 24
Sanguine: A Classic Mediump. 28
The Blending Stump: Many Possibilitiesp. 32
The Eraser: A Very Versatile Toolp. 36
Colored Pencils: A Love for Detailp. 40
Pastels: Drawing or Painting?p. 44
Different Drawing Papers: Different Characteristicsp. 48
Liquid Techniques: Brushes and Inksp. 50
The Wash: A Range of Tonesp. 52
Brush Effectsp. 56
Inks: Strokes and Effectsp. 58
Washes: Effects and Techniquesp. 62
Beginning Stepsp. 64
Achieving a Professional Strokep. 66
Training the Handp. 68
Basic Strokesp. 70
Automatic Drawingp. 72
Techniques to Improve Pencil Controlp. 74
Lines, Spirals, and Gradationsp. 76
Creating Volume in Drawingsp. 78
Hatching: Possibilities and Combinationsp. 80
Rings: Three-Dimensional Formsp. 84
Pointillism: A Divisionist Techniquep. 86
Gestural and Outline Drawingp. 88
Drawing Proportionatelyp. 90
Strokes and Profilesp. 92
A Linear Landscape: Controlling the Strokep. 94
A Theme: Selection and Compositionp. 96
Factors in Selecting a Themep. 98
Composition and Blocking In Shadowsp. 100
Using Perspective in the Preliminary Outline Sketchp. 104
Calculating Proportionsp. 108
Drawing with Gridsp. 112
The "Lorrain Method:" Harmony in the Compositionp. 114
Point of View: Transformations in the Modelp. 116
Composing Outline Sketches: Balancing the Imagep. 118
Balance and Rhythm: A Visual Orderp. 120
Light and Atmospherep. 124
Tonal Techniquesp. 126
Shadingp. 128
How to Shade: Stains, Tones, and Hatchingsp. 132
How to Control the Quality of a Shadingp. 134
Dividing Areas: Controlling Shadowsp. 136
The Importance of Tonal Gradationp. 138
Tonal Backgrounds: Drawing on Colored Paperp. 140
Contrasts and Volume Effectsp. 142
Blocking In and Modelingp. 144
Light and Ambiance: Illuminating the Atmospherep. 148
Chiaroscuro: Maximum Contrasts between Light and Shadowp. 150
Blending Techniquesp. 152
Sfumato: Smooth Contoursp. 154
How to Use a Paper's Texturep. 156
Correcting without Erasingp. 158
Depth Effects in Drawingp. 160
Perspective: Basic Notionsp. 162
Drawing with Atmospheric Perspectivep. 168
The Coulisse Effect: Successive Planesp. 170
A Contrasted Foregroundp. 172
Color Drawingp. 174
Colored Pencil and Pastel Drawingp. 176
Conventional Techniques with Pastelsp. 178
How to Mix Colorsp. 182
Colored Pencil Techniquesp. 184
Mixing with Hatching: The Optical Effects of Colorp. 186
Feathering and Whitening Techniquesp. 188
Scratching and Sgraffitop. 190
Step by Stepp. 192
Drawing a Nudep. 194
A Still-life with Sanguinep. 198
Erasure Technique: Drawing Highlightsp. 200
A Landscape on Gray Paperp. 202
An Interior with the White-on-White Techniquep. 204
The "Three Color" Technique: Drawing with Pictorial Qualitiesp. 208
The Blending Stump Technique: Just a Blurred Stainp. 212
A Landscape with Chalk Powderp. 214
Sketching with a Charcoal Pencilp. 216
A Still-life with Chiaroscuro Effectsp. 218
White Chalk Highlights: An Explosion of Lightp. 222
A Landscape with Graphitep. 224
A Flower with Abundant Water, Fluidity, and Sinuosityp. 226
An Interior Patio in Washp. 228
A Rural Landscape in Washes and Linep. 230
Metal Point Drawing: Texture and Hatchingp. 234
The Reed Pen and Its Effectsp. 236
Drawing on Colored Paper with White and Black Inksp. 238
A Still-life with Colored Inksp. 240
Controlling the Line: Hatchingp. 242
A Dog with Colored Pencilsp. 246
A Girl in Watercolorp. 248
The Dry Pastel Technique on a Tonal Backgroundp. 250
An Urban View with Oil Pastels on a Tonal Backgroundp. 252
Indexp. 254