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Start Sketching & Drawing Now: Simple techniques for drawing landscapes, people and objects

A complete course for the can’t-wait-to-get-started beginner!

Got the urge to draw? What are you waiting for?! Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3 with Grant Fuller‘s Start Sketching & Drawing Now! Packed full of easy and fun techniques, readers will learn to create accurate and expressive likenesses of people, animals, landscapes, and objects. Suddenly rendering even something as mundane as an electrical plug will become an adventure in seeing—and as you’ll discover, learning how to really see your subject is half the battle.

  • A progressive series of lessons range from proven exercises for developing hand-eye coordination, expressive line work and keen powers of observation, to creating the illusion of depth and dimension, realistic textures, reflections and more
  • 30 step-by-step demonstrations cover an exciting range of subjects, including still lifes, landscapes, architecture, animals and people
  • Graphite pencil is the featured medium, but charcoal, pen & ink, colored pencils and pastels are also explored

Practice is important, of course, but this expert instruction will fast forward you past many hours of trial, error and frustration. With every lesson you’ll develop skills and confidence. Get started today with simple materials you may already have or can easily pick up at any major retailer. Before you know it, you’ll be able to capture a wide range of subjects with artistic style and vision.

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3 comments to Start Sketching & Drawing Now: Simple techniques for drawing landscapes, people and objects

  • Port Wynn "Yankee"

    Refreshing and Fun Great Book…but not for someone straight out of the school of, “I can’t draw a straight line.” FYI, neither can many people who draw, and often it isn’t necessary…..you will learn this here, and it will help you grow greatly over time. It is a fun place to “refresh” rusty skills and remind ourselves why drawing is so very good for us and so much fun. Drawing becomes a meditation practice that you share with the world…even if you only draw in a personal journal. I want to make clear that this IS a book that you want on your shelf. There are so many drawing books out there, that selecting one is like trying to find a cookbook that isn’t written in a foreign language, when you’re overseas. Many “How to’s,” on the market can be confusing, often boring,or poor choices, not really written for beginners. This is NOT one of them. This is a “Keeper.” You’ll need a bit of guidance first for which I would suggest either of these two. “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” by Betty Edwards or Claudia Nice’s latest, “How to See, How to Draw.” The great thing about this is that it’s available on Kindle Fire and I love what it brings to the table. It eases you in…..then you are ready for this one. I started with the 1st edition of Edward’s and learned quickly, but I also had a teacher using it. Claudia’s is very beginner friendly. I would have given this book 5 stars except that it drops a rank beginner in too quickly and without a bit more prep you may not appreciate it as much. IF However, you have played a bit with a pencil on your own…Jump in right here. You may still want to get the other two, but this will be a good beginning. It will help you to refine a bit at stage one. There will be other pencil artists that have their own personal favorites for beginners. But I’m going to add this one to my list. Latter on, after you’ve tasted this book, take a peak at Phil Metzger’s “Pencil Magic,” or Ferdinad Petrie’s, “Drawing Landscapes in Pencil.” Enjoy it all with gusto. Marvel at the magic in you.

  • william sharp

    Start Sketching & Drawing Now: Simple techniques for drawing landscapes, people and objects Start Sketching & Drawing Now: Simpl This is a fun book to draw from. I like to use this book when I want to do some practice with drawing objects and working with my inking or line weight. It has some very good ideas to get you to step outside and draw items you see outside your door. I mainly draw people, so this book helps me from getting bored and gives me different ideas to keep my skills up. If you don’t use them you will lose them. This is diffidently a book to check out. William Sharp

  • Mariano Iannuzzi "Mariano"

    Very good and clear material This is a nice book for beginners like myself. The exercises are clear although the quality of the images on the Kindle edition is very bad.I like the drawing and the teaching style; but as whit most art books this may not be for everyone.

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