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Keys to Drawing
Bert Dodson - Aug 15, 1990 (first published in 1985)
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Anyone who can hold a pencil can learn to draw.In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system--fifty-five "keys" that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you're a beginner.These keys, along with dozens of practice exercises, will help you draw like an artist in no time.You'll learn how to:Restore, focus, map, an...
Perspective Made Easy
Ernest R. Norling - Jan 19, 1999 (first published in 1939)
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Perspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book — the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective — remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved.Beginning with clear, co...
How to Draw What You See
Rudy de Reyna - Jan 01, 1996 (first published in 1972)
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The 35th anniversary edition of the classic how-to book that has helped millions of artists learn to draw.When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill's best-seller list--and it has remained there ever since. "I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them--realistically," wr...
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
Andrew Loomis - May 31, 2011 (first published in 1943)
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The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered among artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style.His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered, and Figure Drawing is the first in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returning these classic ti...
Drawing the Head and Hands
Andrew Loomis - Oct 25, 2011
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The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered amongst artists - including the great American painter Norman Rockwell and comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style. His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered. Drawing the Head and Hands is the second in Titan's ...
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)
Mark Willenbrink - Nov 02, 2006
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This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all--from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective ri...
Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner
Claire Watson Garcia - Jul 03, 2018 (first published in 2003)
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This revised 15th anniversary edition of the bestselling beginning drawing book updates art and text examples to include new student pieces, up-to-date materials, and additional sections on drawing in 3D and travel sketching, along with refreshed and contemporary design....
Framed Ink
Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers
Marcos Mateu-Mestre - Aug 31, 2010
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The ultimate guide to visual storytelling! How to make the audience "feel" the story while they are "reading" the story. Using his experiences from working in the comic book industry, movie studios and teaching, Marcos introduces the reader to a step-by-step system that will create the most successful storyboards and graphics for the best visual co...
The Drawing Lesson
A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw
Mark Crilley - Jul 05, 2016
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An instructional art book in narrative graphic novel form that uses the tale of one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor to impart easy-to-follow lessons on the fundamentals of drawing.With over 10 million views and growing, Mark Crilley's YouTube drawing instruction videos have an enormous worldwide legion of fans and have been featured ...
Light for Visual Artists Second Edition
Understanding and Using Light in Art & Design
Richard Yot - Jul 16, 2019
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This introduction to light for students and visual artists explores the way light can be used to create realistic and fantastical effects in a wide range of media. Divided into three parts, the clearly written text explains: the fundamental properties of natural and artificial light; how to create realistic images by observing people and the enviro...
The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides
Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames
How to Draw by Scott Robertson
Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis
Pop Manga by Camilla D'Errico
Step-By-Step Drawing Book by Fiona Watt
Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art by Steven Cummings
Drawing People by Barbara Bradley
A Foundation Course in Drawing by Peter Stanyer
Doodle Adventures by Mike Lowery
Traveling With Your Sketchbook by Joyce Ryan
The Master Guide to Drawing Anime by Christopher Hart
You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler
Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley by Mark Crilley
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Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book by Ed Emberley
The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan
Classic Human Anatomy by Valerie L. Winslow
The Skillful Huntsman by Khang le
Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart
Human Anatomy for Artists by Eliot Goldfinger
Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks
The Manga Fashion Bible by Christopher Hart
Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures by J. C. Amberlyn
Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids by Jeanette Nyberg
How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps by Lulu Mayo
Designing Creatures and Characters by Marc Taro Holmes
Learn to Draw and Paint by Curtis Tappenden
Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet