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|Author||: Brian Curtis|
|Editor||: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages|
Perceptual drawing, in which one renders the physical world as it appears to an observer, is the focus of this new text for the introductory drawing course. With an emphasis on progressive skill development, Drawing from Observation offers a balanced mix of hands-on technique and perceptual theory while making a compelling argument for the long-term value of studying perception-based drawing...
|Author||: Jean Van't Hul|
|Editor||: Shambhala Publications|
Bring out your child’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 artful activities in this completely revised and updated edition Art making is a wonderful way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage creative activities for ages one to eight. From setting up a studio space in your home to finding the best art materials for children, this book gives you all the information you need to get started. You’ll learn how to: * Pick the best materials for your child’s age and learn to make your very own * Prepare art activities to ease children through transitions, engage the most energetic of kids, entertain small groups, and more * Encourage artful living through everyday activities * Foster a love of creativity in your family
|Author||: Tessa Newcomb,William Packer|
|Editor||: Lund Humphries Publishers Limited|
On New Year's Day 1986, encouraged by her dealer Andras Kalman, artist Mary Newcomb, then aged 64, began to keep a diary. She wrote in its opening pages: "I wanted [...] to remind ourselves that--in our haste--in this century--we may not give time to pause and look--and may pass on our way unheeding." This beautiful new book, compiled by the artist's daughter and grandson, reveals Mary Newcomb as an acute observer of her surroundings, reproducing her copious sketches alongside more finished paintings and short diary extracts to draw out the many themes which preoccupied her throughout her career as an artist. Mary Newcomb's world was rural East Anglia, where she managed a small mixed farm with her husband Godfrey Newcomb. The working life of the countryside engrossed her quite as much as the cycle of nature: she noticed and relished everything, with as keen an eye for the color of the bridesmaids' dresses at a wedding as for the yellow and brown of a dragonfly's body. Mary's daughter Tessa Newcomb, also an artist, introduces the key themes of the book with short texts which provide fascinating insight into her mother's world. A reflective introductory essay by art critic William Packer considers Mary Newcomb's written diary observations alongside the poetic language of her art.
|Author||: Stuart Elliot|
Drawing the Nude presents an exciting approach to drawing the human body. Divided into three parts, on structure, anatomy and observation, it introduces a set of principles and develops a treasury of ideas for the artist to follow. Whilst recognizing the importance of observation, it focuses more on a conceptual understanding of the construction of the body in anatomical terms. In doing so, it encourages the cultivation of more informed observation and accommodates those who work from memory, imagination and invention. Contents: the drawing of elementary forms that can then be distorted, transformed and combined, leading on to compound forms; explains the use of light and shadows to express form; explains the gesture of the figure through short drawings that analyse the flow of movement through the body; studies the musculo-skeletal form and provides a set of tools for analysing its parts; uses direct and concise drawings, alongside images of digital sculptures of human anatomy; gives practical instruction relevant to both the novice and the experienced figure artist, as well as those working within the visual effects and game industries.Superbly illustrated with 199 images that include digital sculptures of human anatomy and concise drawings.
|Author||: Joseph Podlesnik|
|Editor||: Tempe Digital|
Observational Drawing by Joseph Podlesnik is a practical guide to the basic language of drawing. Written in a clear style, this textbook explores both intuitive and analytical approaches to drawing. The book employs a highly visual design with numerous illustrations and contemporary drawings that connect theory with practice. Observational Drawing has been written for anyone interested in the essential role of drawing in the visual arts. The book provides useful insight for beginning students and practicing professionals alike. Drawing from observation is a vital skill for any creative field, including fine art, graphic design, advertising, illustration, animation, and interior design. Observational Drawing is an essential addition to any art and design library. TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 – Drawing Chapter 2 – Media Chapter 3 – Mechanics Chapter 4 – Mindset Chapter 5 – Gesture Chapter 6 – Line Chapter 7 – Contour Chapter 8 – Sighting Chapter 9 – Geometrics Chapter 10 – Value Chapter 11 – Space Chapter 12 – Motif
|Author||: Mariko Higaki|
|Editor||: Rockport Publishers|
Learn to draw by sketching what surrounds you everyday. In Observational Sketching, author Mariko Higaki—an ISDA Gold Award–winning industrial designer based in Japan—teaches you how to practice and learn to sketch by using well-established observational techniques. Perspective, proportion, lines, shapes, shading, and many other techniques can be learned through everyday practice and observation of the items you come in contact with everyday, from a backpack to your sunglasses. This book addresses how to approach sketching a range of shapes and materials and how to disassemble each object to accurately capture its unique design elements. Inspiration and examples from the author and other well-known artists accompany a variety of projects that you can try right away and skill-building projects that will strengthen your talent. Find within: An introduction to observational sketching The basic concepts and tools used in observational sketching Observation techniques Illustrated step-by-step instructions for creating observational sketches of 20 common objects, from a alarm clock to a wooden stool Hone your artistic skills with this daily sketching practice. Whether you are an urban sketcher or an industrial designer, this books should be part of your reference collection.
|Author||: Kelly Chorpening,Rebecca Fortnum|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
The first university-level textbook on the power, condition, and expanse of contemporary fine art drawing A Companion to Contemporary Drawing explores how 20th and 21st century artists have used drawing to understand and comment on the world. Presenting contributions by both theorists and practitioners, this unique textbook considers the place, space, and history of drawing and explores shifts in attitudes towards its practice over the years. Twenty-seven essays discuss how drawing emerges from the mind of the artist to question and reflect upon what they see, feel, and experience. This book discusses key themes in contemporary drawing practice, addresses the working conditions and context of artists, and considers a wide range of personal, social, and political considerations that influence artistic choices. Topics include the politics of eroticism in South American drawing, anti-capitalist drawing from Eastern Europe, drawing and conceptual art, feminist drawing, and exhibitions that have put drawing practices at the centre of contemporary art. This textbook: Demonstrates ways contemporary issues and concerns are addressed through drawing Reveals how drawing is used to make powerful social and political statements Situates works by contemporary practitioners within the context of their historical moment Explores how contemporary art practices utilize drawing as both process and finished artifact Shows how concepts of observation, representation, and audience have changed dramatically in the digital era Establishes drawing as a mode of thought Part of the acclaimed Wiley Blackwell Companions to Art History series, A Companion to Contemporary Drawing is a valuable text for students of fine art, art history, and curating, and for practitioners working within contemporary fine art practice.
|Author||: Rob Walker|
"A handsome, beautifully produced compilation of meditations and exercises to inspire us to find joy and expand the ways we engage with the people and places, the objects and tasks we encounter in our everyday lives"--
|Author||: Shari Tishman|
Slow Looking provides a robust argument for the importance of slow looking in learning environments both general and specialized, formal and informal, and its connection to major concepts in teaching, learning, and knowledge. A museum-originated practice increasingly seen as holding wide educational benefits, slow looking contends that patient, immersive attention to content can produce active cognitive opportunities for meaning-making and critical thinking that may not be possible though high-speed means of information delivery. Addressing the multi-disciplinary applications of this purposeful behavioral practice, this book draws examples from the visual arts, literature, science, and everyday life, using original, real-world scenarios to illustrate the complexities and rewards of slow looking.
|Author||: Ian Simpson|
|Editor||: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company|
Describes drawing as the process of interpreting in two dimensions the three-dimensional world, and presents sketches illustrating diverse styles and techniques
|Author||: Mark Linley|
If you can write your name, you have enough touch to learn to draw. Let Mark Linley inspire you to pick up your pencil and create a magical masterpiece. His positive approach secures quick, accurate results and ever-growing confidence. Learn to look properly and get the basic outlines correct; include the key features but simplify what you see; understand how shading (such as dot stipple or cross-hatching) can transform a sketch; get the eye level right and see how a grid helps with the composition. Whatever you want to draw - a beautiful holiday scene, a lifelike portrait of your family or favourite pet, or even a funny cartoon to illustrate a birthday card - Mark Linley shows, in this new edition of his bestselling book, everything you need to succeed.
|Author||: Chair of the Drawing and Printmaking Programs Deborah Rockman|
Ideal for introductory studio art courses in drawing, Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation, Fourth Edition, explains clearly and in depth the essentials of depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface, focusing on the cultivation of observational skills, increased sensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials. The text is appropriate for use in all levels of drawing classes, from introductory to advanced levels, as well as for figure and life drawing classes.
|Author||: Omar W. Nasim|
|Editor||: University of Chicago Press|
Today we are all familiar with the iconic pictures of the nebulae produced by the Hubble Space Telescope’s digital cameras. But there was a time, before the successful application of photography to the heavens, in which scientists had to rely on handmade drawings of these mysterious phenomena. Observing by Hand sheds entirely new light on the ways in which the production and reception of handdrawn images of the nebulae in the nineteenth century contributed to astronomical observation. Omar W. Nasim investigates hundreds of unpublished observing books and paper records from six nineteenth-century observers of the nebulae: Sir John Herschel; William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse; William Lassell; Ebenezer Porter Mason; Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel; and George Phillips Bond. Nasim focuses on the ways in which these observers created and employed their drawings in data-driven procedures, from their choices of artistic materials and techniques to their practices and scientific observation. He examines the ways in which the act of drawing complemented the acts of seeing and knowing, as well as the ways that making pictures was connected to the production of scientific knowledge. An impeccably researched, carefully crafted, and beautifully illustrated piece of historical work, Observing by Hand will delight historians of science, art, and the book, as well as astronomers and philosophers.
|Author||: M. Usman,John Davidson|
|Editor||: Mendon Cottage Books|
Table of Contents Preface DRAWING CONCEPTS Chapter # 1: The Concept Behind The Art Of Drawing Chapter # 2: Drawing Techniques (a.) Observational drawing (b.) Memory drawing (c.) Imagination drawing Chapter # 3: Sketching THE RELEVANCE OF DRAWING AND COMMON MISTAKES Chapter # 4: Usefulness Of Drawing Art Kindles brain development Assists in problem solving Generates earnings Brings people together Enables one to love learning and be creative Develops one’s confidence Alleviates stress It acts as a means of communication It is a form of leisure activity Chapter # 5: Common Drawing Mistakes Being afraid of shading dark Using the wrong pencil to draw Using the wrong paper for drawing Having the wrong drawing proportion Drawing pets from your eye level Aligning the facial feature Pencil lines Chapter # 6: How to improve your drawing skills Drawing repeatedly Look at other drawings Draw from other drawings Keeping a sketchbook Draw from existing photographs Taking drawing classes Creative Drawing Tips BASIC DRAWING THEORIES Chapter # 7: Understanding basic drawing presumptions Know How To Hold A Pencil Draw what you see Draw often Chapter # 8: Steps Of Simple Observational Drawing Chapter #9: Steps Of Memory Drawing Chapter #10: Drawing From Imagination Conclusion About the Author Publisher Preface Drawing is an art where images are produced. Drawing can be all about creativity. Drawing is one major form of expression within the visual arts. Drawing is often explanatory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem solving, and composition. Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression with evidence for its existence. There are many reasons as to why people draw: satisfactions being one of the reasons, the satisfaction people get when they see your painting of them, the satisfaction they get and the satisfaction you get when you see them happy for that painting you have made, it’s like giving of a gift to the ones you love. Drawing is a workmanship or method through which one produces images on a surface, in most cases the surface is usually a paper plane. For one to ace the art of drawing, time as an investment is required, as there are numerous drawing lessons that one needs to learn. In order to love this art, you need to make drawing a part of your day to day routine. So many individuals believe that for one to be a flawless drawer, the skill ought to be characteristically inborn or hereditary. However, this isn't usually the case; drawing can and ought to be for everyone, it is a skill that can be practiced by anyone. Anybody can draw, as long as you have the desire and will to at least try. All you need to do is to be educated on the vital drawing rules and regulations in order for you to ace this lovely craftsmanship.
|Author||: Stuart Elliot|
|Editor||: Crowood Press|
An inspirational guide to understanding the human form, this reference book will help artists to draw more compelling and informed nudes This is an exciting approach to drawing the human body. Divided into three parts, on structure, anatomy, and observation, it introduces a set of principles and develops a treasury of ideas for the artist to follow. While recognizing the importance of observation, it focuses more on a conceptual understanding of the construction of the body in anatomical terms. In doing so, it encourages the cultivation of more informed observation, and accommodates those who work from memory, imagination, and invention. Explanations are provided on the use of light and shadows to express form, as well as the gesture of the figure, through short drawings that analyze the flow of movement through the body. There are also instructions on how to begin with elementary forms that can then be distorted, transformed, and combined, leading to compound forms, and information on the musculo-skeletal form, while also providing a set of tools for analyzing its parts. Superbly illustrated with nearly 200 images, including digital sculptures of human anatomy and concise drawings, this book gives practical instruction to both novice and experienced figure artists, as well as those working within the visual effects and game industries.
|Author||: Margaret Colquhoun,Axel Ewald|
|Editor||: Art & Science|
Here are fresh ways of seeing nature on a journey through the seasons with observation and drawing exercises. Simple observation exercises interwoven with inspiring illustrations invite you 'to see' with a fresh pair of eyes. This opens a door onto a new way of practicing Science as an Art, using the holistic approach of Goethe.
|Author||: Deborah A. Rockman|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press, USA|
Ideal for introductory through advanced studio art courses in drawing, Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing, Third Edition, thoroughly addresses drawing techniques that are the most significant at the foundational level: basic drawing, figure drawing, and perspective drawing. Award-winning artist, teacher, and author Deborah Rockman explains clearly and in depth the essentials of depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface, focusing on the cultivation of observational skills, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials. Over 550 instructive illustrations enhance the narrative--from old masters to contemporary works, and many student works--offering a wealth of examples for instruction and inspiration. Classroom tested and proven, this new edition builds on the strengths of its predecessors, incorporating additional pedagogy and examples, and updates to address the changing world of twenty-first century studio art.
|Author||: Patricia Wynne|
Whether scribbling out a quick sketch with minimal detail, or making a finished portrait where every silky hair and polished whisker stands out, the best cat artists can capture the very essence of feline-ness. How do they do it? Firsthand observation of cats will tell you a lot about the way they sit, yawn, position their tails, and curl up to sleep, but it won't tell you how to get those things down on paper. Classic Sketchbook: Cats is the second in a series of instructional books that began with Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals. The series shows how it's done by looking at details of museum-quality works, then coaching readers through the techniques with the help an expert's suggestions. In this case the expert is Patricia Wynne, a noted illustrator with a specialty in animals. Wynne will guide you through fur, paws, and eyes, as well as cats sleeping, playing, or pouncing. Her unique instructions places a close-up of a drawing or painting by a noted artist like Gauguin, Chardin, Gwen John, and Theodore Steinlen on the left side of the page. And on the right side of the page Patricia Wynne coaches you with detailed, step-by-step drawings, that illuminate the process.