Drawing Basics

ISBN-10: 0495006289

ISBN-13: 9780495006282

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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Description: Solidly grounded in a student-friendly learning process, DRAWING BASICS provides a thorough yet simple approach to drawing from observation by breaking down the process into basic elements and essential disciplinary practices. Through a series of carefully structured Basic Drawing Exercises students develop progressively more complex skills that provide a strong foundation in drawing from observation and set the stage for future development of personal expression. Student examples provide inspiration and motivation and offer attainable goals.

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List price: $48.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/7/2006
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 144
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Jacklyn St. Aubyn teaches drawing and painting at New Mexico State University. She lives and works in Las Cruces, New Mexico and exhibits her work professionally.

Preface
Groundwork
Philosophy and Purpose
Emphasis on Your Learning Process
The Importance of Limiting What Is Taught
Basic Drawing Skills
Emphasis on Still Life
The Illustrations
Organization
Basic Skill
Basic Drawing Exercises
Refining Your Skills
Sketchbook Exercises
Drawing Critiques
How to Use This Book
Be Positive and Not Overly Self-Critical
Follow All Directions Carefully
Spend a Sufficient Amount of Time on Each Drawing
Learn from Others
Basic Materials
Basic Materials for Chapters 2-6
Basic Materials for Chapters 7-11
The Drawing Environment
Work Area
Next Step
Seeing
Drawing the Outlines of Shapes
Focusing on the Visual Relationships of Shapes
Drawing the Rectangle of the Picture Plane
Basic Drawing Exercise 1
Refining Your Skills
Line Quality and Its Importance
Benefits of Not Erasing
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercise 1
Patience
Looking Carefully and Drawing Slowly
Looking for Variety in Shapes
Drawing Shapes in Relation to Each Other
Basic Drawing Exercise 2
Basic Drawing Exercise 3
Refining Your Skills
Composition and Touching the Edges of the Picture Plane
Improving the Quality of Lines
How to Correct When You Can't Erase
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercises 2 and 3
Positive Shapes and Negative Spaces
Focusing in a Different Way
Keep Your Attention on the Negative Spaces
Basic Drawing Exercise 4
Refining Your Skills
Filling the Entire Picture Plane with Shapes
Maintaining a Slow Drawing Pace
The Importance of Seeing Negative Spaces
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercise 4
Structure and Texture
Looking Closely at Structure and Texture
Basic Drawing Exercise 5
Basic Drawing Exercise 6
Refining Your Skills
Positioning Objects with Composition in Mind
Looking at Lines and How They Function
Maintaining a Slow Pace
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercises 5 and 6
Spatial Depth and Texture
Looking Closely to Differentiate Textures and Shapes
Basic Drawing Exercise 7
Basic Drawing Exercise 8
Refining Your Skills
Ordering a Detailed Composition
Creating a Variety of Textures with Line
A Shifting Field of Positive and Negative Spatial Relationships
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercises 7 and 8
Value
A Personal Approach to the Medium
Development of the Drawing Surface
Materials
Seeing Value Relationships
Basic Drawing Exercise 9
Local Value
From General to Specific
Benefits of Beginning with a Ground
Taking Advantage of the Materials
Basic Drawing Exercise 10
Refining Your Skills
Develop the Drawing in Layers
Be Aware of the Surface of the Drawing
Create a Full Spectrum of Values
Define Edges of Shapes with Care
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercise 10
Volume and Depth
Building Complex Value Relationships
Creating Volume with Value
External Light Source and its Affect on form
Value Shifts at the Edges of forms
Value Shifts on the Surface of forms to Describe Texture
Basic Drawing Exercise 11
Basic Drawing Exercise 12
Refining Your Skills
Use Charcoal in a Personal and Effective Way
Be Aware of the Drawing Surface
Develop Balance in the Composition
Observe the Complexities in Light and Shadow
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercises 11 and 12
Perspective
Creating Perspective Through Observation
The Importance of a Fixed Point of View
Making and Using a Viewfinder
Choosing a Vertical Line to Use as a Reference Point
Value as it Relates to Shadows
Instructions for Beginning the Basic Drawing Exercises
Basic Drawing Exercise 13
Basic Drawing Exercise 14
Refining Your Skills
Understanding the Concept of a Fixed Point of View
Vertical Constant and the Skill of Making Comparisons
Using the Edges of Your Paper
Using Value in Shadow Areas
Using Value to Define the Forms of Shapes
The Importance of Drawing What You See
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercises 14 and 15
Developing Expression
Luminosity in Drawing
Range of Four Values in Drawing
Black-and-White Drawing
Drawing Surface
Reduced Values
Depiction of Depth with Value
Basic Drawing Exercise 15
Basic Drawing Exercise 16
Basic Drawing Exercise 17
Refining Your Skills
Simplify Use of Value
Be Aware of the Drawing Surface
Abstraction and Personal Expression
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercises 15, 16, and 17
Using Gesture Drawing
Gesture Drawing
Eye-Hand Coordination
Developing Distinct Marks
Basic Drawing Exercise 18
Refining Your Skills
Working Rapidly
Directional Lines
Drawing Surface
Unique Quality of Marks
Sketchbook Assignment
Drawing Critique
What Are the Objectives?
How Do You Determine If the Objectives Have Been Accomplished?
Questions to Ask Yourself When Discussing Drawings for Exercise 18
Conclusion
Critiques
Glossary
Suggestions on Further Reading
Index
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