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The Complete Book of Drawing [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Barrington Barber
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Book Description

30 Dec 2009
Drawing is one of the UK's most popular hobbies. Anyone can learn to draw with practice and sensitive instruction. Inspirational because it is a practical and comprehensive course showing clearly visible and attainable progress. Over 450 original drawings a thoroughly professional course. A new practical art book that combines the finest of two existing bestsellers - The Fundamentals of Drawing and Advanced Drawing Skills. With a little persistence and patience, anyone can learn to draw, and with the help of this book they can learn to draw very well. The subjects covered in the book make it entirely comprehensive, and the informative and helpful text works very well with Barrington Barber's specially devised and inspirational illustrations. The aim throughout is to help readers discover and develop their own unique drawing style. What does an artist need to know about drawing? And what has to be mastered in order to achieve the drawings you want? In this beautiful book Barrington Barber shows you, offering advice and tips he takes you through the various stages. From object drawing and still-life composition, the natural world and portraiture, to looking at form and shape, and assessing styles and techniques, The Complete Book of Drawing is a distillation of the many skills that the aspiring artist needs to develop. As Barrington Barber knows from his many years of both teaching and practising art, it is crucial for you as an individual to find your own style and way of doing things. And, uniquely among practical art books, this is what The Complete Book of Drawing provides, by revealing new possibilities and enabling you to look at the world around you with fresh eyes.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (30 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848375360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848375369
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 20.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What does an artist need to know about drawing? And what has to be mastered in order to achieve the drawings you want? In this beautiful book Barrington Barber shows you, offering advice and tips he takes you through the various stages.

From object drawing and still-life composition, the natural world and portraiture, to looking at form and shape, and assessing styles and techniques, The Complete Book of Drawing is a distillation of the many skills that the aspiring artist needs to develop.

As Barrington Barber knows from his many years of both teaching and practising art, it is crucial for you as an individual to find your own style and way of doing things. And, uniquely among practical art books, this is what The Complete Book of Drawing provides, by revealing new possibilities and enabling you to look at the world around you with fresh eyes. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Customer Reviews

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160 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginner/intermediate skills book 29 April 2005
By Louis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as I enjoy drawing but need more skills, I was not dissappointed.
This book is for the beginner and intermediate. Over 350 pages it is mainly pencil and pen drawing, does not require specialit equipment. Starting with very basics such as shading and shapes progressing to foliage, facial features, animals and so on to fine art/artists and the human body.
I recommed this book for those wanting to practise their skills and for those who enjoy drawing.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good tutor 26 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
There are tons of books about various painting techniques out there, but it's surprising how few books about the basics of learning to draw there are. The ability to draw realistically is the bedrock from which an artist should build, and BB has produced a work here that could take you from a fumbling amateur to an accomplished artist (IF and only if you are willing to put a lot of time in).

What I like about BB is:
He is himself a very talented artist (witness his own excellent imitations of various artists to illustrate their different techniques) but is happy to spend time teaching the rest of us
He uses only his own drawings throughout the text
His books are actually enjoyable to read of themselves, even if you don't bother completing a single exercise
He recognizes the essential importance of endless practice over so called "natural" talent.

Happy drawing!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Book on Drawing! 30 April 2009
By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this book a few months ago when I was just starting my foundation course in Art & Design. Although I consider myself as highly creative, I'm not particularly gifted when it comes to artistic ability - this book was a real help in helping me to find my 'inner artist'.

I must admit I purchased a few different drawing books but I can honestly say that this one was by far the most useful and the one that I referred to constantly. The book is written in an approachable, down-to-earth style and covers everything including the basics like shading techniques (which I was completely clueless about an amazingly something that was left out in so many other books!) The book often shows you things in a step-by-step way which is quite helpful in understanding how to build up a drawing. The parts covering still life were also quite helpful for me as I struggled with them on my course! I am also really grateful for the many tips I picked up from the book relating to drawing trees and plants which vastly improved my sketches. You don't need to read a book like this from cover to cover and it's amazing how much you can just pick up by looking and remembering and trying things out!

Overall just a fantastic book if you are starting to draw for the first time or trying to improve existing drawing skills! It's also a good book to accompany you if like me you are starting some kind of art course and have never drawn before!
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138 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete 5 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is packed with useful information: it covers technique in detail, including body posture, not just the way you use your hands. Although at first the need for good posture may not be very obvious, follow the advice in this book and you will soon notice the difference. As the book says, you should be bodily involved in your drawing.
I have been drawing for years. I've shown my work in art galleries. Yet I do not come from a fine arts background; my training is in the humanities. This book has been immensely useful to me. I picked up very valuable tricks - how to use shadows, good crosshatching, how to draw convincing spheres, how to control perspective and convey a sense of space -- to name but a few.
An added plus are the chapters on composition and those on individual artists.
This book is worth reading: a) pencil in hand, paper at the ready, so you can do the exercises; b) just as you relax, looking at the examples, telling yourself "oh, how clever" and trying stuff out for yourself, later.
I for one am delighted with my purchase.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as it gets? 7 April 2009
By R. Moore VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This, is a massive book, and has massive amount of very interesting information,lessons and advice, this is what you get within its pages.
I would heartily recommend this to a beginner, a young child/teenager, even dare I say a serious art student. It is that type of book, it's designed for all ages I would say. I have drawn, painted and scetched all my life, which has been quite a long one! and this book has taught me things even I did not know.
Is it value for money? Would I recommend it...oh yes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete Book of Drawing 28 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
A very complete book of how to improve your drawing skills. Buy the book, follow the exercises, learn, practise and you will realy improve your skills. It explains the understanting of how to draw properly, starting from the basics and into more complex drawing technics.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Book of Drawing by Barrington Barry 12 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Barrington teaches many thngs in this book, for example:
How to see. Opportunities where you could improve your own work. Practice making perfect. The rule of thumb. How to fill your page. How energy and atmosphere can be captured within your drawing. To always keep a sketchbook handy. Your unique perspective. How to hold your pencil loosely. Hand eye coordination exercises. Light source demonstrations. Composition. Hatching for shading. Perspective. Vanishing points. Light vs Dark impact. Foreshortening. Simplicity. How the eye level can affect the overall picture. How tone gives a finished image. How complicated forms can be broken down into geometric shapes. The importance of accuracy in proportions. How to leave area's white to show highlights. Use of negative space. Themes to a picture. Sharp vs soft impressions. Observation of angles. How action lines can be used to accentuate drawings. How light and dark impact on the viewers perception. Silouettes. Grouping areas of foliage on trees. Looking at objects as a whole, instead of its comprised parts. Folds in clothing. Hair demonstraited. How to observe patterns to draw. Water suggested. Sunshine suggested with an eraser. How to build up an image from a caveman design to a detailed image. How to create your own style via the reference to other artists and practice of your own. Use of thumbnails. Dividing work up into balanced units for a dynamic picture. Abstract work. Where to emphasise a drawing. Drawing from more than one viewpoint. History lessons into art and artists.
Overall, a must have reference book!
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One of the best tutorial for beginners, I have read
I was thrilled with this book,
Published 3 days ago by Sandra Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book and enjoyable too!
Very helpful for a complete beginner like me. Also, I would imagine, great for those with more experience as suggestions and techniques in the book are very good. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Carol S
5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you need?
An excellent book for beginner and progresser, full of sensible and helpful advice and exercises.
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Superb book. Great service.
Published 1 month ago by jonjayju
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Excellent value and a good introduction to drawing for all ages.
Published 1 month ago by mrs valerie a nunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gift for a budding artist
Bought for my husband who likes doing art. He was very pleased with it.
Published 1 month ago by Marie
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I ordered a book which was highly recommended to me by my tutor. I expected it to contain a wealth of useful information (and it certainly does! Read more
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good book
Published 3 months ago by Brion
5.0 out of 5 stars Has got me started
I have started drawing at 63 because my grandchildren want me to help them draw. I was always hopeless at art at school and now I realise it's because we were never taught any... Read more
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