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Drawing For Dummies [Paperback]

Brenda Hoddinott , Jamie Combs
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22 Feb 2011 For Dummies
The fast and easy way to learn to draw Drawing can enrich your life in extraordinary and unexpected ways. Drawing your everyday experiences can change how you and others see the world, while drawing from your imagination can give rise to fantastic new worlds. And, despite what you may believe, it′s something just about anyone can learn to do. Drawing For Dummies offers you a fun, easy way to learn the drawing basics. Holding fast to the simple philosophy that only you can teach yourself to draw, it gives you the tools you need to explore the basics and move on to more advanced techniques. This revised edition of one of the most successful For Dummies guides includes Additional step–by–step instructions for drawing people, animals, still life, and more Coverage of effects, composition, and perspective How–to art projects that show you how to create your drawings from simple geometric shapes to finished artwork It′s never too late to unleash the artist within. Let Drawing For Dummies, 2nd edition put you on the road to discovery and self–expression through drawing.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (22 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470618426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470618424
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fast and easy way to unleash your inner artist and learn to draw Holding fast to the simple philosophy that only you can teach yourself to draw, Drawing For Dummies gives you the tools you need to explore the basics and move on to more advanced techniques. It′s never too late to unleash the artist within . . . so grab a pad and pencil and let this friendly, hands–on guide put you on the road to self–expression. Drawing 101 — find out everything you need to know to start drawing, from the supplies you′ll need to ideas for findinginspiration Sharpen your pencil (and your skills) — learn to create dimension on a flat piece of paper, add shading to render light and shadow, add depth, and much more Let′s get digital — discover the world of digital drawing and get guidance on the tools and software used to create sketches and layers with your personal computer Bring your drawing to life — start experimenting with subject matter to draw still lifes, nature, people, and animals Open the book and find: The supplies and techniques you need to create different types of drawings Ideas and strategies for tackling drawing projects Free downloadable digitaldrawing tools How to balance shapes Tips for creating line drawings Helpful instruction for creating 3D drawings Textures and patterns that can enhance your drawing How to add perspective Learn to: Draw animals, people, still life, and more Master shading, blending, composition,and perspective Create your drawings from simplegeometric shapes to finished artwork

About the Author

Jamie Combs is an adjunct professor at the Herron School of Art & Design, where she teaches several classes on drawing, painting, and design. Brenda Hoddinott is an award–winning artist and art educator.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drawing book 4 Mar 2014
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very good book it helps me with my drawing just what I wanted I am using it for reference all the time athnak you
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Nov 2012
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A picture paints a thousand words. Sadly this book has thousands of words and few pictures. I much prefer Barrington Barber's Complete Book of Drawing which has many pictures and concise text that does not "philosophise". I suggest you look at that book before buying this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good For A General Introduction Or To Suppliment a Drawing Class 14 April 2011
By Wilhelmina Zeitgeist - Published on Amazon.com
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As an artist, I was interested in what this book offered to someone with no background in art who was wanted to learn how to draw. There is so much crammed in the book, which normally takes years of study to learn, it would be overwhelming for anyone new to art who is looking to learn from this book alone. Personally I think this book would work well as a supplement to a beginning drawing or design class to reinforce and add to what is being learned in class. The lessons don't really follow in any logical order and seem to just go all over the place. For a book that is supposed to help someone learn to draw, there are very few illustrations to aid the student of art to have any idea what they should be doing. There's not much information about art supplies given. Most of the illustrations which are included in the book may lead the art novice to feel they should be able to draw as well just from reading the book, become intimidated, frustrated, and just give up. The chapter on Perspective Drawing made me want to cry and I already know how to do it. Anything having to do with digital art would have been better left out, or at most simply mentioned, as it is a completely different genre. Having a few pages on Art Law included made me shake my head and laugh. At the beginning stages of one's art education the last thing anyone needs to worry about is Intellectual Property Law. It made me feel the authors' fear Copyright Infringement of their own work and if was the reason behind the lack of more helpful illustrations to actually help the new art student understand what they were reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Will Be Short 7 Feb 2013
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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When I say I am a beginner, that is EXACTLY what I mean. I want to learn to draw well. But I also what to put pencil to paper and not just read words about drawing. My review is this. Too many words, not enough drawing. I got Mark Kistler's book, "You Can Draw in 30 Days..." and it was so much fun to go through the lessons and see progress. I think that is a better choice to get started drawing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Info, Drawings Lacking 5 April 2011
By mk - Published on Amazon.com
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To me drawing is an active pursuit, but basic instruction is helpful. This book provides plenty of that; however, my main complaint is the lack of actual drawing or pictures for us learners to visualize. It's narrative heavy.

This is a fairly comprehesive text on the rudiments of sketch, shadow, planning, perspective and so forth. There are pictures throughout, but they are not high quality, and, in general, I didn't find them very useful.

I would have prefered to see a series of progressive shots, perhaps breaking down a drawing, working through the craft with a more step by step detail and the art work to go with it. Maybe it's just me, I can't just read about something and then start doing it, I need to be shown- take me by the hand, start me slow, move me along, give me something to look back at and compare- like that Norman Rockwell painting(in fun on their cover) where he's staring at himself in the mirror seeing if he's got it right.

I don't want to totally bash this book because it does offer helpful info; it simply doesn't appeal to my learning ways- it's more of textbook vs. the typical Dummie's self-taught guide.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Are We Ready To Draw Yet? 10 May 2013
By Anna Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow when it said Drawing for Dummies I did not take it seriously enough. This book is mostly talk and little inspiration or additional technique for someone who already has some skill. This is more for the person who hasn't picked up a pencil or even crayon since elementary school. It spends long, long, amounts of the book talking about why we draw, getting ready to draw, taking possible opportunities to draw, and who should or can draw before it actually draws anything for anyone. Even then it's just basic lines, connected shapes, and shading. I'd say to get it for the middle school set but there aren't enough pictures to keep them interested. The sections on drawing animals and portraits are at the back of the book and both pretty short. And what few pictures there are have a definite anime flair to them so only proceed if that's the look your after emulating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Covers a Lot of Ground for the Beginner 3 Mar 2012
By A. Silverstone - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit, I don't really like the name of these books because they insult both the author and the student/reader. And with that off my chest, this book is a great introduction to skills and exercises to learning to draw. Of course, this is not a one-size fits all, and it is well worth browsing in person to make sure the style and content match your learning interests and needs. Although this book cannot replace a drawing class and the interaction with a teacher, it is great alternative for someone who has some time (this will not be a quick journey), and is willing to put some effort into improving your drawing ability. The author takes you through a series of exercises meant to improve your ability to see items, and then being able to render them on the page. Along the way, she peppers her book with helpful hints and guidance. Before you know it (and it is worth documenting your progress), you will be producing impressive images that reign over the chicken scratch you started with.
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