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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (21 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554766
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hone your drawing skills with 30 hands–on projects Discover how to draw still–lifes, landscapes, animals, people, and more! Worried that you don’t have enough talent to be an artist? Relax! All it takes is some practice – and the tips and techniques you’ll find in this friendly guide. Beginning with the very basics – lines, shape, shading, textures, perspective – artist Brenda Hoddinott shows you how to draw just about anything, from flower petals to a child’s eye. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear–out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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Brenda Hoddinott is a portraitist, graphic designer, and professional illustrator. She has taught both adult education and pre–school art classes and runs an art education Web site.

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By P. Bassett on 23 Sep 2007
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Drawing for dummies is an unusual book in the respect that it lets you start drawing straight away,not scribble but actual drawings, I was that impressed I purchased another one to give to my grandson. It goes from easy to not so easy all in easy to read print and all with good illustrations. This book I would recommend for any one that is trying their artist skills out, the book does not give an age indeed it caters for all ages as she says you are never too old or young to pick up a pencil. Highly recommended.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By CB on 21 Oct 2007
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I like drawing myself, but I needed a little help in some areas of drawing. I came across this book in waterstones and bought it (sorry amazon!), as it looked very informative. How right I was.

It is great for taking each project step by step, storing it in a portofolio (excuse my spelling) and looking back and reflecting on it. I have enjoyed this book, and I doubt I will ever be 'finished' with it.
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By SCS on 26 Feb 2005
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If you want to draw but think you have to be gifted with an artists eye or natural ability, buy this book and discover that everyone has the skills to become a gifted artist. I was amazed at how easy it was to start putting pencil to paper and produce something I wished to show to others.
I was so pleased with my first drawings that I went out and bought a hardback sketchpad so that I can keep a pictorial diary of my improving skills.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Dance on 31 July 2010
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'The fun and easy way to pick up the basics and start expressing yourself' is what the cover says and Brenda Hoddinott delivers the goods. In just over 300 pages many aspects of drawing are covered - shading, perspective,light and shade, portraits and other 'basics' and not so basics. More than just giving procedures, she helps you to develop the right way of thinking to get into the subject. As someone who was useless at drawing at school and is only now in late middle age coming back to it, I found her enthusistic, but, above all, well thought out explanations and exercises helpful for building confidence and extremely practical. The book really is easy to follow and thought provoking.

If one has to criticise, perhaps the humour and 'zaniness' can very occasionally irritate - a matter of taste - but she is a teacher who loves her subject and packs the book with useful and helpful information and procedures. Suitable for all ages. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Moore VINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2011
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I love the "Dummies" books, they are brilliant value for money, and this one is no exception. They explain the all methods of drawing in the simplest of terms, and are a blessing for the amateur who wants to learn or improve their drawing/sketching capabilities. I highly recommend this one.
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I have tried several drawing books for beginners and this is by far my favourite. It goes through a lot of the basic skills and there are fun exercises and projects to use them. It teaches the basics of drawing in a way that is fun and enjoyable. The only problem is it left me wanting more of the same and I haven't found another drawing book which I like as much!
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An easy book to read, though somewhat long-winded in places, and possibly a little too banal in places. But skimming some of the chapters, overall a good basic start to improving your talent, (or lack of). Generally, probably not worth buying a copy for yourself, borrow from library, then go on to buy a more 'grown up' book.
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By springer on 31 Mar 2011
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A great book for beginers like me!
So far so good quite pleased at what i am able to draw.
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