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Drawing For Dummies [Paperback]

Brenda Hoddinott
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21 Mar 2003 For Dummies
On a simple piece of paper, a fierce bird of prey can swoop down upon its terrified victim, an adoring father can share laughter with the infant daughter cradled in his arms, raindrops can glisten on the hood of a vintage sports car, a lightening bolt can cut across the night, offering a glimpse of trees ominously silhouetted against the blackness. 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 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 drawing basics. Its author, professional illustrator and long–time art educator Brenda Hoddinott, has a simple philosophy—that only you can teach you to draw. With that in mind, she arms you with the tools you need to explore the basics and then coaches you through 30 hands–on drawing projects. You′ll quickly Conquer the basics of line and shading Develop an eye for basic shapes and contours Discover how to create the illusion of three dimensions Render still–life subjects and landscapes Bring animals and people to vivid life on the page Brenda helps you tune into your right brain and see the world as an artist does. You’ll discover how to break things down into basic lines and shapes and then reassemble them on the page. Other topics covered include: Understanding and exercising the basic skills of drawing lines and shapes, adding life and depth with shading, and rendering textures Mastering the fundamentals of composition and planning drawings Creating lifelike doodles and cartoon characters Drawing the natural environment including both plants and animals Keeping a sketchbook and drawing from memory Drawing people, starting with babies and exploring the human face from childhood to old age It’s never too late to unleash the artist within. Let Drawing For Dummies put you on the road of discovery and self–expression through drawing.

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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: 23.5 x 18.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,418 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

About the Author

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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"On a simple sheet of paper, a magnificent eagle can soar over a snow-covered mountain, a small child can hug an adoring puppy, dewdrops on a rose can glisten in the morning sun, a mermaid can swim with dolphins under the ocean, or a lightning storm can ill" Read the first page
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drawing for dummies to become an expert 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing for - Me! 21 Oct 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Find the artist you never knew you were. 26 Feb 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that does what it says 31 July 2010
'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good buy 28 Jan 2010
it is what it says on the front,
everything is simply explained and in plain english
a very good buy
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginers 2 Oct 2009
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The author is clearly someone who knows how to draw and explain how to do it. There are plenty of ideas and basic drawing concepts to please anyone starting to draw.
Experienced artists might find this useful also
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5.0 out of 5 stars good fun book for starting drawing 26 July 2012
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad!
I was very disappointed with this book. The author has very limited ability.
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They do not even begin to show the variety of styles or tecniques which all... Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Drawing for Dummies
An easy book to read, though somewhat long-winded in places, and possibly a little too banal in places. Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by Mrs. K. J. Stoneman
4.0 out of 5 stars art
A great book for beginers like me!
So far so good quite pleased at what i am able to draw.
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by springer
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still not a drawing ace, but I am getting better!
I have enjoyed the book very much indeed! As usual with this series of books, it starts off from a basis of no knowledge at all!
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by PhiltheNelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing for Dummies
This book is superb for learning the technical aspects of drawing. Though wordy, each example is broken down into small parts for you the reader to digest. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Mr A P HILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing for Dummies
I have only had a chance to glance quickly through this book, but from what I've seen I think it's just what I was looking for - it seems to contain all the elements required to... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by Mrs. Jacqueline M. Emmett
1.0 out of 5 stars condescending and irritating
Fortunately I was able to borrow a copy of this book from the library. I'm certainly glad I didn't buy it. Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by Bookaholic
3.0 out of 5 stars DRAWING FOR DUMMIES
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by Terence Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars dummies
a good book, well written but with the artisit in mind, rather than the Dummy. A bit pretencious at times. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2009 by A. holt
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