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Drawing Light and Shade: Understanding Chiaroscuro (Art of Drawing) [Paperback]

Giovanni Civardi
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1 Sep 2006 Art of Drawing
This is a practical easy-to-follow guide, which shows how to observe and draw light and shade. Giovanni Civardi shares his great expertise in drawing light and shade, beginning with the basics of drawing simple 3D shapes. There are sections on shadows and cast shadows, simplifying tone, methods of shading, form and relief, composition, the perspective of shadows and many more. We also learn a little bit about how light and shade have been used throughout the history of art. Finally the artist shows through his own superb drawings how the techniques and principles learned can be put into practice. This book also includes step-by-step demonstrations. It offers clear instructions on using tone and shadow.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844481867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844481866
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 21.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giovanni Civardi is an Italian artist and teacher who for years has combined studies at the Faculty of Medicine, Milan, with the practice and teaching of sculpture.

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4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful 29 Jun 2011
By Ro
Since I got this book everything related to light and shade makes much more sense!, I've always have problems with this matter, that's why my drawing appeared quite flat, but this book has taught me some basic things that is making a big difference.
I would recommend to anybody with not much knowledge about how light and shade works. I think is one of those books you have to have as it explains very basic things, because you can never build up something if you don't have the basics first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations 1 Jun 2012
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This is a real artists book with illustrations that are exquisite. From fruit to flowers to portraits. Many of the illustrations have been simplified to show light and shade which is so helpful when learning about tone etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlock Chiaroscuro! 23 April 2008
I am a fan of Giovanni Civardi's teaching books- this was my first. He is a true artist and demonstrates this essential skill well. His style is based primarily on demonstration with maybe to few words, but in some ways this works well with his style and lets face it artists being highly visual don't want masses of text! You will definately develop a good understanding of light and shade with this book.
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