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A Foundation Course in Drawing [Paperback]

Peter Stanyer , Terry Rosenberg
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Jan 2003 0823018687 978-0823018680
The projects in this superb teaching guide not only offer enjoyable drawing exercises, but are also designed to instill good working methods to benefit artists of all levels.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823018687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823018680
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,622,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 11 Nov 2007
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To me, this is not a beginner's book - Garcia's book "Drawing for the Absolute & Utter Beginner" is better for us. However, it looks like an excellent "foundation course" - with a structured series of practices created by two art teachers. I've bought it for use once I have worked through Garcia's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent project-led course in drawing 8 Oct 2000
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I am a complete beginner in this subject and found that I was able to produce very respectable drawings immediately. A very clear and easy to understand step by step book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something to keep you going 29 May 2002
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A book of what can be looked upon as daily drawing tasks. Need to keep up the practice, but getting a bit lost? This book is for you. Arranged under genre topics, so you can pick what you fancy. something to inspire you, show fast improvements, and leave you with some great sketches. Useful for both beginners and professionals, but for different reasons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"A Foundation Course In Drawing" is a great 240 page book to help you get some ideas on how to start drawing, how to draw and what to draw.

In the introduction authors write how to use the book and introduce materials such as pencils, chalk, crayons, charcoal, pastels, fell-tip pens, paper, erasers that are suitable for drawing.

The book has five parts:

Part 1 - Life Drawing (preliminary, gesture, continuous-line drawings projects, shadows, tones, fundamental shapes and forms, human skeleton and musculature, movement and expression)

Part 2 - Still Life Drawing (space and light, texture, fundamental form, drapery, moving view)

Part 3 - Abstract Drawing (flat, making space, associations)

Part 4 - Landscape Drawing (preconceptions, textures, classical space, cityspace, natural landscape, expressionism)

Part 5 - Drawing Systems (projection systems, linear perspective, perspective grids, trimetric projection, sciagraphy)

I loved this book because it gave me a lot of ideas on the variety of simple drawing techniques. It explains the basics of drawing like fundamental shapes, textures, tones, perspective or "city-view". I would recommend it to everyone who wants some ideas or help on drawing but it isn't a complete A to Z course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Foundation Course in Drawing 16 May 2009
Challenging exercises for those serious about improving their drawing skills.

Every drawing technique is introduced in an interesting and stimulating manner, thereby encouraging risk taking and enriching the drawing experience.
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