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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (29 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899606009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899606009
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Linley has been an art teacher for many years, running several very popular evening and holiday courses. Back in 1989, he was employed as a health education graphic artist in Birmingham schools, adding a new dimension to the teaching of health education by encouraging children to learn while they draw.

Mark's infectious enthusiasm and passion for drawing shines out from his highly successful series of drawing books. His motto is that, 'You can learn to do anything if you think you can. If you draw something badly, it means you are looking at it in the wrong way. Anyone can draw if they want to, as long as they observe carefully'.

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Let Mark Linley inspire you to pick up your pencil and create a magical masterpiece

About the Author

Mark Linley has been an art teacher for many years, running several very popular evening and holiday courses. Back in 1989, he was employed as a health education graphic artist in Birmingham schools, adding a new dimension to the teaching of health education by encouraging children to learn while they draw.

Mark's fiancée, Pat, produced the above drawing of Mark. She was once his student, and then his assistant for nine years and now, he says, "We have decided to marry after being together a great deal for the past twelve years. I'm given to making hasty decisions!"

Mark's infectious enthusiasm and passion for drawing shines out from his highly successful series of drawing books. His motto is that, "You can learn to do anything if you think you can. If you draw something badly, it means you are looking at it in the wrong way. Anyone can draw if they want to, as long as they observe carefully".


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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewer.
This is a basically sound introduction to drawing with pen/pencil and the author's enthusiasm is very infectious: you'll definitely be inspired to give it a go or improve your existing skills after reading it.
It's nowhere near as in-depth or accomplished as something like Civardi's 'Drawing Techniques' and some of Linley's "portraits" are pretty dire, though he does present some very neat female nudes done with an absolute minumum of lines. His text, however, is always very encouraging and positive.
At the price, highly recommended for beginners and more advanced students alike.
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201 of 209 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2000
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This book teaches beginners how to think positive and have faith, when they have a pencil in their hands. Basic rules of drawing are explained, with each chapter featuring different subjects for you to draw. Throughout the book, there are assignments for you to carry out. By reading this book you are given the confidence to pick up a pencil and draw. An interesting and useful book for those wanting to learn how to draw, and for those wanting to improve their drawing skills. I enjoyed this book, as the author writes annecdotes about his experiences and it just made me want to get drawing straight away. I have read other books on drawing, and this is one of the best I have read.
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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2004
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For a complete beginner like myself, I couldn't draw for toffee! This book has inspired me to draw landscapes in a simple to follow manner. My family have been amazed at the ease to which I have taken to this new hobby. Very easy, concise and enthusing narrative really is motivational. I thoroughly recommend this book for people such as me who like things simple!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Henry on 25 Mar. 2009
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How to Draw AnythingWas always bad at art at school, so assumed I'd never be able to draw, but this little book's a gem. Just wish I had several hours free every day to play with the ideas in it! I'm never going to get to the Royal Academy, but at least I can see now it's not just down to being "a natural", so if you want to get a bit of confidence and start drawing for fun, this book is a great help.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Newsbitch on 25 Jan. 2005
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My mother found this book and was amazed at the price. She is learning to draw portraits, and wanted a book that showed her how to do things step by step, especially with facial features.
Not only does this book provide valuable tips and examples on portraiture, but it also shows you in detail how to draw landscapes, people in general, animals, buildings, and practically everything else. My mum has since created some wonderful pictures just by using this book (different mouth shapes, noses, eyes) and is entirely happy.
After seeing her copy I went and bought my own (I want to improve my drawing of people) and I have to say, it is brilliant. Understandably, the key IS to keep on practising, but at this price you cannot get a better book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bluecougar25 on 8 Jun. 2014
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I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a while and took it down just yesterday, forgetting why it was languishing on the shelf. I really can't understand the rave reviews being given by other readers at all. Yes, its a friendly book, written in a comforting, chatty style and if you want to be reassured that you can indeed draw, that's fine. However, actually *teaching* of drawing skills is severely lacking. Various topics are touched on before Mr Linley rushes onto the next idea, with a few examples but nothing to emulate (though his chapter on the nude model was fairly inspiring, not a subject many beginner books approach.). If like me you're a beginner wanting to learn how to get the pencil to produce images on paper with simple steps and guidance, this really is not the book to go for.

I've done great thus far with Mark Kistler's You Can Draw in 30 Days which starts simply and builds skills step by step and combines techniques you've now mastered into new forms. That would be my recommendation for actually building some drawing ability.

Disappointing, this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Snowdrop on 31 Mar. 2015
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This isn't remotely helpful. It gives no instructions and just asks you to copy pictures that aren't especially inspiring. If you think you can learn that way, fine, but the pictures on the cover aren't representative - check the 'Look Inside' function. Additionally the writing style is extremely grating, and as another reviewer says, the author comes over a bit creepy at times - extolling the perfection of teenage breasts. Bleugh. He's also just generally very irritating to me, banging on about sheep and broken legs whilst occasionally throwing in directions of which figure you're meant to be drawing at that time. I found it utterly useless.

If you're looking for something that does have step by step instructions and teaches you the principles of drawing, with quick results, I recommend 'You Can Draw in 30 Days' - I have really enjoyed that so far. Of course it's different for everyone, but I regret buying this book...
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James Bury on 29 Jun. 2004
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Good advice for an amazing price. This book on its own is not going to transform you into a Renoir or Degas, but you will improve if you follow it's guidelines.
If you're very much a beginner, you would do well to look at Betty Davis' superbly effective "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". However, as with any "learn to draw" book, you will only improve if you practise, practise, practise. This is hard on your own, so try and setup / join a small group of budding artists for mutual support, learning and encouragement. Alternatively, join a local art class - they're highly sociable and you'll be amazed at how much you learn. Good luck!
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