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Lessons on Shading (Dover Art Instruction) [Paperback]

W. Sparkes
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28 Jan 2007 Dover Art Instruction
This time-honored guide shows artists how to introduce shadow, light, gradation, and reflection to drawings. Filled with illuminating advice on deepening volume, evoking sunlight, and creating mood, this fascinating study also relates the different shading techniques necessitated by pyramids, cones, spheres, vases, and other shapes. Features 87 expert illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Dover Ed edition (28 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486454517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486454511
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 979,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars need for publication dates 4 May 2010
This book has few merits. It turns out to be an uncorrected reprint of a book published in 1900! The language is archaic and the layout old fashioned and the illustrations are poor. The pedagogic approach is very unhelpful. I found the book a complete waste of money and time.
If I had known that it was a reprint of a 1900 book I would not have bought it. This is the second time I have had this problem with Amazon shopping - previously I bought a guide book to Barbados which turned out to the 7 years out of date, with incorrect prices, non-existent restaurants and so on. You really should provide publications dates for all books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shading Techniques 12 May 2007
By Chez Libby - Published on Amazon.com
In the 19th century artists at all skill levels learned how to shade a form correctly. Many even well known artists of today have less technical skill than a so-called amateur artist of the late 1800's. This reprint from Dover Books was published in 1900, way before the attack on "Academic" art in favor of the propoganda espoused by 20th century artists, museum curators, critics and teachers that proclaimed that classical drawing was passe and that artist's didn't need to learn technique before "expressing" themselves. Well, if you want to learn to expressive yourself masterfully when you shade a form, I would heartily recommend this book. Although concentrating on charcoal shading primarily, and pencil hatching in a secondary sense, the information presented here is clear and will translate well into any media. It's a very reasonable price, easy and quick to read, and has information that is rare to find in the rash of "how to" books of today written by artists with barely passable skills in drawing and shading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry-no rave review here. 11 Jan 2009
By tarpalsfan - Published on Amazon.com
I hate to leave negative reviews, but this little book is just about useless to me. I don't know about anyone else-but as an artist; I don't have time to flip through pages of text trying to find the illustration that goes with it when I am trying to study. Nor do I have time to read over pages of defunct source list and art supplies that no longer exist. I know that this thing was first printed in 1900-my question is whats with the re-print? There is better instruction to be found-I'd send it back to Amazon- but the books not worth the postage it would take to do so! Sorry to disagree with the other peoples reviews-but Lessons on Shading is one of the least useful art instruction books I have forked over money for in a long time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons on shading 6 Sep 2010
By kari lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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From what I have read so far in this book I like. Easy to understand & has taught me a few things on how to shade & where which is where i was having my problems. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to draw.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tutorial on Shading 17 Mar 2011
By L. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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After painting for a year, I became frustrated with my ability to draw original landscapes and still lives. My compositions seemed lacking something, so I bought several books on lighting, shading and perspective. This is one of my favorites as it is through, detailed and yet well organized and easy to understand if followed in order. I still have lots to learn from this book and am quite pleased with all I've been learning from it. Good choice, in my opinion!
4.0 out of 5 stars A refresher 22 Aug 2013
By Jessica Broghan - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I'm familiar with the "basic" rules of shading and shadows, I found this book to be helpful in refreshing my memory. It has good reference drawings and clear descriptions.
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