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Rendering in Pen and Ink [Hardcover]

Arthur L. Guptill
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1 Dec 1983 0823045307 978-0823045303 New Ed
Arthur L. Guptill's classic "Rendering in Pen and Ink" has long been regarded as the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject of ink drawing. This is a book designed to delight and instruct anyone who draws with pen and ink, from the professional artist to the amateur and hobbyist. It is of particular interest to architects, interior designers, landscape architects, industrial designers, illustrators, and renderers. Contents include a review of materials and tools of rendering; handling the pen and building tones; value studies; kinds of outline and their uses; drawing objects in light and shade; handling groups of objects; basic principles of composition; using photographs, study of the work of well-known artists; on-the-spot sketching; representing trees and other landscape features; drawing architectural details; methods of architectural rendering; examination of outstanding examples of architectural rendering; solving perspective and other rendering problems; handling interiors and their accessories; and finally, special methods of working with pen including its use in combination with other media. The book is profusely illustrated with over 300 drawings that include the work of famous illustrators and renderers of architectural subjects such as Rockwell Kent, Charles Dana Gibson, James Montgomery Flagg, Willy Pogany, Reginald Birch, Harry Clarke, Edward Penfield, Joseph Clement Coll, F.L. Griggs, Samuel V. Chamberlain, Louis C. Rosenberg, John Floyd Yewell, Chester B. Price, Robert Lockwood, Ernest C. Peixotto, Harry C. Wilkinson, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, and Birch Burdette Long. Best of all, Arthur Guptill enriches the text with drawings of his own. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.; New Ed edition (1 Dec 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823045307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823045303
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur L. Guptill (1891-1956) who co-founded Watson-Guptill Publications and was co-editor of "American Artist" magazine, was an architect, a painter, an art director, an author, and a teacher. Born in Gorham, Maine, he graduated with a degree in architecture from Pratt Institute in 1912, and then studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A partner in Bearse & Guptill, architectural designers and illustrators, from 1919 to 1925, Mr. Guptill was a freelance specialist in design, freelance advertising artist, and advertising agency consultant from 1916 to 1937. The founder, president, and director of activities of the Amateur Artists Association of America, Mr. Guptill wrote numerous art instruction books. He taught at Pratt and the Brooklyn Museum and was a member of the Art Directors Club of New York and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in England. Susan E. Meyer was born and raised in New York City. She was graduated from the University of Wisconsin and attended the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Ms. Meyer has had a long history of involvement with Arthur Guptill's work. For over seven years, as managing editor of Watson-Guptill Publications, the company he co-founded, she compiled and edited his books. In that capacity, she also compiled, edited, and collaborated on a number of other books on watercolorists and their techniques, painting portraits, and designing with type. In addition, Ms. Meyer was editor of "American Artist" magazine, where Guptill himself was once co-editor. She is the author of over a dozen books and is currently the director of Roundtable Press, Inc. in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book in hard cover in New Zealand in 1972 while on holiday. It was recommended to me as the very best reference book for any one interested in learning to draw in pen and ink and I have to agree with that opinion. It is full of informative 'how to's and has some terrific examples of the art including some by the brilliant author. It, and its companion volume, "Rendering in Pencil" by the same author A Guptill are the most prized possesions in my art book library. I don't lend these to anyone. I would recommend any budding artist or illustrator to aquire both of these reference books though the pencil book does not appear in Amazon's listing and may be hard to find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing help 7 Jun 2009
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This book is an excellent practical and learning resource about drawing in pen and adding wash
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on ink drawing EVER 10 Jun 1999
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A masterpiece. The best thing I can say about this book, is that it is always beside my drawing table. Every ink artist or would-be ink artist will treasure it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 4 Mar 2010
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I bought this book based on the reviews of others on this site and they all said it was the best book available. They are not wrong!
It is simply superb in every sense of the word.
It was first published in 1930 and so you might think that it is out of date. "Wrong" - It is simply the best I have ever read.
If I could give this book 10 stars I would, it is even better than you could ever expect.
I have been an artist working in watercolours and pen and ink for more than 20 years and had never heard of the Author before(probably because he is American)but I can honestly say that all the other reveiwers were absolutely correct.
Buy it!! You'll never regret it.
20 Stars or more!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to pen and ink work 31 Dec 2012
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covers all the basics and then some. gives comparisons between different techniques, shows the build up of a picture from a photograph, has loads of examples and good advice. indispensible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Mar 2014
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This is one of the best books for learning pen and ink drawing. It is up dated but lacks some of the wonderful pen and ink drawings of the original version. Well worth getting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ink Drawing Manual 3 Feb 2014
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The book is an interesting manual on ink drawing, Some of the sections are quite dated on the type of materials in instruments to use but all in all a good reference manual for those starting out in ink drawing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rendering in Pen and Ink
A very detailed book that requires serious reading and practise. Although there are easier books to pick up and work with without doubt this covers far more in one volume. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jak Sanderson
3.0 out of 5 stars PeN&ink
This is a quality tutorial book. Follow the recommendations and you must improve your P& I skills. Other books detail on how to add colour.
Published 11 months ago by Max Ayres
3.0 out of 5 stars This book has a LOT of writing.
I bought this book after being recommended and immediately felt put off by the tonne of writing it involves. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jonathan Kvedaras
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant = Must have!
Love this book - very good descriptions, advices, explanations. Also it has a lot of techniques and interesting examples/pictures. Would recommend!
Published 12 months ago by Alla
4.0 out of 5 stars Adcanced book of pen and ink drawing. but very informative.
I am pleased with the book, although it was not quite what I expected, and more advanced than I thought it would be.
Published 13 months ago by pat bezzant
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A gift for my Dad, who absolutely adores it. I would recommend anyone who is interesting in this art work to buy it.
Published 16 months ago by Jo
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This is a must have for anyone who loves working in pen and ink and obviously with dip pens. This book is very dense and full of tips and exercises as well a rich variety of... Read more
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