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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Re-issue (pb) edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405341238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405341233
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.7 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Sarah Simblet teaches at the University of Oxford, has drawings in national and private collections, including the Royal Academy of Art, London and Ashmolean, Oxford, and has had three solo shows of her large-scale work. Her broadcasting work includes interviews on BBC Radio 4, acting as a consultant for Watchmaker and for Discovery Channel's Art-Science documentaries, while she has also appeared on BBC3 and Channel 4.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book. Even if you don't draw it's a wonderful book to browse through. There are drawings by a wide range of artists as well as those of the author herself. This book will really inspire you to start drawing. Everyone draws as a child and then many give up which is a great pity. Virtually every aspect of drawing is covered including drawing from the imagination. There are also sections on materials and on things such as posture and ways of holding the pencil - if you hold your pencil as you do for writing it restricts you. There are sections on composition, drawing elipses etc. This book will make you appreciate drawings in exhibitions. I would really recommend this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D Rohr on 7 Dec. 2010
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useful drawing manual with emphasis on illustrating a diverse range of drawing and mark making approaches, including examples by well established artists alongside the author's own drawings . By not using a simplistic step by step approach, this books instead encourages readers to try techniques and learn from looking. Refreshingly broad and intelligent approach which does not favour a particular slant or direction of drawing style.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Nicholls on 4 Mar. 2009
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A well presented and informative book with top quality illustrations. Sarah Simblet's unquestionable skills in drawing and communicating have been given full rein. The inclusion of some of the chapters seemed a bit arbitrary, e.g "Hauntings", "Monsters" & "Convolutions", and such items take up space which I would have preferred to see given to more in depth exploration of some of the key skills and examples. Overall I believe the book would have benefitted from having more space given to the excellent techniques, tools and materials sections, and useful topics such as the Travel Journal.

Some of the most important aspects of drawing have been given the same emphasis as topics which are better covered in specialist books, and I think this is an imbalance in an otherwise useful addition to a good art library.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2005
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One fo the best books on drawing I have seen in a long time, it rivals Smagulas Creative Drawing book easily which is also very good. A welcome antidote to the basic drawing by numbers books that line bookshop shelves these days.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Devaney on 4 Aug. 2009
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excellent drawing book,easy to follow instructions and tips.a book for every level FIRST CLASS !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Rebbeck on 25 April 2013
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A gift for an 80 year old who is just learning to draw and he loved it. He says it is easy to understand and loves the step by step guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Sagi on 30 July 2013
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Bought for my eight year old godson, who is very 'into' drawing, haven't discovered his reaction yet, but I was very impressed. Tempted to keep it myself. It is divided into different 'drawing projects' and sets experimental tasks, that should lead tto a lot of self-dic=scovery as to what one's style might be. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Grafton on 13 Dec. 2011
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I have collected all of Sarah Simbletts books. They are a superb addition to any artist's bookshelf. This book will appeal to artists of all abilities - even those who lack the level of skill displayed will be inspired to have a go at the many subjects depicted in this excellent volume.
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