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One of the best books on drawing,
This review is from: Keys to Drawing (Paperback)
Even after reading the wonderful reviews of this book I was not expecting as much as it actually delivered. This book has been rated alongside the Betty Edwards book as a book for the beginner or the unpractised returner. Now I know why.
It introduces points or keys that help the drawing process, offers projects to give practical experience of using them, summarises them at the end of each chapter and gives a checklist to review what you've done.
It covers all the basics such as techniques, choice of media, proportion, perspective, light and shade, texture, etc.
It introduces the styles of some very diverse practitioners such as Rembrandt, Matisse and Degas, and leaves you to experience their styles and develop your own without trying to influence you.
The drawings in the book are designed neither to impress nor to inspire but to illustrate and they do that. This is a very practical book that's easy to work through - it's not meant as a coffee table book to thumb through at leisure.
It's also strong enough that you can both read through and work through the book several times with accruing advantage.
Anyone who has been through the Betty Edwards book, or who hasn't got on with it, but is not ready for Kimon Nicolaides' The Natural Way to Draw (a tough years work plan for the serious art student) can profitably and happily turn to this book.