Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Art of Basic Drawing: Simple step-by-step techniques for drawing a variety of subjects in graphite pencil

The Art of Basic Drawing is a tutorial technique guide for graphite pencil drawing for the beginning to intermediate artist. Due out 3rd March 2020 from  Quarto on their Walter Foster imprint, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback format.

The layout follows the familiar Walter Foster tutorial format. An introduction covers tools and supplies and is followed by a short and easily accessible general drawing tutorial and an introduction to texture and perspective.  There's a good subchapter on blending, texture strokes, and pencil techniques as well as a short intro on how to compose a drawing and developing forms.

Each of the chapters includes several start to finish projects illustrating the concepts and techniques from the chapter. The tutorials are grouped roughly thematically: still life, animals, landscapes, and people/portraiture.

This is a very basic book but full of good technique and will provide some useful takeaways for the majority of readers/artists.  This entire series is worthwhile and will be a valuable addition to the artist's home library. The material is at least partially compiled from previously published work; one of the contributors (Walter T. Foster) passed away roughly forty years ago.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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