Addressing and illustrating studio experiences that are not effectively dealt with in other drawing books, this unique text elucidates such fundamental yet challenging concepts and methods as the process of sighting; scaling techniques; meaningful and descriptive line variation; observation and development of tonal structure; creation of interesting and instructive still lifes; the conceptual impact of still-life objects; the unique challenges of the human figure and portraiture; basic and advanced perspective systems; brainstorming and the generation of ideas; and the use of photographs as reference. Throughout, award-winning artist, teacher, and author Deborah Rockman focuses on the cultivation of observational skills, increased sensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials. In addition, Rockman provides students with invaluable practical material, including coverage of various traditional and nontraditional drawing media and surfaces and information on alternative processes that can be combined with drawing. Drawing Essentials also provides powerful examples of what more advanced students can accomplish with a strong foundation drawing background.
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I have recently come back to it and it was good to see that even though I am not that impressed in the more expensive art materials-I do not always see where they I like the exploration and explanation of materials. I have recently come back to it and it was good to see that even though I am not that impressed in the more expensive art materials-I do not always see where they add too much to my art or it makes it look that much different. It was great to know that i am not alone; I was pleasantly surprised to find that while inexpensive- a lot of my materials are considered high quality and what would be recommended by the author and fellow artists.
The artwork from students in the book is unbelievably great and the new chapters on perspective along with the illustrations are very helpful. This is a great reference point textbook and I use it constantly this year as I keep drawing.
The last time I took an art class was when I was in elementary school. My professor recommended this book.
I think I need something a little more simple. However, I really enjoyed the fourth chapter of this book. I thought it offered really great ideas for artistic problem solving. This book gives good definitions, and very detailed instructions, especially in regards to perspective.
I would recommend this book for someone with an interest in art, who This book was really dense and technical. I would recommend this book for someone with an interest in art, who already has some prior knowledge on the subject. Starts out with a scary subject for a newby.
Too intimidating Jun 29, Jennifer rated it really liked it I made a lesson plan on the chapter on sighting which went very well.
Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing
Award-winning artist, teacher, and author Deborah Rockman explains clearly and in depth Ideal for introductory through advanced studio art courses in drawing, Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing, Third Edition, thoroughly addresses drawing techniques that are the most significant at the foundational level: basic drawing, figure drawing, and perspective drawing. Award-winning artist, teacher, and author Deborah Rockman explains clearly and in depth the essentials of depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface, focusing on the cultivation of observational skills, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials. Over instructive illustrations enhance the narrative--from old masters to contemporary works, and many student works--offering a wealth of examples for instruction and inspiration. Classroom tested and proven, this new edition builds on the strengths of its predecessors, incorporating additional pedagogy and examples, and updates to address the changing world of twenty-first century studio art.
Buy it here! Often the finest artists do not make the best teachers. Many frustrated college students know this all too well as they suffer through unstructured classes with inexperienced teachers or graduate student instructors. In these situations, it is easy to blame the teachers. But the problem is largely institutional: most students graduating with MFA degrees receive little or no instruction in teaching art.
Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation