The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature

Carrie Stuart Parks

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1600614582

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is the book that can teach anyone to draw (yes, even you!)

If you're not getting the kind of true-to-life results you want in your drawings (or if you can't even draw a straight line), Carrie and Rick Parks can help. As award-winning teachers, they have a proven game plan for helping artists of all levels overcome common problems and see immediate improvement in their work. As professional composite artists, they know the tricks and tools for achieving incredibly lifelike results. In this friendly, foolproof guide to drawing, they share it all:

  • Easy-to-master techniques for achieving a convincing sense of depth
  • How to draw challenging textures like metal and fur
  • Putting personality into your portraits
  • 40+ step-by-step demonstrations featuring a variety of people, animals and nature

Easy enough so that beginners can jump right in, and comprehensive enough to help more accomplished artists refine their skills. This book covers all the essentials, teaching you the secrets of realistic drawing one step at a time, building the skills you need to tackle any subject convincingly--even those you've always thought were beyond your reach. Before you know it, you'll be turning out picturesque landscapes, stellar portraits--any subject that inspires you to put pencil to paper!

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subject. 3. Decide the Size of Your Drawing If you want your drawing to be the same size as the photo, simply transfer the measurement to your paper. If you want it to be larger, make the baseline slightly larger when you transfer it, as I did here. If you want to make your drawing smaller … you get the drift. 4. Add a New Vertical Line Draw a vertical line at the end of the columns on the photo. Make sure it is parallel to the photo baseline. The correct angle of the columns is now

the troublesome shape. 2. Trace Over the Drawing Cover the shape you’ve just traced with your hand. No peeking! Place the same piece of tracing paper over the pesky problem area in your drawing. Trace it so that the two tracings will end up side by side. 3. Compare the Tracings Look at the two tracings. Subtle differences in shapes become very apparent when simplified into a line drawing and removed from the busy background. Psssssst! Tracing paper is a fantastic multi-tasker. Not only

you just measure the start and finish of the curve. Straighten the Curve You can measure the curve of the cheek in the photograph by using the eye baseline. Draw two lines, one at the start of the curve of the cheek and one at the chin. The horizontal and vertical lines are measurable distances and give you the start and end of the curve. Take the measurement of the eye and compare it to the cheek. Her cheek curves down two and a half eyes and over one-half eyes. Measure how far up and over

the nostrils of an adult nose should appear above the columna (the column that divides the nostrils). Nose Placement The placement of the nose remains constant regardless of the angle from which it is viewed. When we view the face from the front, the sides of the wings should line up with the inside corner of the eye. Turning the face to profile doesn’t move the nose. Notice that the back of the nose needs to be in front of the eye. One common problem I see in profile noses is that artists

graphite pencil (a yellow No. 2 will do) • a pencil sharpener • a white plastic eraser • makeshift blending tools—facial tissue, a makeup sponge, etc. • a ruler or other straightedge • drawing paper or a sketchpad • a steady, firm drawing surface • a place to store your supplies • photo references or live inspiration It would be nice to have: • a variety of pencils ranging from 2H (hard) to 6B (soft), or the same size leads with a lead holder (plus the special sharpener it requires) •

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