Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts
A complete guide to essential drawing techniques and fundamentals
by Ken Goldman; William F. Powell; Diane Cardaci; Carol Rosinski
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Pub Date 16 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 09 Mar 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster, Walter Foster Publishing
Featuring in-depth instruction on composition, value, creating textures, using and manipulating photo references, and more, Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts is the perfect guide for you as a beginning or intermediate artist. After an introduction to art tools and materials and very basic techniques, four accomplished artists offer insight, tips, and helpful demonstrations that illustrate important art concepts and techniques. You will also find an impressive and varied selection of step-by-step projects to re-create, including still lifes, flowers, animals, landscapes, and portraits in the four sections. Values: Covers shapes, form, the light source, how to create depth, and the elements of design.Dynamic Compositions: Discusses viewpoint, the golden mean, symmetry and asymmetry, focal points, landscapes, and negative space.Realistic Textures: Focuses on rendering the many different textures found in traditional still lifes, animals, people, plants and flowers, and landscapes.Step-by-Step Exercises: Includes additional drawing projects, such as a teddy bear, landscape, horse, floral still life, portrait of a girl, and fruit and wine. Throughout the book, artists Ken Goldman, William F. Powell, Diane Cardaci, and Carol Rosinski offer practical and easy-to-understand drawing techniques and art principles. The journey through Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts is not about making perfect drawings; it’s about making each drawing better than the one before it, while having a great time.
The books in the Step-by-Step Studio series are project driven and introduce beginning artists to the fundamental tools and techniques of their chosen medium. Easy-to-follow step-by-step projects help beginners hone their skills while creating artwork across a variety of subjects, from still life and landscapes to animal portraits and botanicals.
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**I received and voluntarily read an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** I am horrible at drawing/sketching, so I always jump at the chance to read art books like this one. Not only does this book teach you how to draw several different animals, it also teaches a lot of information about sketching and drawing in general. Overall, definitely a book I would add to my collection.
So many techniques of making drawing fun.. the upside down technique.. to make your brain look a things diferently. The value system. Using blanks as edges of thign slines. you will get so much more skilled practising what this book shows.
Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts A complete guide to essential drawing techniques and fundamentals by Ken Goldman; William F. Powell; Diane Cardaci; Carol Rosinski Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster I love Walter Foster Books! This one is another great addition to the series! It starts with what tools and materials you will need, how to hold your pencil, and tips on shading and values. It then has the reader drawing values as shapes, then depicting form, establishing your light source, creating depth, and attracting the eye. All of this and more and each with a step by step short exercises all in the first chapter! Chapter two has more short exercises to build a dynamic composition then chapter three you put it all together for the realistic texture step by step exercises. ( Fur, feather, hair, leaves, glass, etc) Chapter four has the combined skills of all the above in six more step by step exercises. There is one or more photo with each instruction. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. This book is good for beginners or those needing just a little help. I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book.
So in depth with the different techniques, some I hadn't thought or heard of before. Can't wait to out this in practice
Recommended for: beginner to intermediate artists Focus: drawing fundamentals, techniques, exercises Mediums: pencil, graphite art If you've considered taking a professional fine art class or curriculum, stop for a moment before you dip into your savings; This book has you covered. I wasn't expecting to learn much I hadn't from previous books I'd read on the topic before, but in just under 150 pages, it packs in every core concept-- form, values, lighting and depth, perspective and composition and explains each in a way which is both simple to grasp and detailed enough to start applying to your own drawings right away. The book is presented in four chapters, each written by a different artist, and a preface outlining different materials and their uses. By the end, I guarantee everyone will learn a new technique or two-- I did-- values had always been a weakness for me, but outlining them first as shapes? Yeah! Makes sense and it was something I'd never thought of doing that before I read this. One of my favorite parts is a short, one page explanation on 'drawing what you see' vs 'what you think you see'. It's actually something a lot of art books don't even touch on. The inclusion of that and other fine points just shows that the four artists consulted for this book aren't just experts in their craft, but they also know how to teach and pass on their knowledge to others. They know what they're doing! If I had to give one criticism, it'd be that every page is themed with the same dull foresty-green as the cover. Given that every illustration is in black and white (of course!), this results in... not the most striking art book to look at. It actually reminded me of the design scheme of a math text book I had in school. This doesn't detract any from the wealth of information contained in the book, so I do encourage people to pick it up regardless of its 'old fashioned' appearance. All in all, a great book to start learning pencil drawing, as well as for intermediate artists to sharpen their leads with!
This is a great book for providing different drawing techniques. It has lots of different ways to draw things and gives the reason why doing it certain ways looks better.
This book covers a wide variety of techniques from basic drawing skills to more complex work. Each subject is clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations. I consider this book to be a very useful addition to any aspiring artist’s library. I have improved my drawing skills considerably since reading it.
Four excellent artists share their know-how in art accumulated in many years ot practice. There is a chapter on value, one on composition, the third one on realistic textures, while the last chapter contains a few exercies of various sublects. It is worth to study well the concepts as they are very important to realistic drawing. Beginner friendly, is useful for the intermediate artist, too.
Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts is is a tutorial and technique guide for drawing and rendering subjects aimed beginning to intermediate artists. Previously published in 2009, this reformat and re-release is due out 16th March 2021 from Quarry on their Walter Foster imprint. It's 144 pages and will be available in paperback format. This volume has a similar format to the other familiar (and beloved) volumes in the series. The introduction covers tools, materials, some texture techniques, and some general drawing info (very basic). The following chapters contain the tutorials, arranged thematically: tonal studies and shading, composition, textures, and individual skill building exercises. Each of the tutorials contains step by step line drawing from basic outline to finished drawing. I felt some of the steps hopped over a lot of intermediate refinement, but all-in-all they're followable and clearly illustrated. I could see this booklet, bundled with a good graphite drawing set making a superlative gift for a young artist up to adult age. The drawings are detailed enough to look quite professional, but not so extremely advanced that they would frustrate a keen beginner. Four stars. I love that there are high quality tutorial books available from this classic art-publishing imprint and that reprints are readily available to a new generation of students. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
Very beneficial and educational reference book for drawing and learning about materials, techniques, and drawing concepts such as value, composition, perspective, shading and creating texture. The book not only includes step by step guides for drawing, but it also includes basic information like how to properly hold your pencil and different materials like brushes, erasers, paper, sharpeners, etc. It also gives you advice for setting up your work place. I recommend this book to every beginner artist or anyone looking to improve their technique.
Awesome book! I am not an artist, but I have a young friend who is very talented. She loved the book and finds the book easy to use! I am definitely honored for her honesty and I love looking at the book with her and we both do a draw off and my poor picture is so sad! Thanks for the tips and the illustrations! I definitely would recommend this book to anyone looking for help with their art illustrations. I received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.
Learn and improve your sketching skills "Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts. A complete guide to essential drawing techniques and fundamentals" by Ken Goldman, William F. Powell, Diane Cardaci and Carol Rosinski was published by Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster. This is the second publication of the book that was already published in 2009 as a spiral-bound version. After an introduction to the topic that contains "Tools & Materials", "Handling the Pencil", "Shading Techniques", and "Drawing What You See", the book is divided into four chapters: 1) Chapter 1: Understanding Values with subtopics such as "Basic Strokes", "Understanding Value & Shape", or "Combining the Elements of Design", 2) Chapter 2: "Dynamic Composition with topics such as "Choosing a Viewpoint", "Symmetry & Asymmetry", "Using Values", or "Arranging a Floral Composition", 3) Chapter 3: Realistic Textures with topics such as "Working with Different Techniques", "Botanical Textures", or "Landscape Textures", and 4) Chapter 4: Step-by-Step Exercises with various exercises such as "Teddy Bear", "Landscape", or "Portrait of a Girl." The book offers extensive information, not only about sketching the various topics, but also about drawing and sketching in gerneral. The step-by-step instructions and multiple tips are really helpful to learn and improve skills. In spite of the fact that all the example in this book are done in black-and-white, the examples and tips can be also applied when artists want to use colored pencils or a similar medium. I highly recommend this book for beginners and advanced artists who want to work on their sketching skills. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #StepByStepStudioDrawingConcepts #NetGalley
Step-by-Step Studio: Drawing Concepts is an excellent book of fundamentals and basic techniques that would grace any artist's reference shelf. It covers a wide variety of techniques and tips including tools and materials, shading and textures, light, depth, and focus points. Lots of exercises are included to have a go yourself, all with clear instructions and steps. The pictures and illustrations are very clear and helpful, and the book would be especially useful for beginner to intermediate artists.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw? Not stick figures but real life plants and animals? This book is for you. It goes step by step in the process of drawing real life plants and and animals. The book shows how to shade the pictures as well. This book is a beginners book for someone that would like to take an art class or be able to draw real life things.