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How to Draw What You See

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When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill’s best-seller list—and it has remained there ever since. “I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them—realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. Today, generations of artists have learned to draw what they see, to truly capture the world a ...more
ebook, 178 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Watson-Guptill (first published January 1st 1972)
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This book is great for a beginning artist and useful to all as our skills develop.

I bought this book because I was struggling with perspective, especially for built forms. The book starts with exercises on how to breakdown a scene or object into its underlying shapes, and even the horizontal, vertical, and curved lines that make up those shapes. The book then moves on to capturing various textures (wood, brick, paper, etc.), then sketching landscapes, capturing the human form, then details of v
"How To Draw What You See" is a basic-level drawing book. I don't draw, but a girl that I mentor spends a lot of time drawing. I thought it'd be fun to take drawing lessons together, but the instructor isn't very good at explaining WHY we are doing the various exercises that he gives to us. I noticed that he was basically following the lesson plan in this book, so I bought a copy. The book does a much better job of explaining the concepts than my art lessons instructor, and I have the feeling th ...more
This is a must read for a beginner in drawing.
Jessica Welch
I found the "lessons" incredibly hard to follow and while I understand that the author wanted you to draw everyday objects, presumably because that's what you see, the actual objects were extremely boring.

One thing that I did take away from the book was regarding drawing straight lines which I had never really thought about before. That was an interesting lesson. But I never could get past the third or fourth because I didn't understand what I was "supposed" to do.
I didn't learn a great deal more from this book than I already knew. No doubt it would be more useful to a beginner, and it was nice to have some of my basic principles reinforced, but -- not to be arrogant or anything -- I do know how to draw a cube. Not to say I don't need practice...

I wish I could play with all the different mediums the author mentions, but even if I could afford them all, I don't think I could mess with ink wash in my current living situation. (I'm reluctant to even use char
Jellie Dawn
If you're a beginner in the arts and drawing figures, this a very good entry level guide. But I'm more of an intermediate so I really didn't get muchbfrom this book. And most of the examples and shapes are EXTREMELY DULL.
Vickie L Searan
Accurate lessons

I like how this helps me under stand techniques in drawing make it realistic. This shows me where to improve me art from where I am to where I need to go.
Ravi Sinha
My Christmas present this year :)

A good starter for drawing/ painting. I used to draw/ paint a lot as a kid. Now wanting to pick it up again and to learn it properly. I intend to exclusively use sketching apps on tablet computers now, but that shouldn't make a difference as far as learning from this book goes.
Great reference book. Just read thrugh didn't follow the excercises. Will come back and work with the book
This is an older book--1972--but the author does a good job of explaining the basics of drawing.
Very useful, plus it feels good in the hand, bound well enough to lie flat on the workbench.
Serge Pierro
An interesting book for the beginning artist. Not much depth for a more experienced artist.
Elizabeth Matthews
Advanced lessons on measured drawing and building structure, etc.
A must read(and do) to all beginners interested in art.
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