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Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner

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Based upon the author’s own successful workshops, Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner helps new artists create competent, often eloquent drawings. A series of progressive lessons demonstrates such essential skills as recording edges, creating dimension, adding accuracy, developing value, balancing compositional elements, and drawing the human face, both frontal and ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Watson-Guptill (first published May 8th 2003)
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I haven't drawn since I was in elementary school but now I can actually draw things. This is a great book if you're an absolute beginner and are motivated to learn how to draw (ie you're willing to put in some time and effort). If you read a chapter or 2 and put it down for a month and don't draw anything over that time, nope you're not gonna get any better at drawing. But if you keep at it and go at a comfortable pace that's good for you, you'll get better.

I read the first 4 chapters, which giv
Dec 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
I have learned to draw a stick figure owl. This book might be amazing.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The *perfect* book for the grown up who wants to learn how to draw, or for the pro who's been in a rut and needs to refresh the basics (exhibit A, represent!).

From a more meta level, the use of other student drawings is a novel touch for a how-to book, and does help in bring out the specific benefits of the workshop model of learning.

Best quote:

"Approach drawing as a magical activity to do, to learn, and to see- profound, mysterious, and gratifying".
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I can actually draw now--a little bit--thanks to this book. I know I would be able to draw much better if I gave it some time and effort. I would have thought such a thing impossible before I opened this book. The author taught me how to stop and look at what is really there in front of me, not simply to rely on my ingrained symbolic representations of things.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Starts off strong, and then I always get overwhelmed at some point. This time around (my third or so with this book), it was later than others, but still in chapter 3 or so. I don't know what it is, but I guess this just isn't the book for me.
Yuliya Skripnik
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Для совсем начинающих. Но и продолжающим тоже будет интересно. Самая интересная глава про поиск авторского стиля. И про исправление ошибок. Все чётко и по делу.
Elizabeth Matthews
looks like a great starting point
Apr 02, 2012 marked it as to-read
Finally a drawing book that is geared to my level.
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