Although I’ve always been interested in art, it wasn’t until my teen years that I started taking it seriously and actively seeking to better my skills. While most of my friends had gone to art school or received lessons of some sort, I had no professional experience when it came to drawing or painting. I would watch how they would add techniques to their sketches or paintings that I wanted to learn. Eventually, I asked my high school art teacher what his recommendations were so that I could learn art on my own time.
Among several other books he told me to check out, that was unique and detailed in its lessons is Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing. It is a book that I still refer to now when I have to brush up on some of my techniques or when I was to teach someone about sketching.
- The book is divided into 6 chapters with 53 lessons in total. Throughout the chapters, you learn about things such as easy sketching techniques, shading, angles, proportions, and figure drawing. Each lesson leads up to the next with 9 final lessons throughout the book.
- Each lesson defines any new terminology used and how each one affects how your sketch turns out. All terms are supplemented with various illustrations.
- Each lesson has a list of all the materials you will need for the lesson.
- With the list of materials you receive extensive information on how to use the materials. For example, there are certain ways to hold the pencils for shading, and there are different pencils to use for the specific type of shading you are trying to accomplish.
- While the book states that this is for beginners, I recommend it for anyone that has some experience or as a supplement to an art class.
- Doesn’t give exact measurements when given proportions.
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