How to See, How to Draw

How to See, How to Draw

Keys to Realistic Drawing

Book - 2010
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Imagine having the ability to draw any subject with precision, detail and expression. With Claudia's help, you can do it! In How to See, How to Draw , you will discover how to tap into your powers of observation, strengthen your hand-eye connection, and draw the world around you with new skill and accuracy. Just take it one step at a time.

Claudia is an expert teacher, breaking down complex compositions into a series of achievable shapes and values that even beginners will understand. Through dozens of mini demonstrations, fun-to-do exercises and complete step-by-step instruction, you'll learn everything from basic drawing techniques to more challenging methods for rendering wonderfully rich, in-depth compositions.

Her visual instruction details how to:

Use a variety of drawing tools to suit your style and artistic intent Learn to let go of preconceived ideas so you can observe lines, shapes and spatial relationships as they actually are Create strong compositions through comparison and proportional control Find, fix and avoid common mistakes by using simple grids and guide lines Understand and work with perspective to create the illusion of depth Reveal form through light and shadow Explore the potential of texture to create mood and movement

Claudia's drawings illuminate a range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, animals and still life. You can practice using her reference photos and drawings, or you can apply her exercises to your own subjects.

Start today, Claudia's way! Following her masterful guidance, you'll see the world through new eyes and draw better than you ever have before.

Publisher: Cincinnati : North Light Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781600617577
Branch Call Number: 741. 2 NIC
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Keys to realistic drawing


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Sep 12, 2017

The same old advice you have seen in 1000 other books. How to draw an owl? Draw some shapes. Connect the shapes. Now draw the rest of the owl. If you are really interested in learning to draw, first learn how to see. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" explains the concept much better (even if the science is outdated).

Oct 24, 2011

I've always wanted to draw, but I'm terrible at it.  I have never had the opportunity for formal instruction, but have tried on my own and with the assistance of various books over the years.  It didn't help; I was still terrible.  Then I ran across How to See, How to Draw.  This is the first book that "clicked".  I recommended it to the library, checked it out when it came in, and then had to have my own copy.  After just a few exercises, my drawing has improved so much that it is incredible!  I now do drawings that I am proud to show to someone else, and they actually recognize what I am trying to draw.  I still have a long way to go, but now I have hope and a map.

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