Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 January 2016

400 Pages | 566

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190209520

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Drawing Essentials

A Complete Guide to Drawing

Third Edition

Deborah Rockman

  • Provides full coverage of the three categories of foundation level drawing: basic drawing (non-subject specific), perspective, and figure drawing
  • Includes over 550 instructive illustrations, ranging from high quality student work to carefully chosen examples from historical and contemporary masters
  • Focuses on the cultivation of observational skills, increased sensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials
  • Clearly explains difficult basic concepts and methods, including the process of sighting; scaling techniques; creating meaningful line variation; methods of tonal development; creating effective still lifes, human figures, and portraits; perspective systems; using photos as reference; and brainstorming to generate ideas
  • Provides helpful pointers on both group and individual critiques for the beginner
  • Offers practical advice about traditional and nontraditional media and surfaces as well as alternative processes that can be combined with drawing
  • Includes an appendix of more than ninety-eight lively and diverse illustrations-including thirty-two new works in full color-from twenty-two contemporary artists as well as a bibliography and list of helpful supplementary reading

New to this Edition:

  • Nineteen additional examples from the work of historical masters offer inspiration and give students increased awareness of the history of drawing
  • Seventy-two new illustrations-including thirty-two in the expanded Appendix of Contemporary Drawing-enrich the text's vibrant drawing instruction, providing students with a wealth of examples
  • Additional talking points on skeletal structure and its impact on the human body give students a more thorough understanding of the figure and artistic anatomy
  • More examples of student work extend beyond foundation-level students to include the work of advanced undergraduate students and graduate students
  • An expanded Appendix of Contemporary Drawing highlights four new artists and their work--Aneka Ingold, Ian Ingram, Zaria Forman, and Juan Perdiguero--plus new work from Nathan Heuer
  • A new open-access, free companion website supplies a bank of digital images of art from the text, exercises, and additional visual resources

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