Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 May 2020

416 Pages

8 1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190924812

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Drawing Essentials

A Complete Guide to Drawing

Fourth Edition

Deborah Rockman

  • Written by an award-winning artist with thirty-seven years of teaching experience
  • Provides full coverage of the three categories of foundation-level drawing: basic drawing (non-subject specific), perspective, and figure drawing
  • 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
  • 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 one hundred lively and diverse illustrations from twenty-two contemporary artists, a bibliography, and a list of helpful supplementary reading

New to this Edition:

  • More student-friendly, streamlined, and simplified coverage that presents the material in ten chapters plus a brief Appendix I (Digital Drawing) and an Appendix II (Contemporary Art: A Gallery of Drawings)
  • Simplified coverage of perspective focuses on key student issues in understanding and applying perspective to their own work
  • Improved introduction of basic concepts in four separate chapters instead of one: (1) Getting Started: Drawing with Line and The Process of Sighting; (2) The Principles of Composition; (3) Developing Value Structure and the Illusion of Volume; and (4) The Illusion of Space and Depth on a Flat Surface
  • Two discussions--"So You're Taking a Drawing Class!" and "Where to Begin"-- now precede Chapter 1, orienting beginning students to the course and offering tips on what to expect and how to get the most out of their study
  • New examples from students, contemporary artists, and master works
  • A new distinct chapter (7) on Artistic Anatomy provides additional and more detailed skeletal information