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This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier
than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!
Authors
Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner)
cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold
your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting
proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing
strong compositions. (It's not as scary as it sounds…not with Mark
and Mary as your guide!)
At the heart of this book, a series of
fun, hands-on exercises help you practice and perfect your
strokes—24 mini-demos lead up to 9 full step-by-step demos. Each
exercise builds on the previous one as you develop your skills, build
your confidence, and enjoy yourself along the way. The lessons you learn
by drawing simple subjects such as coffee mugs, clouds and trees will
help you take on progressively more challenging matter like animals,
still lifes, landscapes and portraits…the kinds of subjects and
scenes you've always dreamt of drawing.
This book is just the
ticket for budding artists of any age. It's never too early and never
too late to discover the pure joy of drawing!

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Reviews for Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner):

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Mar 19, 2014

Though I agree with other reviewers that this book isn't exactly for the absolute beginner, it does go over some helpful points such as seeing forms, measuring, value drawing, etc. I particularly enjoy the section which shows you how different way of shading and drawing textures, eg. how to control yours strokes so that they look textures of a tree, rooftop, grass. Overall, good drawing book for people who have attempted to draw for fun or doodle in the past.
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Jul 20, 2011

الكتاب عبارة عن مبادىء و تقنيات فى الرسم لكل مبتدىء و من لديه اهتمام بالرسم


فى البداية يوضح الكتاب الأدوات المستخدمة فى الرسم من أقلام و أدوات وأوراق و اللوحات والمحايات ( الاستيكة يعنى
:D ) ..

فى الفصل الأول يوضح الكاتب الفرق بين ( الاسكتش ) والرسم العادى وطرق الامساك بالقلم و بعض التدريبات البسيطة للاسكتشات

الفصل الثانى عبارة عن مبادىء للرسم الجيد .. عن طريق استخدام الأشكال الأساسية فى الرسم أى تقسيم أى شكل تراه الى مربعات أو مثلثات ( على حسب كل رسمه ) للتسهيل >> عجبتنى الطريقه دى
و قياس الكتاب عبارة عن مبادىء و تقنيات فى الرسم لكل مبتدىء و من لديه اهتمام بالرسم


فى البداية يوضح الكتاب الأدوات المستخدمة فى الرسم من أقلام و أدوات وأوراق و اللوحات والمحايات ( الاستيكة يعنى
:D ) ..

فى الفصل الأول يوضح الكاتب الفرق بين ( الاسكتش ) والرسم العادى وطرق الامساك بالقلم و بعض التدريبات البسيطة للاسكتشات

الفصل الثانى عبارة عن مبادىء للرسم الجيد .. عن طريق استخدام الأشكال الأساسية فى الرسم أى تقسيم أى شكل تراه الى مربعات أو مثلثات ( على حسب كل رسمه ) للتسهيل >> عجبتنى الطريقه دى
و قياس النسب و نأتى بعد ذلك الى تقنية مهمة و هى المناظير الخطية يوضح الكاتب فيها نقط التلاشى للرسم والخطوط الأفقية و ما يندرج تحتها >> عموما معرفتش اطبقها اوى :)

الفصل الثالث عبارة عن رسم القيم والظلال وكيفية صنع مقياس للقيمة لمقارنتها مع المشهد الذى ترسمه

الفصل الرابع عبارة تدريبات لممارسة التقنيات ويطبقها الكاتب على عدة أشكال :الصخور والأحجار والأشجار و الطائرات والقطارات و الحيوانات و جسم الانسان .. الخ

الفصل الخامس عبارة عن تأليف وتركيب للرسوم >> لم استفد منه استفادة حقيقية

الفصل السادس عبارة عن تطبيق للكتاب وهو ملىء بالأشكال وكيفية رسمها


الكتاب مفيد الى حد ما .. لكن يؤخذ عليه عدم توضيح بعض الخطوات النهائية لاكمال الرسوم والأشكال الموجودة فى الكتاب ...more
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Sep 11, 2017

Good for the very Beginner

Let me begin by stating that I am a fairly decent hobby artist that has been self taught in all my endeavors. That being said, over the years I have found many good art books that were "for beginners" that really were a bit more advanced than the title would make you believe. This is not one of those books.

The book was a simple step-by-step kind of guide for those that want to make the journey from the awkward cartoonish drawings we learn as children to a more realistic Good for the very Beginner

Let me begin by stating that I am a fairly decent hobby artist that has been self taught in all my endeavors. That being said, over the years I have found many good art books that were "for beginners" that really were a bit more advanced than the title would make you believe. This is not one of those books.

The book was a simple step-by-step kind of guide for those that want to make the journey from the awkward cartoonish drawings we learn as children to a more realistic and satisfying sketch of items around you in the world. It truly is a beginner book and the bare bones to beginning sketches with observation.

I personally gathered no new information reading this; but I do not think giving a poor rating would be fair since it was decently written and had plenty of example pictures along the way. Just giving others like myself a fair warning. ...more
5

Dec 31, 2014

very useful

Really useful book, with plenty of illustrated examples. Very handy guide, especially for beginners like me. Needless to say, practice, practice, practice!
4

Feb 22, 2018

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the exercises and I also liked the tips about how to draw grass, rock, stone walls, wooden fence, an planner, car. I think I under stand more about perspective. And the horizon line. Now I just need to draw more. No problem.
4

Dec 17, 2016

I really liked this book. My husband is an artist so my reading this book drove him nuts. However, a lot of the exercises helped me improve my sketches and my hubby approved. Next up, still life practice.....
3

Jun 03, 2018

Wasn't for the Absolute Beginners. This book will help you when you learn how to be satisfied with your drawings. Definitely not for the beginner who is at first stage because it doesn't have basic or very basic part.

Top of all, it can help you in some way.
4

Feb 17, 2018

This book is full of really helpful info for drawing!!!I recommend it to anyone who sketches for fun.
5

May 31, 2015

Finally a beginner book with detail!

I have been looking for a beginner drawing book that contained detailed explanations and step by step progressive instruction - Drawing for the Absolute beginner is what I have been looking for. Great information on shading and perspective. I like that I can draw along with the lessons. This book will stay in my reference section.
5

Jul 26, 2015

I like the detail explaining helps me under stand what I am doing. Thank you

I would prefer this a friend artist very informative instructions n demo to see it being done.
Very good work.
4

Nov 29, 2014

I go back to this book time and again as I'm learning how to draw. I find it quite a valuable resource for a beginner like me.
4

Jul 26, 2016

This book was good. It just wasn't what I was looking for at this time. So I skimmed the book. It had some very useful info in it.
4

Jan 22, 2017

The book is good. It illustrate the basic principles of drawing and is very easy to follow .
5

Jan 20, 2017

Easy to follow

Very easy to follow. This is very doable. I knew absolutely nothing about drawing before I read this book. I love it!

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