Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation

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Ideal for introductory studio art courses in drawing, Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation thoroughly covers the three drawing subcategories that are most important at the foundation level--basic drawing (non-subject specific), figure drawing, and perspective drawing--explaining clearly and in depth the elements that are essential to depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface.
Addressing and illustrating studio experiences that are not effectively dealt with in other drawing books, this unique text elucidates such fundamental (yet challenging) concepts and methods as the process of sighting; scaling techniques; meaningful and descriptive line variation; observation and development of tonal structure; creation of interesting and instructive still lifes; the conceptual impact of still-life objects; the unique challenges of the human figure and portraiture; basic and advanced perspective systems; brainstorming and the generation of ideas; and the use of photographs as reference. Throughout, award-winning artist, teacher, and author Deborah Rockman focuses on the cultivation of observational skills, increased sensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials.
Drawing Essentials further distinguishes itself from other texts on the market by including many high-quality student works drawn from Rockman's twenty-seven years of teaching experience, as well as carefully selected works from historical masters and numerous contemporary artists for whom drawing is a primary studio practice. In addition, Rockman provides students with invaluable practical material, including coverage of various traditional and nontraditional drawing media and surfaces and information on alternative processes that can be combined with drawing. Drawing Essentials also provides powerful examples of what more advanced students can accomplish with a strong foundation drawing background.
An exceptional, all-in-one, and affordable resource on drawing, figure drawing, and perspective, Drawing Essentials helps students to develop a thorough understanding of drawing fundamentals, which in turn will prepare them for more advanced experiences with drawing and the myriad possibilities that it offers.

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Deborah Rockman is a Professor in the Foundation and Fine Arts Faculty at Kendall College of Art and Design.

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"It has long been my wish that there could be one splendid text that a foundation art program could adopt and repeatedly use for each of its courses (a 'bible,' if you will). This one 'core text' would need to be both versatile and so clearly fundamental to a foundation art program that entire faculties could agree upon its use. Drawing Essentials seems like it may very well be the one."--Sandra Lee Starck, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


"The inclusion of student work provides examples that are often more accessible and attainable than the work of old masters or contemporary artists alone. Drawing Essentials has an exciting array of images from students and professionals alike, providing the introductory-level student with an important resource. . . . I am not aware of any other introductory-level textbook that has such thorough, in-depth coverage of visualization techniques."--Lari Gibbons, University of North Texas


"Rockman's text is excellent in the realm of hands-on, how-to drawing texts. It is written at a level that is easily comprehensible for the audience it is addressing. It is a book that does one thing exceptionally well: it teaches beginning students the fundamentals of drawing."--Karen Bondarchuk, Western Michigan University


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