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Life Drawing in Charcoal

by Dover


This unique guide offers a bold, innovative approach to drawing from life. Instead of teaching the traditional method of building up a drawing from lines, leaving mass and tone for later, noted art instructor Douglas R. Graves takes precisely the opposite tack. The student is encouraged to begin seeing and thinking in terms of tonal masses immediately. This approach enables students to draw quickly and accurately without the need for line drawing first. The author compares it to learning to paint with charcoal. Step-by-step demonstrations and over 200 of the author's own drawings offer inspiration and practical guidance in the technique. You'll learn how to see tonal quality, how to key a drawing, how to translate color into black and white, and learn valuable techniques for keeping the figure from looking stiff. Other topics include the role of alignment in achieving proper proportions, foreshortening, male and female figure distinctions, the use of modeling to achieveadded dimension, drawing the face, positioning the figure, and many other aspects of life drawing. Paperback, 176 pages.
ISBN 486282686 Dover


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This drawing method is perfect for lovers of charcoal, and especially if you want "realistic" drawings. This book has been around for some time but is still revolutionary in that it teaches you mass...[more]

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Rated by: Kevyn R. in Hot Springs, AR
This drawing method is perfect for lovers of charcoal, and especially if you want "realistic" drawings. This book has been around for some time but is still revolutionary in that it teaches you mass drawing first leaving line for last. So you tend to get 3 dimensional results fast just using shading and deletion techniques, wiping away the charcoal, much like in sculpture. Such a fun book, I am glad Dover republished a larger edition. I might add also that the book is of highest quality and even has an index. A must have for life drawing fans!

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