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Based on her own successful courses and workshops, Claire Watson Garcia's Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner gives novice artists the tools to make competent, often eloquent drawings.

Using a positive, accepting tone that teaches "how to find what works" as a practical skill, Garcia presents a series of progressive lessons that gradually introduces readers to essential drawing skills: recording edges; creating dimension; adding accuracy; developing and expanding values with pencil, pen, charcoal, Conte, and wash; balancing compositional elements; and drawing the human face, both frontal and profile views.

The goals set by each chapter are within the reach of every beginner, and satisfy and encourage readers by enabling them to create a reasonable likeness of an object and to give it the appearance of spatial depth. The book recreates a classroom setting by including artwork and tips for success from beginnind students who have worked on the same materil, which gives readers a realistic context in which to constructively assess their work and confirm their successes. Paperback, 160 pages, 230 black-and-white illustrations.
ISBN 0-8230-1395-2

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