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Drawing for Dummies (For Dummies)by Brenda Hoddinott
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On a simple piece of paper, a fierce bird of prey can swoop down upon its terrified victim, an adoring father can share laughter with the infant daughter cradled in his arms, raindrops can glisten on the hood of a vintage sports car, a lightening bolt can cut across the night, offering a glimpse of trees ominously silhouetted against the blackness. Drawing can enrich your life in extraordinary and unexpected ways. Drawing your everyday experiences can change how you and others see the world, while drawing from imagination can give rise to fantastic new worlds. And, despite what you may believe, it’s something just about anyone can learn to do.
Drawing For Dummies offers you a fun, easy way to learn drawing basics. Its author, professional illustrator and long-time art educator Brenda Hoddinott, has a simple philosophy—that only you can teach you to draw. With that in mind, she arms you with the tools you need to explore the basics and then coaches you through 30 hands-on drawing projects. You'll quickly
Brenda helps you tune into your right brain and see the world as an artist does. You’ll discover how to break things down into basic lines and shapes and then reassemble them on the page. Other topics covered include:
It’s never too late to unleash the artist within. Let Drawing For Dummies put you on the road of discovery and self-expression through drawing.
Drawing is a skill that you can take with you anywhere--and it lasts a lifetime! Drawing For Dummies tells you how to render anything that catches your eye, including your family and friends, nature, and cityscapes. Brenda Hoddinott, a self-taught artist, shares her decades of drawing experience through step-by-step instructions online drawing, perspective, and shading, among other techniques. She also provides scores of helpful drawings that show how you can turn your vision into reality. Brenda Hoddinott (Nova Scotia, Canada) is a visual artist, graphic designer, portraitist, forensic artist, (in conjunction with Canada's Royal Mounted Police), and professional illustrator. Ms. Hoddinott is a teacher of both adult art education and pre-school art classes. In 1998, Brenda established Hoddinott Fine Art, an art publishing company. In September 2000, Brenda launched her second Web site, "Fine Art Education," which offers free downloadable and printable drawing classes featuring Brenda's unique style of drawing. Students of all ages, levels and abilities have praised the simple step-by-step instructional approach. She is the recipient of over twenty prestigious awards from both provincial and regional art competitions.
Hone your drawing skills with 30 hands-on projects
Discover how to draw still-lifes, landscapes, animals, people, and more!
Worried that you dont have enough talent to be an artist? Relax! All it takes is some practice and the tips and techniques youll find in this friendly guide. Beginning with the very basics lines, shape, shading, textures, perspective artist Brenda Hoddinott shows you how to draw just about anything, from flower petals to a childs eye.
The Dummies Way
About the Author
Brenda Hoddinott is a portraitist, graphic designer, and professional illustrator. She has taught both adult education and pre-school art classes and runs an art education Web site.
Table of Contents
Part I: YOU Can Draw!
Chapter 1: Discovering the Joys of Drawing.
Chapter 2: Nurturing the Artist within You.
Chapter 3: Navigating Your Drawing Journey.
Part II: Exercising the Basic Skills.
Chapter 4: Seeing as an Artist.
Chapter 5: Seeing and Drawing Lines.
Chapter 6: Exploring the Third Dimension.
Chapter 7: Adding Life with Shading.
Chapter 8: Identifying and Rendering Textures.
Chapter 9: Investigating Fresh Perspectives.
Part III: Time to Start Drawing.
Chapter 10: Planning Your Drawings.
Chapter 11: Recording Your Life in a Sketchbook.
Chapter 12: Drawing on Your Memories.
Chapter 13: Setting up to Draw Still Life.
Chapter 14: Saving the Joy of Flowers and Trees.
Chapter 15: Documenting the World Outside.
Chapter 16: Capturing Critters in Drawings.
Part IV: Drawing People.
Chapter 17: Baby, Look at You Now.
Chapter 18: Celebrating Childhood’s Innocence.
Chapter 19: The Many Faces of Adults.
Chapter 20: Enjoying the Lighter Sides of Faces.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Tips, Hints, and Secrets.
Chapter 22: Ten Steps to Completing a Drawing.
Chapter 23: Ten More Fun Projects.
Chapter 24: Ten Tidbits of Artsy Info.
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