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Life Drawing in Charcoal

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Life Drawing in Charcoal Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"The guidance to be found within these covers reflects the author's inspired ability as a teacher and artist of the highest magnitude. It is probably the finest book on the subject of drawing the human form that I have ever seen."—Irving Shapiro, A.W.S., Director, American Academy of Art

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 till 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 a 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 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 achieve added dimension, drawing the face, positioning the figure, and many other aspects of life drawing.

For students of drawing—beginner to expert—this book is an invaluable guide not just to drawing from life but to the essential principles of observation, composition, and draftsmanship that underlie all successful drawing and painting. It belongs in the library of every artist. For this edition, the author has revised previous chapters and added a new one on "Different Modes of Charcoal."

Revised and enlarged Dover (1994) republication of the work published by Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1971.

Synopsis:

Rather than building up a drawing from lines, this innovative method encourages students to begin with tonal masses.  Suitable for experts as well as beginners, its step-by-step demonstrations feature over 200 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Rather than building up a drawing from lines, this innovative art instruction manual encourages students to begin with tonal masses. Suitable for experts as well as beginners, its step-by-step drawing lessons feature over 200 illustrations. Topics include foreshortening, use of modeling to achieve added dimension, facial features, and other aspects of life drawing.

Synopsis:

Innovative method of drawing by tonal masses. Step-by-step demonstrations, with over 200 illustrations, cover foreshortening, drawing the face, and other aspects.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PROJECT 1. Materials and Exercises

  Charcoal

  Erasers

  Blenders

  Paper

  Fixative

  Exercises

PROJECT 2. Seeing Tonal Quality

  Single Light Effect

  Tones and Their Relationships

  Learning to See the Tonal World

PROJECT 3. The Difference Between Lines and Edges

  A New Way to Observe

  Defining Terms

  Using the Middle Tone

PROJECT 4. Objects As They Are

  Lifting Out Lights

  Thinking About What You See

  The Mind's Influence on the Eye

PROJECT 5. The Traditional Use of Plaster Cast Figures

  Charcoal as a Study Medium

  Squinting to Compare Tones

PROJECT 6. Keying A Drawing

  The Value Scale

  Value Keys

  Interpreting Tones and Their Values

PROJECT 7. Translating Color to Black and White

  Judging Color Intensity and Tone

  Light and Shadow with Color

PROJECT 8. Some Basic Figure Proportions

  Two Goals of Life Study

  Establishing Proportions

  Staying Loose and Free

"PROJECT 9. Keeping The Figure From Looking "Stiff"

  Examining Parts of the Body

  "Movements of the Spine, Shoulders, and Hips"

  The Expression of Action

PROJECT 10. Seeing Large Tonal Masses

  Mass Versus Detail

  Simple Statements in Tone

  Staying Within the Large Tone

PROJECT 11. Allignments: Constructive Aids to Correct Proportions

  Checking Relationships by Alignment

  Aligning by Triangulation

  Using Lines for Construction

  Estimating Contour Angles

PROJECT 12. The Recling Figure

  Using a Measuring Device

  Proportioning Problems

PROJECT 13. Foreshortening

  Foreshortening as Body Perspective

  "Drawing What You "See"

PROJECT 14. Idealization or Interpretation

  Copying the Figure

  Two Creative Directions

PROJECT 15. Why Study Anatomy?

  The Burden of Anatomical Study

  "Seeing" First - Anatomy Second"

PROJECT 16. Male and Female Figure Distinctions

  Comparison of Anatomical Differences

  Some Standard Proportions

  "Fat Deposits, Subcuaneous Prominences, and Hair"

PROJECT 17. Negative Shapes

  Seeing Negative Shapes

  Using the Grid

  Tone Mosaics

PROJECT 18. Two Sources of Light

  Values and Secondary Lights

  Reflected Light and Double Contrast

  Geometric Poses

PROJECT 19. A Tour of the Life Class

  Working over the Whole Figure

  Seeing Larger Tone Masses

  Preconceptions and Figure Distortions

  Preoccupation with Detail

  Self-Concepts and Figure Relationships

PROJECT 20. Controlling Edges

  Textural Qualities of Edges

  Making Hard and Soft Edges

"PROJECT 21. Scupturing, Modeling, and Rhythm"

  Modeling for Added Dimension

  Rhythm and Composition

  Constant and Progressive Rhythms

PROJECT 22. Movement and Muscles

  Controlled Falling

  The Moving Figure

  Arm and Leg Movements

"PROJECT 23. Drawing the Face, Head, and Hands"

  Placement of Facial Details

PROJECT 24. Different Modes of Charcoal Rendering

PROJECT 25. Composing a Figure On a Page

PROJECT 26. Mass Drawing in Fast Action Poses

  Warming-up with Quick Sketches

  Contour and Gesture Sketches

  Making Lines with Tonal Media

PROJECT 27. Line Drawing: A Bonus from the Mass Approach

  Expressing Light and Shadow in Line

  Tonal Drawing as a Step to Line

A Final Word

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486282688
Author:
Graves, Douglas R.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Graves, Douglas R.
Author:
Art Instruction
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
Anatomy, artistic
Subject:
Charcoal drawing
Subject:
Drawing - General
Subject:
Techniques - Drawing
Subject:
Art - Drawing
Subject:
Art -- Instruction.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Art Instruction
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19941131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
11 x 8.25 in 1.11 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Rather than building up a drawing from lines, this innovative method encourages students to begin with tonal masses.  Suitable for experts as well as beginners, its step-by-step demonstrations feature over 200 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Rather than building up a drawing from lines, this innovative art instruction manual encourages students to begin with tonal masses. Suitable for experts as well as beginners, its step-by-step drawing lessons feature over 200 illustrations. Topics include foreshortening, use of modeling to achieve added dimension, facial features, and other aspects of life drawing.
"Synopsis" by ,
Innovative method of drawing by tonal masses. Step-by-step demonstrations, with over 200 illustrations, cover foreshortening, drawing the face, and other aspects.
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