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The bestselling classic updated and revised for a new generation
Portable, inexpensive, extremely versatile, and deceptively simple in design, the pencil, in the trained hand, gives rise to a veritably limitless array of strokes, contours, tones, and textures. For a quarter century, artists, architects, designers, and dabblers in the graphic arts have turned to Thomas Wang' s bestselling classic (100,000 copies sold) for their basic training in the art and science of pencil sketching. That' s because no other book covers so thoroughly, or with such clarity, economy, and grace the full spectrum of rudimentary and advanced pencil sketching techniques, from the basics of how to hold a pencil to the elements of composition, texture, line weight, and shading. Featuring nearly all new illustrations, and a valuable new chapter on sketching from memory. Pencil Sketching, Second Edition is sure to be the guide of choice for the next several generations of professionals and students.
Thomas Wang, MLA, ASLA (Lincoln, MA), is principal of Wang Associates International, a consulting firm specializing in landscape architecture and urban planning and design. He has taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Clearly explains the fundamental principles of pencil sketching and provides helpful examples of essential techniques on nearly every page. "Wang broadens the perspective of those practicing this technique. . .--Booklist. Illustrated.
The complete, classic guide to the art of pencil sketching
Portable. Erasable. Inexpensive. No other single drawing tool is as versatile as the pencil. Through the centuries, generations of artists have used it to work out ideas, study form, and develop fundamental skills that are crucial to an artist’s training.
Pencil Sketching has taught thousands of beginners the basic principles and techniques of pencil sketching. Carefully revised to meet the needs of today’s artists, this edition features easy-to-follow instructions, dozens of new illustrations, and more–everything you need to explore the amazing potential of the pencil and learn to sketch with confidence.
- Techniques: shading, texture, value, line, strokes . . .
- Materials: pencils, papers, accessories . . .
- Skills: observation, recording, composition, sketching from memory . . .
- Subjects: trees, landforms, water, architecture, cityscapes . . .
About the Author
Thomas Wang, MLA, ASLA, is principal of Wang Associates International, an international consulting firm specializing in landscape architecture, and planning and urban design. He has also taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT 7
3. TECHNIQUES 19
Holding the Pencil 19
Movement of the Hand 27
Lines and Strokes 31
4. SKETCHING 37
Observation and Recording 39
Landscape Sketching 41
Trees in the Foreground 51
Trees in the Background 52
Sketching the Cityscape 67
5. COMPOSITION 71
6. SKETCHING FROM MEMORY 85
7. EXAMPLES 91