Synopses & Reviews
Both experienced and aspiring artists can benefit from this practical guide, which shows how to portray rustic settings from rural England to the American Southwest. Recalling the style of Eric Sloane, more than 400 detailed illustrations trace the steps from composition drawings to final sketches. Includes fundamentals for drawing trees, rocks, buildings, mountains, lakes, and other scenic elements.
Both experienced and aspiring artists can benefit from this practical guide. More than 400 detailed illustrations include fundamentals for drawing trees, rocks, buildings, mountains, lakes, and other scenic elements.
About the Author
A Detroit-based industrial electronics engineer, Frank Lohan turned his lifelong interest in sketching and painting into a career in teaching adult classes in art.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Tools and Materials Basic Tools and Materials Pens and Inks Pencils Erasers Papers Working area2. Techniques Basic Guidelines Pencil Techniques Pen Techniques Copying, Enlarging, or Reducing Using a Grid Overlay Transferring Your Drawing3. Perspective Shortcuts About Perspective The Horizon One-point Perspective Two-point Perspective Adjusting the Vanishing Points4. Backgrounds, Composition, and Drawing techniques Background and Middle Grounds Pairing Subjects with Backgrounds Creating a Center of Interest When to Stop Drawing Different Techniques: Practice Exercises5. Drawing Rocks and Stone Walls Basic Structures The Shapes of Rocks On-the-Spot Sketches A Stone Quarry Foreground and Background Rocks Drawing Stone and Brick Walls Underground Stone Chamber6. Drawing Wood and Wooden Things Basic Structure Drawing Rough-barked Trees Drawing Smooth-barked Trees Drawing a Pine Close Up Drawing Light Barns and Dark Barns Drawing Board and Batten Siding Drawing a Wooden Door from Different Distances A Stylized Approach to Drawing a Wooden Barn7. Drawing Lakes, Streams, and Waterfalls Basic Structure Drawing a Rocky River Ocean Waves Reflections in Water Waterfall Tying it All Together in One Study8. Sketching in the Southwestern U.S. Basic Structures Sketching an Adobe Building Sketching Large Rock Formations A Pima Indian Dwelling An Old Mission Texas Aqueduct Using Photographs The Alamo Abandoned Mine Railway An Old Arizona Farm Wagon Pencil Vignettes9. Sketching Mountain Countrysides Basic Structures A Four-Tone Snowy Mountain Scene The Rocky Mountains Near Aspen Vignettes A Mountain Rain Forest Scene A Mountain Barn Three Studies of an Idaho Cabin Echo Rock, Mount Rainier10. Sketching Rural North America Basic Structures Homestead at Cades Cove The Bales Place Near Gatlinburg The Mill at Glades Creek A Covered Crib at Cades Cove A Pennsylvania Barn Old Wooden Barn An Old Manure Spreader A Farmland Stream A Covered Bridge A Unique Barn A Wooden Mill Wheel11. Sketching the English Countryside Basic Structures Sketching English Gardens Sketching English Country Churches Sketching Castles Sketching Stone Circles Sketching at Lee Bay Sketching Thatched Roofs12. A Parting WordBibliographyIndex