Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing by Deborah RockmanDrawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing by Deborah Rockman

Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to Drawing

byDeborah Rockman

Paperback | February 11, 2016

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Ideal for introductory through advanced studio art courses in drawing, Drawing Essentials thoroughly addresses the most significant foundational drawing techniques: basic drawing, figure drawing, and perspective drawing. With a focus on the cultivation of observational skills, increasedsensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials, this text clearly explains the essentials of depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface.
Deborah Rockman is Professor of Art in the BFA and MFA drawing programs at Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University.
Title:Drawing Essentials: A Complete Guide to DrawingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190209526

ISBN - 13:9780190209520

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Table of Contents

1. Essential Skills and Information: What Every Student Should Know About Drawing- Sighting and the Use of a Sighting Stick- The Principles of Composition: Theory versus Application- The Golden Section- Line Variation and Sensitivity- Working with Value Structure- The Illusion of Space and Depth on a Two-Dimensional Surface- The Technique of Scaling to Determine Accurate Size Relationships- Creating an Effective Still Life2. Spatial Thinking and Visualization: The Essential Principles of Perspective Drawing- An Introduction to Perspective- The Terminology of Perspective- Perspective and Cubes- Using Perspective Grids- Increasing Complexity in the Perspective Environment- Constructing Ellipses in One-Point and Two-Point Perspective3. Advanced Perspective Techniques- Taking Perspective to the Next Level- Mathematically Precise Cubes in Two-Point Perspective- Using Measuring Lines for Equal and Unequal Divisions of an Area- Inclined Planes in Perspective- Geometric Solids and Transparent Construction- Three-Point Perspective- Suggested Perspective Exercises4. Essential Drawing Principles in Relation to the Human Figure- The Human Figure- Gesture Drawing or Rapid Contour Drawing- Enhancing the Illusion of Volume and Space in the Human Form- An Introduction to Portraiture- Mapping the Figure in Space- The Figure and Anatomy5. Color Theory and Application- Understanding Color- The Spatial and Volumetric Effects of Color- Hints For Observing and Recording Color- Drawing with Color Media- Colored Pencils- Pastels- Oil Pastels- Some Final Thoughts About Working with Color6. Developing Ideas, Resolving Problems, and Evaluating Results- Ideation: Generating Ideas- Diagnosing Problems in Your Work- Intentions versus Results- The Importance of Critiques- Key Questions for Critiquing Work7. Drawing Materials and Processes- Media and Materials for Drawing- Transfer Techniques Combined with DrawingAppendix: Contemporary Art: A Gallery of Drawings

Editorial Reviews

"This text is very comprehensive without being overwhelming and provides excellent student work examples for my students to emulate. It hits on all the important topics that are not always covered in drawing texts, including color theory, figure anatomy, and perspective." --Scott Wakefield, Community College of Aurora