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How to Draw What You See Kindle Edition
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Magic Realist Drawing Techniques. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004KABDZ2
- Publisher : Watson-Guptill; 35th Anniversary ed. edition (7 September 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 5689 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These days I am more interested in the third of the book that concerns painting but am quite happy to go back to the basics of drawing with De Reyna too . There is always something to learn and his explanation of perspective is one of the clearest and least confusing that I have found. For what it's worth, I still feel De Reyna's books are not suitable for complete beginners. (A beginner will need to glean what you can from it and then put it away for later. ) I feel that they were aimed at students who were already rigorously schooled in sketching and drawing and were wanting to advance to a career in illustration. However I don't see this as a big deal since no one book is going to give you everything you need.
One of my favourite teaching painters is marvellous at everything except skies, another does superb skies but unconvincing figures and one who is good at nearly everything uses a colour palette that I dislike, so I have tried to learn from the areas I believe that they excel at and disregard the rest. Being a painter means being an eternal student as there will always be struggles and failures along the way which teach you a lot (and gives you plenty of scrap paper to doodle on the back of.)
The materials De Reyna suggests need to be changed to more modern alternatives like multi-media paper and Bristol Board and you dont have to follow this book slavishly in method or materials. (I think I originally lost interest when it came to exercises using charcoal which I have never liked using due to fixative allergy, and it never occurred to me to use something else. ) His approach of sorting out all the problems of tone, shape, composition and perspective before you even think of using colour in a painting is one that has stayed with me though and has prevented a lot of frustration and false starts. As far as I am concerned anything that shows the work underlying a piece should be lauded and encouraged as it dispels the idea painters have had a magic wand waved over them in the cradle.
I do recommend this book as a classic work of commonsensical instruction in realism that covers a lot of useful topics.
However, I found the book to be very basic. The first few chapters looked promising as they teach how to draw by observing and conveying the basic shapes (cube, sphere...) and building up images from there but so many fundamental skills are missing. In one chapter you're led through the steps of doing a line drawing and the next chapter the author's showing you a fully rendered image that you're supposed to be able to imitate but with no demonstration of how to reach this stage.
I am returning this book and will do more research on better books before purchasing an alternative.