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Keys to Drawing Paperback – 1 January 2013

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"This long-popular guide uses simple black-and-white pencil drawing illustrations to help beginners to develop their skills and dexterity through a series of short exercises." --Library Journal


"...a virtual dictionary of drawing and realted subjects, properly mixed and poured-out in a teaching sequence that works for artists of any age or skill level." --Draw Magazine

About the Author

Bert Dobson, a talented draftsman, painter, and illustrator, graduated from Arizona State University and later studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He then taught drawing and illustration for several years at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. He has illustrated more than 70 children's books, worked as an animation designer for the PBS series Intimate Strangers, and is the creator of the comic strip "Nuke."

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fw Media; Reprint edition (1 January 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0891343377
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0891343370
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 726 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 1.24 x 27.94 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 844 ratings

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Royd
5.0 out of 5 stars If you could buy just one learn to draw book....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you could buy just one learn to draw book....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2020
If you could buy only one learn to draw book, buy this one! It will revolutionise how you draw. Having always loved art, I went through 3/4 of my life believing I was crap and that I couldn't draw. This will give you the confidence to realise that like anything, drawing is a skill that needs practising and (b) you shouldn't care what anyone else thinks. And most importantly, anyone can draw, given the right instruction and given confidence. I like how in part of the book, you see student examples of a hand and realise when you have a go, you are up there with them in creating a nice first ever and achievable drawing of your own hand. I really love the idea of learning to draw the outline of things and leaving the mistakes in as part of the process of capturing what you want to draw. Money well spent! I don't care if no one likes my drawings. The point is that I love them and this book gave me the confidence to accept my own work and be happy with my standard.

And for the bad reviewers, maybe it's not everyone's style. I love pen and ink and sketchy watercolour paintings. I drew one of these with a stick from the garden. I like to see all my mistakes. It's about progression and learning to sketch before moving on the the bigger stuff.
This book teaches you the foundations or keys to drawing. It teaches you how to develop your own style or handwriting.

If you want a quick drawing program that teaches you how to copy someone else's style rather than loosening your hand up, creating your own handwriting or just giving you confidence, maybe look else where. The problem with many other books is when you realise you cannot aspire to being as good as the artist that produces them because you just haven't been taught all the skills or these book skip vital drawing skills. Additionally you have to keep practicing. These artists have been doing art for years. This book does not skip those steps! Good luck.
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Ceejay
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2018
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Smithy
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, exercise based tutorials to help you learn in easy steps
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 September 2020
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A.Darkly
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book about drawing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2020
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Hants
5.0 out of 5 stars I often incorporate ideas from Bert Dodson's books when I am teaching drawing to other artists.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2018
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