The appeal of drawing for beginning artists lies in its simplicity; without involving color, pencil and charcoal help artists focus on the absolute fundamentals of art. Reducing a subject to its most basic lines, shapes, and forms is both satisfying and essential for creating realistic representations on paper.


In this chapter, you’ll find information about the most important tools and materials in basic drawing, from paper and pencils to blenders and sharpening instruments. You’ll learn methods for developing your “artist’s eye,” such as contour drawing, gesture drawing, and sketching and you’ll learn how to block in objects and build ...

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