How to Draw book by Mike Sibley - drawing tips, tutorials, techniques, demonstrations and much more...
How-to-draw: Graphite Pencil Drawing book by Mike Sibley with drawing tutorials and demonstrations, and much more...
  • Foreword by renowned artist David Shepherd
  • Over 280 pages of pencil drawing tips, tutorials, demonstrations and much more...
  • More than 625 illustrations
  • Tools, techniques, methods
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • For the Novice and Advanced student
  • From pure line drawing through to near-reality
Based on Mike's experience of over 30 years as a professional artist and graphite pencil specialist.
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If you're a graphite artist or an artist who wants to learn more about how to construct a drawing, a book like this is a jewel. This is the book I have been waiting for... a book where a life-long artist performs a magical brain-dump into a format where you can reference it your whole life. So, if you were on the fence about this book think about it this way: this book can help you perfect your craft for a lifetime and amounts to a night out to a restaurant and a few drinks. Now ask yourself, which is going to stay with you after you wake up the next day?
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Section 1...
Read eminent and renowned artist David Shepherd's foreword to Drawing From Line To Life.
Line to Life
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An introductory explanation of the sections of the book and the many different ways of working.
The different types and grades of pencil available and hints on their uses. Erasers, indenting tools, sharpeners, blending tools, hand-guards, paper types and brands, and more...
Line drawing
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How to draw using line to describe the edges, outlines and internal features of a variety of subjects. Learn to see the basic building blocks within an object, which will greatly simplify its construction. And more...
Tone drawing
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Also known as 'Value drawing'. Drawing without using line and depending purely on tone, and interpreting what you see in terms of tonal values and textures. Includes many different methods.
The different types of eraser and how to use them. How to draw with an eraser, and effects that erasers can achieve. Kneadable erasers, Blu-Tack, vinyl art erasers techniques and more...
How to blend and layer graphite and when to use which method. Features a variety of techniques with demonstrations.
Make your own stylus or use available tools. Direct and indirect indenting, when and how to use it - and when not to - with working examples.
Step-by-step 1
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See the drawing of young Charlotte in twenty five stages with notes written at the time - the triumphs and trials!

Section 2...
Fooling the brain
part 1

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Negative space and other ways to fool your brain into letting you work without its interruption, and how to properly perceive what you see.

Working from photos
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Tips, tricks and the many uses you can make of photography. How and when to use photos as reference sources and how not to let them dictate content.

Negative Drawing
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A comprehensive look at drawing in negative. A technique that allows you to break your drawings down into manageable sections and layers, and one that protects the white of you paper until you decide to add tone or not.
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How to see and construct one and two point perspective. Also includes more advanced techniques such as ground plane perspective.
Light and Shade
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The Laws of light and how they dictate shades and shadows - and how to lie effectively if the Laws don't suit your situation. Includes the description and use of all shadow types.
Fooling the brain
part 2

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How to fool your viewer's brain by making it see more detail than is actually present. Includes many useful tips, tricks and techniques.

Transfer techniques
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The many and varied methods you can choose to transfer your sketches and plans to your final drawing surface - or to transfer them directly from source material. Covers gridding, projection, tracing and much more...

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How to prepare your drawing before you begin. Includes concept drawing, sourcing, planning ahead, composing with multiple sources, etc...
Step-by-step 2
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See the drawing of a Tortoiseshell cat unfold in twenty five stages with notes written at the time - warts and all!

Section 3...
Drawing Ellipses
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How to draw true ellipses by eye, and common errors to avoid. Also includes how to draw very large ellipses on any surface from drawing paper to walls.
Drawing Textures
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Explains the basics of reproducing textures in general with a selection of demonstrations - brick, textiles, wood, and more...
Drawing Reflections
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What to look for when drawing reflective surfaces and how to turn your findings into believable interpretations. From classic cars and ceramics to water.

Drawing Foliage
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How to draw background, midground and foreground foliage from grass and weeds to bushes and trees. With demonstrations of techniques.
Drawing Hair
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An in-depth look at the drawing of many different types of hair and fur. The techniques are applicable to humans and animals alike. What to look for, and how to interpret and draw it.
Drawing Features
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The basics of drawing eyes, noses and other facial features. With an explanation of the many different eye types and shapes from horses to humans.

Section 4...
Putting it all together
Step-by-step 3

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Follow one of Mike's drawings, produced especially for this book, from concept to completion. Features Maisie, his Parson Jack Russell pup.

A comprehensive, cross-linked index, makes this book as much a reference source as a drawing tutor.

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