Saturday, May 14, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Shortcuts & Artists' Secrets: Learn quick methods for creating realistic drawings (Drawing Made Easy)
Author: Diane Cardaci
Publisher: Walter Foster
Release Date: February 2011
Inside this helpful guide, accomplished artist Diane Cardaci guides readers through several shortcuts to drawing—from projecting and using the grid method to utilizing a computer. A step-by-step project accompanies each shortcut, so readers can test out the methods firsthand. The book also features an in-depth section on troubleshooting, teaching readers effective ways to grapple with the most common problems a beginner will encounter, such as establishing accurate proportions and values.
About the Author
Diane Cardaci was classically trained at the Art Students League of New York City, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been published by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as by major textbook companies such as Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. She is a Signature member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, and has contributed writing for the organization’s publications. Diane is also a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Illustrator’s Partnership of America.
Shortcuts & Artists' Secrets: Learn quick methods for creating realistic drawings (Drawing Made Easy) offers tips, techniques and shortcuts for beginners to learn how to draw people, animals, landscapes and still life. The lessons in the book will help you to understand how to draw subjects quickly and accurately. Learn how to measure proportions, block in and speed sketch.
Each of the step by step instructions are given for the basics of drawing. This book includes advice on materials and tips on using them. The step by step instructions build up detailed sketches and drawings.