William McLean Kerr's Guide to Drawing


By William McLean Kerr

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Our need to draw is as primal as our need for air. From the moment we became aware of the world around us we've sought some way of capturing it in our mind's eye. What has often stopped us however is the lack of the skill necessary to do so and a dearth of time to acquire it. William McLean Kerr's interactive guide to drawing solves both these problems at a stroke. With 230 pages packed with over 230 original, detailed illustrations and backed by 48 in-text pop-ups and over two dozen Expert Tips on drawing William McLean Kerr's Guide to Drawing is nothing short of a one-stop masterclass on the subject. Assuming nothing, explaining everything with detailed step-by-step illustrations, the author takes you through the foundations of good drawing practise, teaching you, in the process, all you need to start drawing anything you want. Perspective, Line Drawing, Sketching, drawing scenery, still-life, photographs and portraits, all are covered in an accessible, practical way that allows you to progress at your own pace. Fully interactive, with dozens of hyperlinks and full Search & Find capability, printable pages and the high-level of navigability you have come to expect from each of our publications this is a title that will take you from Beginner to Pro in the shortest possible time. Whether you want to sketch, do line drawing, work on portraits or even draw from photographs (and some of the most notable masters in history have done this), you will need to get to grips with the underlying theory upon which all drawing is based. This leaves you with two choices: The first one is joining a reputable art course and spending the required time learning how to draw. The second is a lot less time-consuming and just as satisfying: You work your way through William McLean Kerr's comprehensive guide to drawing. In eighteen chapters William McLean Kerr covers it all: From learning all about perspective to deciding on the best angle to draw an object from, to learning how to 'see through' objects and compose pictures which are truly stunning. In the process he throws in the kind of expert tips, asides and shortcuts you'd expect to pick up only if you've spent time labouring at the side of a master of his craft. Learn to: - Draw different sizes while retaining proportions - Create a sense of perspective - Use negative space - Think about composition, creating dramatic drawings from otherwise 'flat' scenes. - Add texture, light and shade to your drawings to make them come to life. - Draw portraits, scenes and objects directly from photographs. - Crop, use creative angles and approach a drawing like an artist. - Apply the principles of drawing you learn on anything you see around you. - Think ahead of your drawing and decide on positioning, composition and angle of view for a fantastic final result.
William McLean Kerr's Guide to Drawing