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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Basics Illustrated (Complete Idiot's Guide to) [Paperback]

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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2006
Publisher   Alpha
ISBN  1592575471  
EAN  9781592575473  

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Provides step-by-step instruction in the tools and techniques of the artist's trade, discussing diverse drawing formats and covering the use of shading, light, perspective, and dimension.

Publishers Description
An all-new, step-by-step guide to moving beyond the stick figure.

With more than 400 illustrations, this guide teaches beginning artists how to use the tools of the trade and then guides them stroke by stroke through various drawing formats. Readers learn how to render the objects they see, as well as things from their own imaginations through effective use of shading, light, perspective, dimension, and many others techniques. The book also includes coverage of drawing mediums and the geometry of drawing.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank Fradella s work includes the fantasy adventure novel, "Valley of Shadows." His most recent releases include "Vespertine" 1912 and "Swan Song." His short story, The Ritual of Vesta, was voted the Best Short Fiction 2004 in the Preditors & Editors Poll, and his award-winning poetry volume, "Dead Things," has been taught in high schools here and abroad. He is also the founder and president of iHero Entertainment, whose illustrated prose magazine, "Cyber Age Adventures," has won numerous awards including the Writer s Digest Grand Prize and the Preditors & Editors Award for Best Fiction Magazine 2004."

Frank Fradella currently resides in the state of Florida.

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made me just jump in and draw!  Apr 12, 2008
i have a huge stack of instructional drawing books... some better than others. i realize that everyone has a different learning style, but this particular book just inspired me to jump in without abandon and without "overthinking" things (which i tend to do), so this was a great approach for me.

the style is really casual, as well as the author's artistic style. some of his drawings are almost "advanced doodles," but in copying them, i felt it gave me freedom to just try and draw like this as well... and not get so bogged down in detail and trying to tackle too much at once.

it gave me a lot of confidence to draw people, also, which i initially thought would be daunting. he breaks down the features of the face in a really great way... not anatomically, but just basic points and observations to keep in mind when drawing an eye or lips, for example. his pointers have really stuck with me, and got me hooked on drawing!
This text lacks a friendly feel  Dec 15, 2006
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Basics Illustrated
(Complete Idiot's Guide to)
by Frank Fradella

When I review DRAWING books, the first question I ask is, "Is this for BEGINNERS?" Because I feel an obligation to the book buyer to provide good information, and also to prevent a beginning student from being discouraged, and feeling that they are defective, or ....just cannot get it.

It does not seem to occur to the buyer that many authors just cannot teach. Instinct seems to suggest that that if book gets published, it must contain credible instruction by someone who knows how to teach. It may seem surprising that this is just not so. Perhaps as many as half of all drawing books are not very good for beginners. I know. I've gotten familiar with most of the books on the market, and I know what I'm looking for in good instruction.

For example, take the current text under consideration. Upon opening the book and flipping through the pages, there is a small amount of illustration on most of the pages, but primarily, the communication is through "wordy" explanations. This gives the entire book a "cold" feel. I do not doubt that all the usual "technical" data is there, but good beginner drawing books teach by showing DRAWINGS, not by wordy paragraph after wordy paragraph.

There are so many books on the market that make learning HOW-TO-DRAW less intimidating and a less intellectual activity that they should be sought out.

Finally, the reader should know that the better books typically cost between $7.95 and $12.95. Paying the list price for this book, $18.95 should cause hesitation.

The Book for People who say they can't Draw  Oct 14, 2006
I've been waiting for a book like this forever. Seriously,this is THE BOOK for anyone who wants to draw but is afraid they have no ability. Author Fradella provides tons of illustrative examples with a great sense of humor to teach the basics ideas of how to draw.(Which is a refreshing change from all these books on drawing that are too word intensive and don't provide enough illustrated examples, something any book on creating art needs.)
Fradella offers encouragement in reminding us all"Michaelangelo sucked. Davinci sucked too. Man they both stunk on ice! Then they made something worth putting up in your bathroom." By letting us know that even the great masters were lousy starting out, that no one is born being talented with a pencil.

Fradella makes learning to draw fun, which is what it's truly all about.
Because if you don't enjoy creating art, there's no point to it.
If there were a rating high enough, I'd give this one 10 stars.

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