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Mike Sibley, one of the world's very few professional graphite pencil artists, reveals his in-depth knowledge of drawing gathered over 25 years. Artists of all abilities, from novice to professional, will gain invaluable insights and understanding. In over 280 pages, Drawing From Line to Life, features methods, techniques, tricks of the trade, tutorials and much more. Four concise sections, separated by step-by-step demonstrations, comprehensively detail tools and basic drawing techniques; guidance on how to see in depth, the benefits of using negative space, employing perspective, using light and shade, and advice on working from photographs. A series of instructive tutorials explain how to draw ellipses, facial features, reflections, foliage, and a variety of textures. The final section follows a drawing, using many of the techniques explained, from conception and preparation through to the step-by-step completion.
The technique of Negative Drawing - a fresh way of working championed by the author - is concisely described and explained throughout. Drawing in layers, coupled with working from dark to light, greatly simplifies even the most complex task.
Fooling the Brain details, in two chapters, how to tune in to your creative side, and proven ways to train yourself to see what is really in front of you. The art of illusion tells you how to fool your viewer's brain into seeing more detail than is actually present; ways to use distorted perspective that look natural; and many other invaluable techniques.
A comprehensive index makes this book equally valuable as a drawing tutor, reference source, and technical manual. It's the publication your bookshelf has been waiting for.
Drawing From Line to Life was published in February 2006, and Mike Sibley was supported by an international team: an Editor in the USA; an Australian Designer; 'test pilots' in both the UK and USA; and a UK Printer with a pedigree stretching back to 1702.
"I have been working with Graphite now for eight years and I have never had anyone give a better explanation on technique than you do. Thank You!!! And bless you."
Tim Vance www.VanceStudios.com
Section 1: An introduction to the tools of the trade and chapters on basic techniques:
Section 2: The philosophical and more advanced techniques section covering:
Section 3: The Tutorial section: explanations and step-by-step demonstrations:
Section 4: Putting it all together: