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Pencil Drawing: A Complete Kit for Beginners


Pencil Drawing: A Complete Kit for Beginners

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Publisher: Walter Foster

Author: Gene Franks

List Price: Kit: $14.95

Ages: 12-14 Years

Reviewed By: Zandra Owen

Pencil Drawing: A Complete Kit for Beginners is what it says, a complete kit for beginners, but don't stop there. Even if you've been drawing for awhile you might find this a good refresher course. It might help to have a little art background, to understand when the author uses such terms as “composition.”

The author covers the basics in the first few pages of the 32-page project book. He illustrates three hand positions, describing how each works in drawing. There's a page of sample textures and strokes, showing the difference between H, HB, B and 2b pencils. Next he goes into perspective, discussing how to draw both cylindrical/oval and square/cube shaped objects as if you're viewing them from various heights. Two pages on handling the pencil follow, which involves just what it sounds like: pressure, position, lead type, strokes, shading, and size of your project. Values (light to dark) are also introduced.

Now that you've got the basics, you're ready to start the projects. The projects begin simply (a walnut, great exercise in shading and texture, and then an egg) and rapidly take on more complexity. In the beginning projects you'll find a lot of instruction in using your materials, like specifics about what pencil to use, how to hold the pencil, and what part of the lead touches the paper. Each project follows the same basic pattern: “feeling the shape” (a very light outline), precision line drawing, shading, and finishing touches. The subjects are varied: in addition to the walnut and egg, you'll draw a stuffed animal, a sunflower, a kitten, a foal, a cabin landscape, an interesting old car, and a mountain man. The author has chosen his subjects and rendered them to make them interesting to draw.

Although on one web site I found this set recommended for ages 8 and up, I think an older child or adult would have the patience to follow the directions and benefit from the instruction offered here. I'd say a motivated 10 year old could manage, but my instinct would be to recommend this kit more for ages 12 and up.

The kit contains:
32-page project and instruction book
6 drawing pencils (F, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B)
Drawing pad
Kneaded eraser
Pencil sharpener
Blending stump
Sandpaper block
Artist's triangle
Pencil extender
More Information
Available From: Walter Foster Publishing, Inc.
Address: 3 Wrigley, Suite A, Irvine, CA 92618 USA
Phone: 949.380.7510
Other Notes:
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Zandra Owen
Busy homeschool mom who lives smack-dab in the middle of the madding crowd.
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