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Drawing, Seeing and Observation


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Ideal for both drawing beginners and for those with considerable experience who want to re-examine the fundamentals.

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction 1. Drawing Techniques and Approaches 2. Assessing and Drawing Two Dimensions - Height and Width 3. Assessing Three Dimensions - Height, Width and Depth 4. The Third Dimension - Rectangles Flat-on 5. Rectilinear Forms from Different Viewpoints 6. Rectangles and Gradients 7. Circles, Cylinders and Cones 8. Observation and Previous Knowledge 9. From Geometric to Natural Forms 10. Forms with no Flat Surfaces 11. Analysis and Selection 12. Perspective and Other Drawing Systems 13. Texture 14. Light, Shadows and Reflections 15. Some Different Approaches to Observation 16. Movement 17. Developing a Personal Language 18. Some Artists on Drawing 19. Summary Select Bibliography Acknowledgements Index

About the Author

Ian Simpson studied at Sunderland College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. He has taught at several colleges and universities including Hornsey College of Art, London, and Syracuse University, New York; was head of St Martin's School of Art, London, 1972-88; and is now a consultant to the Open College of Arts, UK. His paintings have been included in public and private collections in Britain, Sweden and the United States. He has written and presented three series on art for BBC TV and is the author of numerous books and articles.

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