Drawing: Basic Textures in Pencil by Diane Cardaci, William F Powell, Nolon Stacey

Drawing: Basic Textures in Pencil:
A beginner’s guide to realistic textures in graphite
by Diane Cardaci, William F. Powell, Nolon Stacey.

Keywords: non fiction, art, educational, reference, graphite, visually appealing.
*Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 6th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing

Description by Goodreads

Gain the drawing skills you need to create textured works like a pro with Drawing: Basic Textures in Pencil.

From handling the pencil and mastering basic techniques to learning about value, form, and shading, Basic Textures in Pencil teaches beginning artists all of the elements they need to achieve realistic results in their drawings.

Intuitive step-by-step lessons then demonstrate how you can put your newfound skills to use by rendering everything from metal, glass, and wood textures to fur and feathers. Each concept is clearly explained in easy-to-comprehend language, making this book an accessible and approachable resource for beginning artists and art enthusiasts.

Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Basic Textures in Pencil allows artists to widen the scope of their abilities, demonstrating basic pencil drawing techniques that allow beginners to re-create a variety of common textures and surfaces.

I’m not sure I would call it a book when it has only 40 pages, but it is surely nice reference material for those in their pencil drawing journey. However, read the title properly because this is not meant to teach you how to draw or general techniques when using pencils. It only focuses on helping you achieve well rendered textures for animal skins, fruits and vegetables, trees, clouds, man-made materials, portraits, landscapes, etc.

I would suggest it for those who already know how to draw or at least not very beginner (doesn’t make sense to learn how to render a realistic strawberry texture when you can’t draw its shape yet, right?). It is mostly a reference guide, with less step-by-step explanations and no troubleshooting section. I would have wished more than 40 pages and lengthier explanations on how to achieve each texture mentioned. I see it suitable as a guide for those already practicing pencil drawing interested in achieving nice believable textures. If this is your case, this book can help you level up your art and make it look more polished.

That corncob looking circle was supposed to be a sphere with alligator skin texture 😛

*I got my eArc from Walter Foster Publishing. Thank you!

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