My New Books!

Introduction to Shading: Second Edition

10 Week Drawing Course-in-a-Book for Beginners

208 pages of illustrated resources and activities
Published by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada

This drawing course is designed for self directed learners and authored by a self-taught artist. The diverse resources and activities in this ten-week course are ideal for beginner artists with recreational and/or professional goals. Over 400 illustrations enhance the text to make it more comprehensible and enjoyable.

Week 1: Seeing and Shading Values
  • How highlights, shadows, reflected light, and cast shadows help create the illusion of a three-dimensional reality
  • Examine values on drawing subjects to find clues that identify the directionality of the dominant light source
  • Use pencil pressure and different grades of pencil to create seven different graduations
  • Outline straight-sided shapes and add shading with four grades of pencils
Week 2: Shading with Graduated Values
  • Use pencil pressure and different grades of pencil to create seven different graduations
  • A four-step process to help you plan an appropriate method for adding shading to a drawing
  • Use value maps and graduated shading to turn a circle, cube, and rectangle into realistic three-dimensional forms
Week 3: Super Shading with Squirkles
  • A richly-illustrated discussion demonstrates the diversity of squirkling for a broad range of different drawing subjects
  • Popular techniques for rendering a range of different values with squirkles
  • Render six different value scales with squirkling by using line density, pencil grades, and pressure
  • Examine various types of graduations and discover the process for squirkling smoothly flowing graduations
  • Use line density, pencil pressure, and different grades of pencils to squirkle smoothly flowing graduations
  • Sketch the shapes of an iris, highlight, and pupil, and add shading with graduations of squirkles
Week 4: Basic Values with Hatching
  • Check out the different shading effects made possible by a basic hatching technique of parallel straight lines.
  • Examine different types of value scales created with hatching and find out how each is rendered
  • Use hatching and five grades of pencils to render value scales that appear to be solid tones
  • Draw an impressionistic range of mountains shaded with the natural values of five different grades of pencils
Week 5: Hatch with Density and Pressure
  • Render five different value scales by varying the density of the hatching lines and using different grades of pencils
  • Design an abstract composition and add shading with five different grades of pencils while varying line density
  • Render ten value scales of five solid tones by varying the pressure used with single grades of pencils
  • Vary the pressure used with five grades of pencils to create a design with five ribbons of different values
Week 6: Fundamental Hatching Graduations
  • An illustrated discussion about various types of hatching graduations that are rendered with straight lines
  • Examine the process of rendering three types of graduations by using one grade of pencil and side-by-side, straight hatching lines
  • Use pencil pressure to create a graduation of values with a 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B grade of pencil, and straight hatching lines
  • Discover the process of rendering a single graduation with five grades of pencils and straight hatching lines
  • Render a single graduation with a combination of five grades of pencils and straight hatching lines
  • Use graduations, atmospheric perspective, and a shading map to draw a tranquil scene with a palm tree, an island, and calm water
Week 7: Hatch Lengthways Graduations
  • Create two sets of randomly placed hatching lines of different lengths: one with long lines and the other with short lines
  • Examine the process of rendering a graduation by using lengthways hatching lines and four grades of pencils
  • Render a graduation with long lines and another with short lines by using lengthways hatching lines
  • Learn two invaluable shading techniques for creating a smooth texture with hatching
Week 8: Contour Hatching Around Forms
  • Examine graduations and drawings to see how curved hatching lines help create highly realistic textures and three-dimensional forms
  • How to find and use your most natural drawing motions for shading with contour hatching
  • Use curved hatching lines to smoothly render a graduation that depicts the illusion of form on a segment of a sphere
  • Use contour hatching graduations to depict the illusion of depth by transforming a circular shape into a three-dimensional form
  • Draw the realistically proportioned head of a young child with straight hair that curves around the contours of his cranium
Week 9: Basic Blending Techniques
  • Tips and techniques for using blending tools to successfully blend shading graduations
  • Outline a shape, add graduated values with squirkles, and blend the shading to create a smooth three-dimensional cartoon face
  • Use squirkling graduations to define the form of a high key subject and hatching to render its cast shadow
Week 10: Shade with Texture and Pattern
  • Use traditional shading techniques and five grades of pencils to render a three-dimensional form
  • Follow richly-illustrated, step-by-step instructions to draw a plant in the style of realism

https://www.drawspace.com/lessons/1140/overview/introduction-to-shading-second-edition

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Introduction to Drawing (Second Edition)

10 Week Drawing Course for Beginners: 190 pages of illustrated resources and activities

As a self-taught artist myself, I wrote this course-in-a-book for aspiring artists who want to teach themselves how to draw. The curriculum is designed to gently immerse beginners into the visual art of drawing. The diverse resources and activities in this ten-week course are ideal for artists with recreational and/or professional goals. This book also serves as a refresher course for artists who want to brush up on fundamental skills and techniques.

Take your time studying resources before you begin working on activities. Activities enable you to put theory into practice by rendering drawings and art-related projects. Over 290 illustrations enhance the text to make it more comprehensible and enjoyable.

Published by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada (2016)

https://www.drawspace.com/lessons/1474/overview/introduction-to-drawing-second-edition

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Introduction to Shading

Shading is the magic that transforms lines on a piece of paper into realistic, three-dimensional objects and living beings.

The book enables you to exercise your brain while learning how to shade! Within its 256 pages you discover 18 richly-illustrated discussions and 30 step-by-step activities that teach you how to shade realistic subjects using such techniques as: chisel-point, hatching, squirkling, and blending.

This book was released in 2013 by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada.

http://www.drawspace.com/bookshop/books/442/introduction-to-shading

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Drawing on Your Brain

Drawing on Your Brain is designed for everyone who can hold a  pencil – from absolute beginners to professional artists. Each of the 40 tutorials in this book is categorized as either a resource or an activity.

  • Resources include heavily illustrated discussions about the brain itself, as well as drawing skills and techniques that are designed to strengthen its functions.
  • Activities that challenge you to turn theory into practice start off simple, and progressively become more challenging.

This book was released in 2013 by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada.

http://www.drawspace.com/bookshop/books/230/drawing-on-your-brain

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 Introduction to Contour Lines

Introduction to Contour Lines is a comprehensive program of study and practice with a focus on contour drawing skills and techniques. This curriculum is designed for all art students, from absolute beginners who want an in-depth drawing program, to experienced artists who want to build a more solid foundation of fundamental skills.

Each activity in this book is designed to enhance brain functions and visual intelligence, also called spatial intelligence or seeing as an artist. Individuals with highly developed visual intelligence are better able to retain information about what they see and are more aware of images in their environments.

This book was released in 2012 by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada.

http://www.drawspace.com/bookshop/books/102/module-2-1-introduction-to-contour-lines

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Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to Drawing, is about as beginner as beginner gets! Readers simply receive a guided tour through the crazy maze of choosing and using drawing supplies. This book is already overdue for a second edition.

This book was released in 2011 by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada.

http://www.drawspace.com/bookshop/books/84/module-1-1-introduction-to-drawing

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Drawspace Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms

This book was released in August, 2010 by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada. This book is long overdue for a second edition, but for now it continues to be free to Drawspace followers.

http://www.drawspace.com/bookshop/books/5/illustrated-dictionary-of-art-related-terms

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Drawspace Guide to Getting Started with Drawing

In 2005, I began writing drawing lessons for Drawspace.com, which  I co-own with Jeff Baur (the best website developer in the world). Three years later, I decided to get back to writing books and started my own publishing company called Drawspace Publishing.

Drawspace Guide to Getting Started with Drawing was published in August, 2009 by Drawspace Publishing, Halifax, NS, Canada. This book is free to Drawspace followers.

http://www.drawspace.com/bookshop/books/2/drawspace-guide-to-getting-started-with-drawing

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated

Shortly after my first book was released I was invited to write a second book for Alpha – Pearson Education – Macmillan, Indianapolis, IN, USA. Shortly after its release in August, 2004, this book was awarded their Book of the Year Award for 2004.

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Drawing for Dummies

In early 2002, an e-mail dropped into my in-box from a stranger named Jessica Faust, asking me if I would be interested in writing a book on drawing. After the initial euphoria died down, I began to suspect that this was a hoax. I wrote her back and said “yes” anyway.

The rest is history! I later found out that Jessica was an acquisitions editor for Wiley. Today, she continues to be my literary agent and is also the owner of Book Ends Literary Agency. My very first book, Drawing for Dummies, was published in March, 2003 by Wiley Publishing Inc., New, York, NY, USA.

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In February, 2011, the 2nd Edition, co-authored with Jamie Combs, was released with numerous updates to drawing technologies.

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3 Responses to My New Books!

  1. Liz Morley says:

    Hi there from South Africa

    Just wanted to let you know I avidly follow Drawspace for new lessons and books, having rediscovered my inner artist (passion) and with great thanks to your lessons, I am progressing at an amazing rate!

    I was wondering if you have or are going to do any books about painting as I am dabbling in acrylics with mixed results?

    Kindest regards and huge thanks for your time in sharing knowledge.
    Liz

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  2. Hi Liz! How exciting! Someday, I shall visit South Africa!! :o)

    Thank you so very much for your kind comments and for staying committed to strengthening your drawing skills! You have made my day! :o)

    The quick answer is yes! However, I have so many other projects on the go for the next couple of years that I don’t expect to be able to start that book for a long time. This being said, all my future books will be based on the Pro Lessons. In other words, how to paint tutorials (lessons) will be available long before the book.

    I usually write about and make lessons based on whatever appeals to me. (I’m ADHD with the attention span of a fruit fly). :o)

    When I have 35 to 40 lesson files on a specific topic, I organize them into a logical progression of skills. Then I do new lessons to fill in the gaps where skills are missing or not as detailed as I would like. Then comes the book! :o)

    Huggles,
    Brenda

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  3. Patrick Gono says:

    Brenda😢😢😢😢 I don’t know how to thank you…..back 2009 I began drawing all by myself….looking for new beginning each time. Until one day I came across Drawing for dummies ‘. From there, the foundation of the artist I am today was laid. I am a Liberian, age 24, and the artist in my family. I am on Facebook as ‘Patrick Gono ‘ I also wish to share my arts with you too😊😢😊. Thank God for you Brenda………

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