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The two-pencil method : the revolutionary approach to drawing it all / Mark Crilley.
Title Variants:
2-pencil method
ISBN:
9780399581250
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
California : Watson-Guptill Publications, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
152 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents:
Simple objects -- Still lifes -- Landscapes -- Animals -- Travel sketches and drawings -- Portraits.
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Summary

Summary

Great art doesn't have to be expensive. For the cost of a regular graphite writing pencil and an equally ordinary black colored pencil, you can create drawings worthy of framing and displaying. In this straightforward, aspiring artist's guide to rendering a variety of popular subjects with only two pencils, artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents a direct, approachable, and achievable method for drawing just about anything. The Two-Pencil Method breaks down Crilley's techniques across six chapters of five lessons each. In each lesson, you'll learn how the two-pencil method can add depth and shading, allowing you to create bold and distictive drawings that go beyond mere sketchbook doodles. The book moves from a primer on drawing basics to step-by-step examples of still lifes, landscapes, animals, travel sketches, and portraits. With each chapter, Crilley's confident and encouraging voice and expert insights demonstrate how to achieve stunning artistic results from the simplest of art materials.


Author Notes

MARK CRILLEY is the author of Mastering Manga , Mastering Manga 2 , The Realism Challenge , Manga Art , and the Eisner-nominated The Drawing Lesson , as well as several manga novels, including the Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody's Ghost series. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly's "It List" in 1998, Crilley has published nearly 20 books and developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos. His books have been featured in USA Today , the New York Daily News , and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News.


Excerpts

Excerpts

INTRODUCTION My Two-Pencil Method is exactly what it sounds like: an approach to drawing that relies on just two different types of pencils--an ordinary graphite pencil and a black colored pencil. The graphite pencil allows you to get a drawing started and to fine-tune shading. The black colored pencil allows you to dramatically heighten the contrast. Using these two humble drawing tools, you can create pictures as beautiful as any you've ever seen. That's not a grand promise. It's a simple truth.  I'm going to bet that you've already got a serviceable writing pencil nearby. That means the black colored  pencil may be the only pencil that you need to go out and acquire. As of this writing, that pencil shouldn't cost you much more than a dollar. Let's say $1.39. There you have it--Mark Crilley's idea of what the barrier to entry ought to be for an aspiring artist. In the lessons ahead, you'll see how I use the Two-Pencil Method to complete a wide variety of drawing projects. I'll start with simple projects designed for the absolute novice, then move toward subjects that are a little more ambitious: landscapes, travel sketches, portraits, and the like. I'll show you what and how each pencil contributes to each drawing, and take special care to indicate when you should bring in the black colored pencil to work its magic. If you are patient and complete every lesson in the book, I have no doubt you can master this approach and make it your own. You'll need some moxie and determination, for sure. Those, sadly, can't be bought. But I'm sure that you have a little of both already. Even the people who adore their art supplies can agree with me on at least one point: those fancy materials won't do you a lot of good if they're collecting dust in a drawer. Whether my Two-Pencil Method becomes your technique of choice or not, promise me that you'll draw. Keep at it. Draw every day if you can. Draw like crazy. If you draw, and draw, and draw, until your two pencils have been worn down to two little stumps, you will make progress. You will hone your skills. And one day, you will become the artist you were always meant to be. And that is something you won't want to trade for all the money in the world. *** Excerpted from The Two-Pencil Method: The Revolutionary Approach to Drawing It All by Mark Crilley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.