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Artists and Illustrators Magazine: Book of the Month

“A solid understanding of drawing is a must for artists and books introducing the basics abound, but Gury’s latest goes several steps further. In its pages you will find an overview of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials and key techniques. And, alongside step-by-step demonstrations, there are reproductions of the finest master drawings from the 15th century to the present.”
Artists and Illustrators Magazine

“Al Gury has taken a lifetime of experience as an artist and teacher, and distilled it into an engaging exploration of drawing from every possible perspective. Foundations of Drawing takes the reader from the personal to the historical, from techniques to the aesthetic, and then ties it all together with in-depth drawing demonstrations. This book is the perfect companion for anyone interested in understanding drawing from A to Z.”
—Ross Lance Mitchell, Director of Barnes-de Mazia Education and Outreach

Table Of Contents


Introduction 4 
What Is Drawing? 4 
Anyone Can Learn to Draw 8 
“Why Can’t I Draw a Straight Line?” 8 

1 Essential History of Drawing 11 

Beginnings in Prehistory 12 
The Ancient World 14 
The Medieval World 15 
The Renaissance 17 
The Baroque 20 
The Nineteenth Century 21 
Beginnings of the Modern Era 26 
The Modern World 29 
Contemporary Growth and Challenges 33 
Today 35 

2 Essential Drawing Materials 37 

Drawing Mediums 38 
Drawing Tools 68 
Paper 74 
The Drawing Studio—Furniture and Equipment 81 
Storage, Presentation, and Conservation of Drawings 84

3 Essential Drawing Skills 87 
Holding Drawing Tools 88 
Measuring 90 
Blending and Erasing 95 
Methods of Drawing 95 
Types of Line 101 
Hatching and Other Descriptive Marks 106 
Shape 108 
Depth and Perspective 113 
Closed versus Open Form 118 
Planes 122 
Tonality, Light, and Shade 122 
Texture 128 
Composition and the Compositional Frame 128 

4 Essential Aesthetics in Drawing 149 
Classicism 152 
Realism 153 
Abstraction 154 
Expressionism 158 

5 Essential Drawing Demonstrations 161 

Drawing Still Lifes 163 
Drawing Interiors and Architecture 174 
Drawing Portraits 182 
Drawing the Human Figure 191

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