This beginner's guide to drawing in graphite pencil uses step-by-step exercises to teach fundamental methods for rendering all aspects of the natural landscape, with additional lessons on using charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, and other media.
Following in the footsteps of author, artist, and art instructor Suzanne Brooker's previous title The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting, this book pairs the most universally-pursued topic for artists (drawing) with the popular subject matter of the natural landscape. Brooker breaks down landscapes into their various elements--including the earth, water, air, and trees--to convey how the fundamentals of drawing are applied to capture each aspect. Using the graphite pencil as her baseline instrument, Brooker provides you with step-by-step lessons that help you improve your rendering skills and re-create the beauty of the world outdoors. Examples from art history and contemporary masters supplement these lessons. The end result is a drawing instruction book that provides artists with everything they need to render landscapes no matter their skill level.
About the Author
SUZANNE BROOKER has dedicated her life to art-making, both in studio practice and as an educator. She began her career as a teaching artist after receiving her MFA in figurative painting from California State University, Long Beach. She first began teaching at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle in 1999. Since 2013, she has focused her classes on landscape painting and drawing. She is the author of Portrait Painting Atelier and The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting.
“Suzanne Brooker’s book Essential Techniques of Landscape Drawing isextremely thoughtful and compressive, with beautiful examples of landscape drawings. She’s written a wonderfully detailed book covering the various materials, applications, and approaches needed to execute successful landscape drawings.” —Costa Vavagiakis, art instructor at The Art Students League of New York
"This book does a beautiful job of translating the visual complexities of the natural world into tangible concepts for artists, providing readers with the tools and techniques needed to achieve personal expression. Written in a language that is inspiring and easy to understand, Brooker’s teachings are essential for artists at all stages of their development." —Tamalin Baumgarten, professional artist and Master of Fine Arts