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A drawing can be a sketch, a study, a visual diary of your holiday, or just sheer creative pleasure—and learning to draw is quicker and easier than you think. This practical, concise guide encourages beginners with simple exercises and instruction in basic shapes and mark-making using a range of media. Learn how to achieve light and shade in your art and create solidity of form in your compositions. There’s practical advice on texture, pattern, and simple perspective in pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, colored pencils, and watercolor. You’ll be able to draw still lifes, landscapes, interiors, and people with confidence.
Sharon Finmark trained at St Martin’s College of Art and teaches life drawing and painting at Lauderdale House in London. She writes for TheArtist 's Magazine and is author of several painting books, including 600 Watercolour Mixes (Batsford).