The Art of Pencil Drawing with Gene Franks Learn how to draw realistic subjects with pencil

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-09-06
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
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From the fundamentals to advanced techniques, The Art of Pencil Drawing with Gene Franks is filled with more than 65 step-by-step projects useful to artists of all skill levels. 

The impressive drawings by author-artist Gene Franks seem to come to life right on the page. With this comprehensive guide, learn to draw like Gene Franks with simple, step-by-step demonstrations that cover a wide variety of subject matter, from still lifes and landscapes to animals and people. First, there is an introduction to art supplies, how to use pencils, and information about the value scale and shading. Then move into the 65+ drawing projects, broken into six sections:
  • Still lifes, including fruit, a conch shell, and children's toys
  • Buildings, including a country church, a Spanish mission, and a lighthouse
  • Landscapes, including flowers and foliage, a creek, and a farm
  • Transportation, including boats, cars, and trains
  • Animals, including a rabbit, a tiger, and birds
  • People, including a young man in a suit, a woman in profile, a ballerina, and a prospector
Along the way, learn more about sketching, composition, and much more. No matter your skill level, The Art of Pencil Drawing with Gene Franks is a must-have for any artist’s library.

Walter Foster Publishing’s Collector’s Series offers a broad range of projects across a variety of mediums and genres, such as drawing, oil, acrylic, watercolor, cartooning, calligraphy, and others. Suitable for beginning to intermediate artists, each book features in-depth instruction about how to work with the tools of the trade, master techniques, and use newfound skills in practical application via step-by-step projects.

Author Biography

Gene Franks is a renowned master of expressive pencil drawing. Gene spent his early years in rural Arkansas, where he had the opportunity to observe the beauty of nature. He dedicated many years of intense study to perfecting his drawing techniques and, during the process, created many fine works in pencil. A US Air Force veteran and former merchant marine, Gene took advantage of quiet moments to hone his drawing skills. He obtained formal art training from Jefferson Mackhammer School of Art in Santa Monica, California, and acquired additional skills through classes at the Art Center in Pasadena. During his career as a professional artist, Gene has taught classes and inspired hundreds of students with his unique drawing style. He believes that almost anyone, when shown how to handle the pencil, can learn to draw well. Gene is the recipient of numerous art awards, and his work is displayed in private collections nationwide.

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