Adult Books



Drawing & Sketching Secrets
Over 200 Tips and Techniques for Doing It the Easy Way

By Donna Krizek

Subject: Art Technique
Paperback | 176 pages | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 7/8
US$19.99 | CAN$21.99
Publication Date: 2012-08-30
ISBN: 9781606524893

Just like having an art teacher on call 24 hours a day, this book is packed with hints and tips that will guide and inspire both beginners and more experienced artists alike.

Rediscover the joy of sketching and drawing. This beautifully illustrated book is an indispensable compendium of essential know-how and stimulating projects. Both inspirational and practical, the book includes over 200 tips and step-by-step techniques organized to help you build on each skill you learn. The expert advice and tried-and-true techniques that fill these pages have been gleaned from the author’s more than 30 years of experience. Beginners can follow processes step-by-step, while more experienced artists can dip in and out for help with specific problems or to get some fresh ideas. “Try it” and “fix it” panels placed throughout the book suggest ways to practice and develop new skills and avoid or correct common mistakes. 

Learn how to:

  • Use lines, contours, and shading to create subtle and dramatic effects 
  • Use household materials to save money
  • Pick the right pencils, pens, crayons, paper, sketchbooks, and other equipment to suit your projects
  • Choose interesting subjects
  • Design captivating compositions
  • Use essential techniques such as crosshatching, scumbling, smudging, and using lost edges 

Each topic, self-contained in a one- or two-page spread, is fully explained and illustrated with photographs and more detailed diagrams where helpful. Advance your artistic understanding, dexterity, and ingenuity with the over 200 secrets included to help you practice the skills you’ve learned. Open these pages and uncover a love affair with drawing and sketching.