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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 September 2014
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844489817
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  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 96
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $7.95
  • Series: Art Handbooks
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Art Handbooks: Drawing Landscapes


by Ronald Swanwick

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Book Description

Ronald Swanwick shares his love of the landscape and reveals his techniques in this practical guide. Step-by-step demonstrations show how to compose a drawing, capture perspective and draw what you see.

Ronald Swanwick's aim is to inspire the artist to go out and use a pencil at least as often as a brush. He shares his approach to drawing landscapes - teaching how to observe and soak up the atmosphere of a landscape, and opens the book with sections on composition, perspective and making marks and tones. Also, he clearly explains his language of drawing - in which there are only four methods of making marks - dots, lines, squiggles and washes. The mark you make and the tonal value you ascribe to it are used to describe the texture of a surface. Putting together these marks and tones allows you to build up a drawing to look like anything you wish.

Drawing Landscapes has further sections on dealing with sunshine and shadows, drawing from photographs, drawing skies, trees and water and how to incorporate people and animals into a scene. Having accomplished these techniques you can practise by doing one of two step-by-step projects - a derelict farm building in pencil or a delicate snowscene in chalk and charcoal. A number of Ronald's finished drawings are included throughout the book for inspiration.

  • Part of the original Leisure Arts series, now re-issued as Art Handbooks
  • Ronald Swanwick has a high profile
  • All artists need to know how to draw!

Table of Contents

Marks and tones
Derelict farm building demonstration
Snowscene in chalk and charcoal demonstration
Drawing from photographs
People and animals

About the Author

About Ronald Swanwick

Ronald Swanwick won a scholarship to the Portland House School of Art and went on to study at Burslem College of Art in Staffordshire. He first earned his living as a commission artist and illustrator for private and commercial clients, later establishing his own teaching studio in Kington, Hertfordshire. Ronald's passion for art developed when he was very young, and has remained undiminished for more than forty years. He paints in and teaches oils, acrylics and watercolours and thinks that his best works are developed from his drawings and sketches. He believes that drawing is the foundation for all artistic endeavour. When not drawing or painting, Ronald's hobbies include gardening on his two-acre plot and, when he has the time, fly fishing.

Karen Platt

January 2015

Techniques and step-by step demonstrations on how to draw. Learn about composition, perspective, marks and tone and more. Find out how to draw skies, shadows, water, trees, buildings and much more.

Artist, The

October 2014

Beginning with an explanation of the history of landscape drawing, the book then progresses steadily through materials and methods to line and tone work and perspective, followed by subjects that include trees,hills, skies, flowers, buildings and figures. It is completed by a series of demonstrations, each building a work in slightly more detail. Throughout, instruction is kept to a minimum and you're shown, rather than told, what's happening - Henry Malt.

Leisure Painter, The

September 2014

These handy little guides box above their weight in terms of content. They are packed full of useful information ad tips from artists who have many years' experience between them. In his Drawing Landscapes, Ronald Swanwick aims to inspire you to take your pencil out with you as often as you do your brush. Compositions, perspective, mark making and tonal values are all clearly explained, and there's information on drawing sunshine and shadows working from photographs, drawing skies, tress, water and people.

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