DRAWING FROM LINE TO LIFE
by Mike Sibley
"Mike didn't just write a book to show you how to apply graphite to paper, but instead took a much more involved and informative approach of showing you the drawing process as it really matters... namely, how to approach a subject and deconstruct it into components that you can understand and render. I am reading and then re-reading every few chapters and I learn something new each time. Great stuff!"
Rich Adams - Artist
Mike Sibley, one of the world's very few professional graphite pencil artists, reveals his in-depth knowledge of drawing gathered over 25 years. Artists of all abilities, from beginners to professionals, will gain invaluable insights and understanding. In over 280 pages, Drawing From Line to Life, features methods, techniques, tricks of the trade, tutorials and much more. Four concise sections, separated by step-by-step demonstrations, comprehensively detail tools and basic drawing techniques; guidance on how to see in depth, the benefits of using negative space, employing perspective, using light and shade, and advice on working from photographs. A series of instructive tutorials explain how to draw ellipses, facial features, reflections, foliage, and a variety of textures. The final section follows a drawing, using many of the techniques explained, from conception and preparation through to the step-by-step completion.
The technique of Negative Drawing - a fresh way of working championed by the author - is concisely described and explained throughout. Drawing in layers, coupled with working from dark to light, greatly simplifies even the most complex task.
Fooling the Brain details, in two chapters, how to tune in to your creative side, and proven ways to train yourself to see what is really in front of you. The art of illusion tells you how to fool your viewer's brain into seeing more detail than is actually present; ways to use distorted perspective that look natural; and many other invaluable techniques.
A comprehensive index makes this book equally valuable as a drawing tutor, reference source, and technical manual. It's the publication your bookshelf has been waiting for.
Drawing From Line to Life was published in February 2006, and Mike Sibley was supported by an international team: an Editor in the USA; an Australian Designer; 'test pilots' in both the UK and USA; and a UK Printer with a pedigree stretching back to 1702.
"Once in a great while you come across someone who is not only gifted as an artist but as a teacher. I have had problems with drawing trees since I started drawing. You have explained it in a way that finally connected to me so that I am able to make progress."
Deb Howard - Artist
Section 1: An introduction to the tools of the trade and chapters on basic techniques:
Section 2: The philosophical and more advanced techniques section covering:
Section 3: The Tutorial section: explanations and step-by-step demonstrations:
Section 4: Putting it all together:
"You are a truly blessed Artist. I pray that more people like you would take time out to help out other beginners like me."
Mark Bouffard, Philippines
About Mike Sibley:
"I am very thankful for the quality and amount of education in drawing that your book provides. Often these books give a simplistic "just do this" tonality and show a professionally finished piece of art without properly instructing or conveying as to how to achieve that product. My days of frustration are over as your book does the complete opposite of that; it is filled with the generosity of telling me how to achieve these techniques in a very comprehensive and easy to understand way."
THE AUTHOR'S WORK:
About Mike Sibley's work:
"I have been working with Graphite now for eight years and I have never had anyone give a better explanation on technique than you do. Thank You!!! And bless you."
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"Thanks you for sharing your incredible expertise. Your work is truly magnificent."