I tucked into Modern Drawing to pick up a few new ideas and brush up on my drawing principles and techniques. The book is a step-by-step guide to drawing but a little basic for my needs. Highly illustrative, it has a lot of demonstrations and tips making the techniques easy to understand and action. Every key element of drawing from materials to perspective is discussed and shown. It really is a great starter! The one part I did really appreciate was Chelsea’s challenge to draw every day, to make it a habit – this is one principle I can, and plan to, apply! I also really enjoyed the way in which she mixed her media – pens, pencils, watercolours – they come together to build a beautiful artwork!

If you are looking for a book to build your confidence, walk you through the basics and make art fun, don’t hesitate to get this one! Five out of five!

From the back cover:

The Modern series from Walter Foster Publishing offers a fun, fresh approach to working with traditional art media. This isn’t a dry instruction manual; it’s a contemporary guide filled with instruction, encouragement, and tips.

Modern Drawing shows artists, illustrators, art students, and art hobbyists how to use basic drawing principles and techniques to create fresh, expressive pieces of art. You’ll enjoy a dynamic, easy-to-follow exploration of drawing mediums and tools as you work through creative exercises and projects. Aspiring pencil artists and illustrators will also learn how to “see” a subject and render a personal yet modern interpretation of their observations on paper.

From expressive architecture and landscapes to nature motifs, animals, and people, Modern Drawing provides a fresh, contemporary, and enjoyable approach to learning how to draw.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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