Foundations of Drawing

A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles

by Al Gury

From a leading art instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a complete survey of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials, and key techniques, alongside step-by-step demonstrations.

Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.


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Foundations of Drawing

Maggie W

4 Stars

I majored in art in college but have been out of the game for a good while.  I've been thinking about picking it up again some on the side, but need some help with inspiration (and motivation)! Foundations of Drawing is going to do just…

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Educative Book for Art Enthusiasts

Gabriela Fernandez

4 Stars

I really like this book. It was very eduxative for me, someone who is a beginner in art. It was really interesting to see all the different techniques and styles of art. I felt it was applicable to me. It was also very nice to see the actual…

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Why Can't Draw a Straight Line?

Mary Jones

4 Stars

This book has five chapters; What is Drawing? Why Can't Draw a Straight Line? Essential History of Drawing, Essential Drawing Materials, Essential…

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Foundations of Drawing

rita barriga

5 Stars

I love, love, love learning new techniques in the media of painting because I can never learn too many tips. Foundations…

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So helpful

Claudia Romero

4.5 Stars

This book was for my brother whom is an artist. He not only enjoyed the book and the information that was held within it had so many beautiful examples of the techniques they spoke about. There are very interesting things to read about even…

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