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HOW TO DRAW LANDSCAPES (article first published : 2005-09-8)

How To Draw Landscapes is similar in style to How To Draw People by Susie Hodge. Sidaway uses the same format of introduction; basically introducing the reader to landscapes and allowing one to get to grips with the subject matter.

The tools and materials are similar too, allowing the reader to prepare themselves practically with a choice of pencils, charcoals and graphite sticks, while they read examples of how to apply each tool, using it in conjunction with the techniques to create the beginning of their drawing.

Sidaway then goes a little further to explain ‘Tones’ which appear to be a fundamental part of drawing landscapes, as opposed to drawing people. He provides graphic examples that tie in with the written directions on how to achieve the tones.

Composition and perspective come into play as you learn how to focus on an entire scene or part of a scene. This ultimately helps when you are working on site and need to take your work home with you to complete.

Ten demonstrations are then given, again focusing on the composition of the picture rather than its completed appeal. Sidaway demonstrates with fields and trees, mountains, coloured peaks, skies, coastlines and seasonal landscapes.

This book is ideal for art students or people interested in learning to draw landscapes. Published by New Holland Publishers, this book retails at R129.95.

How To Draw Landscapes ISBN 1 84537 051 1 was released in tandem with Susie Hodge’s How To Draw People by the same publisher which retails at the same price. - Ruby Bernard




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