Exploring the Basics of Drawing

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • AUTHOR: Victoria Vebell
  • ISBN-13: 9781285184593 
  • 288 Pages  Paperback 
  • 2nd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2005
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

Packed with exquisite artwork and illustrations, the EXPLORING THE BASICS OF DRAWING, 2e package delivers a comprehensive introduction to the art of drawing through both the text and CourseMate.This new edition offers thorough coverage of the fundamental skills needed to learn still-life drawing, basic shapes, and the key concepts of perspective, light, value, and space. Its reader-friendly format offers clear instructions and detailed descriptions. The author thoroughly explains and illustrates each step of the drawing process--reflecting her three decades of professional illustration experience. With new chapters on figure and landscape drawing, as well as unique new author-created videos vividly illustrating essential drawing techniques via CourseMate, students will gain the knowledge and practice they need to build their skills and confidence.


  • A comprehensive introduction to the art of drawing that begins with basic shapes and progresses from there, making for a logical progression that builds on success from the simple to the complex.
  • Illustrated Demonstrations in the chapters build upon each other and include instructions, demonstration, and review.
  • End of chapter features including things to remember, review questions, projects and homework assignments help readers retain the key skills taught in the chapter and put them to use.
  • Short cuts, tricks, and tools learned in the author's three decades of professional illustration add to the book's unique features.
  • From the very beginning, the text orients students to everything that is involved in drawing, including materials, lighting, position, etc.

About the Contributor

  • Victoria Vebell

    Victoria Vebell is a widely admired illustrator who has worked in publishing, editorial, and advertising art for the past 38 years. She also teaches at the Pratt Institute in New York City. While her work has appeared in a variety of formats over the past three decades, she now specializes in paperback book covers where her work has won awards from The Society of Illustrators and clients include Bantam Doubleday Dell, Berkley Books, Harlequin, Simon & Schuster, Penguin/Putnam, Harcourt Brace, the Postal Commemorative Society, and General Foods. She is represented by The July Group in New York. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in digital illustration from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art.

Table of Contents

1.Getting Started.
2. Basic Shapes and Learning to See.
3. Value and Spherical Shapes.
4. Linear Perspective and Cubic Shapes.
5. Proportion and Rectangular Shapes.
6. Elliptical Perspective and Cylindrical Objects.
7. The Illusion of Space and Conical Shapes.
8. Composition and Complex Shapes.
9. Drapery.
10. Metal.
12. Additional Media.
13. Drawing the Human Figure.
14. Landscape Drawing.

New to this Edition

  • Delivered via the CourseMate platform, new author-created videos vividly illustrate essential drawing techniques, giving learners up-close demonstrations of drawing techniques in action.
  • All-new chapters on Figure Drawing and Landscape Drawing expand the book's focus.
  • Chapters revised to offer even more insight on perspective and instruction on this key element.
  • New material and expanded discussions on technical drawing.

Alternate Formats

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  • Non-Media Edition
    ISBN-10: 1305386469 | ISBN-13: 9781305386464
    Price = $54.00