Aimed at absolute beginners, this essential guide provides the technical tricks of the trade—the “building blocks”—needed to portray structures from country churches to city skylines. All it takes is 10 easy and fully illustrated lessons to master linear perspective, proportion, and composition, and to capture the texture of materials such as brick, stone, concrete, wood, glass, and steel. Draw a simple weathered wooden bungalow using graphite pencil. An old-fashioned church, with corner lines that converge at 2 vanishing points and different elevations, makes the perfect subject for illustrating 2-point perspective. Bring color into the picture in an image of a brightly painted Italian fishing cottage. Other demonstrations focus on architectural details, combining tools and techniques, and more.
Do washes, paint light to dark, use white areas, lift out, dry brush-paint, and try collage, spattering, and masking. Projects include traditional watercolor of a Minorcan village, suffused with soft purples and golds; snowy woods with wintry trees; and an ancient stone circle, rich in tex-ture and mystery. A gallery of professional works provides additional inspiration.