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Nature Sketching Basics
a downloadable PDF workbook (27 pages)
(If you already have my book Illustrating Nature ~ Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World, by Irene Brady don't buy this workbook ~ just work through Chapters 1 & 2 in that book.)

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Nature Sketching Basics Cover...          Overcome your inner voice that says you can't draw. Use this right-brain-oriented workbook to can unearth your buried drawing capabilties and begin to create the realistic drawings you never believed possible.

       This is also a good warm-up workbook for those who can already draw but haven't done any art recently, artists who paint but need to brush up on their drawing basics, and as an introduction to right-brain techniques if you want to try other workbooks by Irene Brady.

Leaf Drawing Series...        You'll learn how to see your subject in ways that let you draw it true-to-life, and you'll learn how to use tools, tips and techniques to let you relax and enjoy the creative process as you increase your drawing skills.

       Actual projects will let you try out your new-found skills with step-by-step tutorials as you draw a leaf, a shell, a fir cone, and finally, a turkey feather. You may have some of these items on hand, but in case you don't, large, clear photographs have been included for you to work from.

Badger Sketches...        This workbook will guide you through techniques you can use successfully to sketch small natural items and learn how to get your pencil to do what you ask of it, including basic shading and textures, and ways to shade to make your subject look 3-dimensional.

Supplies you'll need to complete the projects in this workbook include:

  • a small to medium sketchbook (9x12 max.)
  • (2).5 mechanical pencils loaded with HB and 2B leads
  • white eraser for heavy erasing
  • kneaded eraser
  • small tortillon (if you aren't familiar with this, ask at an art store)
Recommended, but not essential:
  • oak leaf
  • seashell (the spiral type ~ a univalve)
  • Douglas fir cone or any pine cone
  • turkey tail feather
Optional items for outdoor sketching include:
  • magnifying glass
  • umbrella, folding chair/cushion, water bottle.
  • watercolor pencils and waterbrush

This workbook is in the form of a PDF which you can download with Adobe Acrobat,
save to your computer, and print out immediately on 8˝ x 11 paper.
It is priced at $9.95.

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