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How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students

How to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw.

This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few simple steps.


The exercises in this book will help train your brain so you can visualize ordinary objects in a different manner, allowing you to see through the eyes of an artist. From photorealistic faces to holiday themes and tattoo drawings, How to Draw Cool Stuff makes drawing easier than you would think and more fun than you ever imagined! Now is the time to learn how to draw the subjects and scenes you've always dreamt of drawing.

How to Draw Cool Stuff is suitable for artists of any age benefiting everyone from teachers and students to self-learners and hobbyists. How to Draw Cool Stuff will help you realize your artistic potential and expose you to the pure joy of drawing!

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How to Draw Cool Stuff: Shading, Textures and Optical Illusions

“How to Draw Cool Stuff: Basics, Shading, Texture, Pattern and Optical Illusions” is the second book in the How to Draw Cool Stuff series. Inside you will find simple illustrations that cover the necessities of drawing cool stuff. Specific exercises are provided that offer step-by-step guidelines for drawing a variety of subjects. Each lesson starts with an easy-to-draw shape that will become the basic structure of the drawing. From there, each step adds elements to that structure, allowing the artist to build on their creation and make a more detailed image. Starting with the basic forms, the artist is provided a guide to help see objects in terms of simplified shapes. Instructions for shading to add depth, contrast, character and movement to a drawing are then covered. The varieties of texture and pattern that can be included in an artwork offer another layer of interest and depth to a design.


These elements are necessary to indicate the way something looks like it feels in a work (texture) or creating the repetition of shapes, lines or colors (patterns). Illustrated optical illusions involve images that are sensed and perceived to be different from what they really are, showing examples of how the mind and the eyes can play tricks on each other. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and an eraser and you are ready to draw cool stuff. Once the drawing is complete, it can be colored, shaded or designed in any way you like to make it original. Following these exercises is a great way to practice your craft and begin seeing things in terms of simple shapes within a complex object.

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How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events

How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events is a step-by-step drawing guide that illustrates popular celebrations, holidays and events for your drawing pleasure.


From the Chinese New Year to April Fools' Day, Father's Day to Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve - this book covers over 100 fun days, holidays, seasons and events, and offers simple lessons that will teach you how to draw like a pro and get you in the spirit of whichever season it may be!


The third book in the How To Draw Cool Stuff series, this exciting new title will teach you how to create simple illustrations using basic shapes and a drawing technique that simplifies the process of drawing, all while helping you construct height, width and depth in your work. It will guide you through the creative thought process and provide plenty of ideas to get you started.


The lessons in this book will also teach you how to think like an artist and remind you that you are only limited by your imagination!

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Drawing Dimension - Shading Techniques

Shading is one of the easiest ways of adding depth, contrast, character, and movement to your drawings. By controlling pencil pressure and stroke, understanding light and having knowledge of blending techniques, an artist can enhance their work and offer the “wow” factor needed to produce realistic artworks.


Drawing Dimension - A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students offers a series of shading tutorials that are easy to understand and simple to follow. It goes beyond the standard "step by step" instruction to offer readers an in-depth look at a variety of shading techniques and their applications. Inside this book is a series of lessons designed to teach you how to add dimension to your own drawings, how to analyze real life objects and shade, create highlights, blend tones, and produce realistic drawings with ease. We will explore hatching, cross hatching, and stippling techniques and learn how to use contrast to set a mood and create a focal point. At last - we’ll put all of these skills to the test and work together to produce a beautiful piece of art.


Drawing Dimension - A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students includes many resources to help you along the way through examples, tips on what you should aim for, and pitfalls to avoid. Each lesson is tailored to help you refine your shading techniques so you can add more depth and realism to your work. The book is perfectly suitable for beginners and moderates of all ages, students and teachers, professionals and novices; anyone can learn how to shade like a pro!

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How to Draw Cool Stuff: The 5 Minute Workbook

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time to allow yourself to work on a drawing, as artists have been known to take days, months, and even years to complete a single work of art. However, as this book will prove, you can draw some really cool stuff in just under five minutes. By limiting their time, artists will start to see only the most essential parts of a subject while communicating action, movement, and expression into one timed drawing.


This book is jam-packed with step-by-step lessons for drawing cool objects quickly – in 5-minutes or less! Author, artist, and instructor Catherine V. Holmes will start by teaching you how to quickly interpret basic information onto paper using simple but meaningful lines made with purpose. Start by observing, then draw the main shapes within your object. Next, you’ll find simple lines and smaller shapes that build on the original ones, blocking in areas with lines and curves to represent the major details of your subject. The final steps should be filling your subject in with tone and refining shadows and highlights. Drawing under a time limit is a wonderful exercise that will help you learn how to draw more instinctively and gain a better understanding of form. The final outcome is not meant to be a polished drawing, but rather an all-around practice exercise that will improve your game and help you draw really some cool stuff with ease.


The fifth book in the How To Draw Cool Stuff series, this exciting new title will teach you how to create simple illustrations using basic shapes and a drawing technique that simplifies the process of drawing, all while helping you construct height, width, and depth in your work. It will guide you through the creative thought process and provide plenty of ideas to get you started.

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How to Draw Awesome Stuff: Chilling Creations

Welcome to the wonderful world of drawing, where creativity and imagination take center stage! How to Draw Awesome Stuff is a step-by-step drawing guide by Catherine V. Holmes, author of the bestselling How to Draw Cool Stuff series. This book was designed for those who dare to explore the darker and more unconventional side of drawing. Within these pages, you'll learn how to create creepy and scary images that are sure to give your friends and family nightmares, and the best part? All of the lessons in this book have been student-tested and teacher approved. That means you can trust that each project is engaging and effective for students of all ages.

How to Draw Awesome Stuff is jam-packed with interesting and informative drawing lessons that offer clear objectives and foster achievement. Whether you are new to the world of drawing or an intermediate artist, this book will provide you with the necessary tools and inspiration to unleash your creativity and inspire your creative spirit. With easy-to-follow tutorials, you'll learn how to recognize the basic shapes within objects, and how to use these shapes to create images that are both dynamic and visually stunning.

The author has designed these tutorials to be as straightforward and accessible as possible; each step is broken down into easy-to-follow instructions, allowing students to follow along at their own pace. Starting with simple with foundational shapes, and building incrementally to more intricate details like shading and depth. So, grab your pencils, pens, and paper, and let your imagination run wild (and dark)! With How to Draw Awesome Stuff, you will discover the joy of drawing and the satisfaction of creating something truly unique and unforgettable. Let’s get started!

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How to Draw Cute Stuff: A Step by Step Drawing Guide for Kids

Do you have a little Picasso at home who is fascinated by the world of cute and cuddly creatures, enticing food, and lovable aliens? Discover a new world of creativity and self-expression with "How to Draw Cute Stuff," specially designed to introduce the principles of drawing to kids aged 6 to 11.

This fun, engaging guide is not just another drawing book. It's a magical journey into the realm of imagination where pandas, pizzas, and cotton candy come to life on the page. The step-by-step approach in "How to Draw Cute Stuff" makes it a breeze for your child to replicate these cute drawings. Whether it's a waddling baby penguin, a smiling Kawaii alien from a faraway galaxy, or a tower of ice cream brimming with delectable toppings, each cute drawing holds a new adventure for your budding artist.

Every page of this book is a celebration of cuteness, making it perfect for both beginners finding their way around a pencil, and those ready to take their creativity to the next level. Let your child's imagination soar, develop their motor skills, and build their confidence as they learn to enjoy the process of drawing cute stuff.

Unlock your child's artistic potential today with How to Draw Cute Stuff: A Step-by-Step Drawing Guide for Kids from Catherine V. Holmes, author of the bestselling How to Draw Cool Stuff series.

Imagination has never been this adorable!

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About the Author

Catherine V. Holmes is an art/ELA teacher and visual artist from historical Plymouth, Massachusetts. She studied at Boston University and at Bridgewater State College where she earned her BFA and MA in ED. She is currently working towards her second Master s from the University of Scranton. Catherine Holmes specializes in portraits, architecture and illustrations. Her art is inspired by her feelings, ideas, and experiences, whether they are found in nature, the media or in man-made structures. Catherine is also heavily influenced by the interests and suggestions of her students. "To see success through their eyes inspires me to be a better teacher and creator of art."

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