By Rachel Rubin Wolf

Awe-inspiring works via modern masters, in addition to the secrets and techniques at the back of its creation.

Drawing is the main intimate and fast type of self-expression, basic to each artist's skill to speak with a viewer. The feel of strength and expression that may be captured in mere strokes of charcoal, ink, pastel, marker or any of the opposite modest mediums proudly represented during this booklet is astounding.

A gleaming occasion of the paintings of drawing, Strokes of Genius positive aspects kinds starting from meticulous realism to innovative flights of fancy, from lyrical sketches created in mins to intricately layered renderings that took months to complete.


169 stand-out examples of the best drawing being performed this present day, chosen from hundreds and hundreds of submissions from round the world.
An striking diversity of kinds, fabrics and strategies overlaying a big selection of topics, together with nonetheless existence, the determine, animals, landscapes, pics and more.
Comments from the artists provide firsthand perception at the production of every art, assorted views on drawing, and clean principles and techniques.
An incomparable resource of idea and pleasure for artists and artwork fans, Strokes of Genius includes 1000's of mixed years of workmanship, creative breakthroughs and, particularly, striking drawings that depart a long-lasting influence.

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A thin swath of wash selectively applied over the eyes provides a hint of three-dimensional rendering but keeps the focus on flat patterns and optical contrasts. TWINACT Juanita L. Gammon . Wash with pen and ink . indd 33 2/13/07 10:08:37 AM RAIN OR SHINE Lori Lyn Greenstone . Pen and ink wash . 19" × 24" (48cm × 61cm) Creative Drawing Tool On a rainy Sunday in Arles, France, I sketched Van Gogh’s distinctive marks at an exhibit of his drawings. Deeply inspired, I stepped out onto the wet street just as a band marched by.

Indd 40 2/13/07 10:10:12 AM PEANUT VENDER Mr. Dana Fravel . Pen and ink with computer enhancement . 11" × 8½" (28cm × 22cm) MUSIC MAN Mr. Dana Fravel . Pen and ink with computer enhancement . 11" × 8½" (28cm × 22cm) Sketching for Ideas My original ideas come from sketchbooks. Illustrated characters evolve from quickly rendered pencil sketches. I work up compositions using traditional design vellum overlays with ink over original pencil sketches to make a final ink master. I then scan this ink master into the computer to be further worked with Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Indd 55 2/13/07 10:30:16 AM No Rubbing Compound Working from a photograph, I used a grid to ensure proper placement of the subject in 51 on 31. I like to build my drawings in layers, using softer degree pencils from 5H to 9B. Drawing in layers makes pencil-only blending easier, so I can avoid using fingers, stumps or other tools to blend. I used a flat watercolor brush to blend the shadow on the hood of the car. Most of my drawings are from photographs, mainly because of time. It took me approximately seventy hours to complete this drawing.

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