Pencil Art Workshop

Pencil Art Workshop by Matt Rota

Techniques, Ideas, and Inspiration for Drawing and Designing with Pencil

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592690
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In Pencil Art Workshop, well-known artist and illustrator Matt Rota demonstrates several techniques in graphite, then ties it together with an international gallery of artists for inspiration.

The humble pencil is the world’s most flexible and forgiving drawing material. Pencil Art Workshop is the platform for artist and educator Matt Rota (author of The Art of Ballpoint) to show you key techniques that every artist should know. Following along with Matt is easy as he explores the pencil’s phenomenal, and sometimes surprising, range.

Turn to any chapter--Drawing with Line, Drawing with Tone, Drawing Quickly, Photorealism, Adding Color--and you’ll discover, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, how to choose the right pencil for your specific project, and how to use it to its fullest in every drawing style. Each chapter in Pencil Art Workshop also includes a gallery of edgy and inspiring works by contemporary pencil artists to enjoy and to receive inspiration from.

Matt Rota is a New York artist who currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts graduate visual narrative program, and has taught in the illustration department at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His drawings and prints have been exhibited at the National Arts Club, the Society of Illustrators, and Last Rites Gallery in New York; the Copro Gallery in Lost Angeles; Galerie L'Oeil du Prince in Paris; and other international locations. He has received recognition and awards from American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3 magazine, Creative Quarterly, Spectrum, and Lurzers Intl Archive, where he was listed as one of the top 200 illustrators worldwide. Matt Rota is the author of Rockport's The Art of Ballpoint.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592690
Illustrations: 250 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm
A pencil timeline
A brief history of the pencil
Tools and Materials
Chapter 1: Drawing with line
A variety of ways to use line, explaining line weight, and the expressive qualities of line. Exercises that elaborate each point.
Chapter 2: Drawing with tone
Shading with the pencil. How to create a simple even shadow. How to use a full range of tone to create complex shadows. Drawing with the eraser to create highlights. Building up tones with hatching and and varying pressure.
Chapter 3: Drawing what you see quickly
A discussion of drawing from observation. Exercises on drawing quickly in a sketch based method, relying less on accuracy and more on documenting what you see.
Chapter 4: Photorealistic drawing
Discussion of the differences between photorealism and classical realism. Understanding how to see and understand the complex tonal range and relationships within a fixed composition.
Chapter 5: Adding color
How to add colorful elements to a pencil drawing. Each exercise will incorporate a different medium to consider.
Artists Directory
About the Author

Rota wants readers to use the pencil to its full potential, and he has provided an arsenal of tools to help reach that goal.