Learn How to Draw in Charcoal & Graphite Pencil
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copy of my pencil drawing technique book.
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and illustrated by J. D Hillberry, published and distributed world-wide by North Light books,
this technique book has sold over 65,000 copies to date. The English version is found in
over 480 public and university libraries around the world including
libraries in South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong
Kong and Taiwan. It
was also recently translated into
search for “Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil” lists over 800
sites that are either reviews or links to retail outlets carrying the
The only way to receive a personally signed copy is to order it from this site or one of my art shows. This 128-page book contains 150 color illustrations that demonstrate my techniques for creating realistic drawings. The step-by-step
lessons show how to render the look of metal, wood, fur, hair, leather and many other realistic textures. It is geared
to artists who have some basic drawing skills that want to take their drawings to a higher level of realism, but even beginners will find it helpful.
- All the materials you'll need and how to use them, including choosing the right paper and media for your subject.
Tips and Techniques for Pencil Artists
- Learn tips like how light effects the appearance of textures and how to keep your drawing clean. Techniques for basic strokes, blending, combining charcoal and
graphite pencil and other unique lessons for creating extremely realistic looking artwork.
Drawing Realistic Objects
- Step-by-step demonstrations teach you how to draw textures such as metal, glass, weathered wood, leather, barbed wire, people - including eyes, skin, hair - and tips for drawing clothing and fur.
Putting it all Together
- Follow along with full-length, detailed, step-by-step demonstrations to create two incredibly realistic drawings.
A few Testimonials:
I am a beginner drawer and find that this book is a
must-have. I think that everyone, beginners and pros alike,
will learn something valuable from Hillberry's book. He's a
master artist and I am thrilled to be able to find out his
"secret" techniques of which combination of paper,
pencil, eraser and blending tool is used to create each
Get this book and you won't be disappointed.
This book was an incredible find. I've poured over the
pages 4 or 5 times in just a month. It is filled with
step-by-step techniques and- unlike many books of this type-
offers REAL content to the reader. The book explains JD
Hillberry's amazing realism techniques. It explains his use
of graphite and charcoal to render values and depth in his
drawings. Included are suggeste dlists of materials, a TON
of photographs and lots of instruction for the beginner or
pro alike. An EXCELLENT resource. Worth every penny.
Of all the many "how to" art books I own, this
is the one book I would grab if my house was on fire. The
explanations as well as the illustrations make it delightful
to recreate a 3 dimensional setting with all its textures
and depth. And it's possible with simple, basic drawing
implements. It inspires me.
I have purchased many books that I had hoped would help
better my skills as an artist. I found this book to be the
best that I have ever purchased. The amount of detail that
the author-artist demonstrates was an excellent fit for me.
I have a passion for detail in my work and few published
works have been able to satisfy my need to improve that
aspect of my avocation. J. D. Hillberry is a true
artist/craftsman and works magic with the pencil.
I highly recommend this book for beginners to the advanced
artist. It should be on every bookshelf of every artist,
established or newcomer. Brilliant!
Below are some samples of pencil drawings done by
people that have purchased my book.
This is drawing done by Monica from Georgia
before she purchased my book. It's a nice drawing but void of
contrast and texture.
This is what she was able to do after purchasing
my book and working through the techniques. Great Job, Monica!
This drawing was done by Eric S. after he
purchased my book. Everything here is drawn, including the frame
and the little dedication he made to me. Thanks so much, Eric.
I'm flattered for the dedication and so happy that my techniques
have helped you create such beautiful work.
Add the a drawing pencil set and the 3
extra pencils that I recommend to the book for an additional $22.99
Recently, I collaborated with
General's Pencil Company to produced a special drawing kit that
contains many of the pencils I use and recommend. This drawing kit
features a mini sample of one of my charcoal and pencil
drawings entitled "A String of
Memories" along with a guide that explains the pencils and blending
materials used to create the drawing. I also have available 3 more
pencils that are not included in the kit but I feel are an essential
part of my drawing materials.
Featuring artwork and materials guide by
J. D. Hillberry
Plus 3 more Essential Pencils
2h extra hard charcoal
9xxb extra soft graphite
595 soft carbon sketch
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