Stanley Maltzman

ART INSTRUCTION

Drawing Nature

What better inspiration—and what better studio—than the incredible outdoors? This book will show you how to capture in sketches and drawings the many faces and moods of nature—cloud shadows playing on majestic mountains...the constantly changing lights of the Cumulus skies...elegant birches, tranquil ponds, a sparkling blanket of snow. Grab your

Clouds sketchpad and enjoy the open-air art of nature drawing!

Stanley Maltzman

Interesting textures on rocks are created by brushing water over charcoal—but don't overwork and destroy this happy accident. When drawing water, keep it simple to avoid a labored look.

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STEP 1: Maltzman lays down the initial tone of the sky with a 4B graphite pencil, then adds a second layer with a B pencil. The difference in value—plus the smaller, distant clouds—give the picture perspective.

STEP 2: Working lightly so he can make changes, Maltzman gives the cloud mass some dimension. He puts the darkest darks in the main cloud shapes, which guide him as to how dark the receding clouds and mountain should be.

STEP 3: Once the shapes are pretty well worked out, it's time to give them more definition by adding a little more tone. The tree shapes are balanced by the small cloud shape on the right.

Interesting textures on rocks are created by brushing water over charcoal—but don't overwork and destroy this happy accident. When drawing water, keep it simple to avoid a labored look.

Winter Leaves

18"x 22" Wolff's pencil on Whatman paper. Collection of Brenda Shears.

Stanley Maltzman Artist

About the Author

Stanley Maltzman is a naturalist artist whose affection for working outdoors stems from many years of living in the Hudson Valley region—rich in art history and gorgeous scenery.

Maltzman's drawings have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design, the Capricorn Gallery, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

His strong belief that good painting evolves from the ability to draw well leads to frequent invitations to lecture and conduct his "plein air" seminars and workshops for high school and adult students. Maltzman teaches professionally at the Hudson River Workshops in Greenville, New York. He has been featured in American Artist and is listed in Who's Who in American Art. He is a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Hudson Valley Art Association.

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