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Strokes of Genius 6: Lights and Darks

Quick Overview

Enjoy the best artwork from more than 100 contemporary artists.

Regular Price: $35.00

Special Price $8.75


You’ll love this drawing book if:

  • You are a fan of the Strokes of Genius series
  • You want to see what top drawing artists of today are creating
  • you love hearing about the artistic processes of fellow drawing artists

Don’t underestimate the value of value in your drawings! From the darkest darks to the lightest lights, the sixth edition of the beloved Strokes of Genius series has brought the meaning of value to a whole new level. Each artist has a unique perspective on value that draws us in, tells stories, and transports us to sights and scenes that are breathtaking in realism or created with a distinctive style. With more than 100 pencil, pen and ink, pastel, charcoal, and colored pencil artists, you’ll sure to enjoy hours of beautiful artwork with fresh insight and ideas from these artists that cannot be found anywhere else.

In Strokes of Genius 6: Light and Dark you’ll find:

  • 140 drawings depicting portraits, still lifes, figures, landscapes and animals
  • Incredible fresh-from-the-studio insight from the artists themselves
  • A variety of artwork depicted in mediums like pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel and more

A Word from the Editor

“Tonal value is one of the key art elements—some would argue the most important of all. The consideration of tonal value is essential for any drawing. Even a simple line drawing consists of decisions about value and thickness of the line. In a more complex drawing the artist generally decides on a value key, whether in the light or dark range or with a full range of values from black to white. It is tonal value that most creates the illusion of three dimensions in a drawing, and it is also the foundation of design.

I hope the wonderful collection of art here in
Strokes of Genius 6 stirs you toward fulfilling your creative dreams.” —Rachel Rubin Wolf

About the Editor

Rachel Rubin Wolf is a freelance editor and artist. She has edited and written many fine art books for North Light Books, including Watercolor Secrets; the Splash: The Best of Watercolor series; the Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing series; The Best of Wildlife Art (editions 1 and 2); The Best of Portrait Painting; Best of Flower Painting 2; The Acrylic Painter’s Book of Styles and Techniques; Painting Ships, Shores & the Sea; and Painting the Many Moods of Light. She also has acquired numerous fine art book projects for North Light Books.

Additional Information

SKU U4572
Product Type Book
Pages 144
ISBN13 9781440330391
Instructor Rachel Rubin Wolf
Skills Drawing, Creativity
Skill Level Experienced
Media Graphite, Charcoal
Content Portraits, Still Life & Floral
Art Style Hyperrealist
Product Fulfillment N/A
  1. Beautiful review by Mel on 11/1/2017

    Art should make you feel, and this book does just that. Every page is inspiring and I just love it. It would make a wonderful gift for your art friends!

  2. Book met my expectations and more ~ review by Mary on 5/3/2016

    I’ve been looking for a drawing resource that is not so much instructional, as is a collection of high quality drawing images that are large enough to let me study artists’ results from a variety of techniques to achieve certain looks.

    If one is looking for complete instruction, this is not the book, but here are several reasons why this book met my grade:

    Each image has a corresponding paragraph from the artist explaining something important about how or why they achieved the result of their drawing. It’s this personal touch that makes the book invaluable - giving just a hint of information, but enough that allows an artist to discover techniques on their own.
    A couple of gems that I picked up in the book. The one consistent message I heard over and over throughout the book was about value, artist Scott A. Williams message was spot on, “The correct use of value is critical for defining forms, controlling edges and creating a believable three-dimensional reality.” Period, end of story - get the value right and all else falls into place. I’ve returned to drawing in B&W over the last several months to work more on values, lights and darks. In the book artist Linda Lucas Hardy summed up perfectly why I’ve been working so hard on this aspect of my art, “Value without color has the power to standalone – color without value can’t.” It gets no better than this simple enough, but very powerful statement.
    Many images fill the full 12” x 9.5” page, but you’ll also find many in the range of ¾ and ½ page sizes too. For me this is an important aspect because the sizes allow me to see very clearly the artists’ work, and analyze their drawing techniques.
    Additionally the larger sizes allow me to see the differences in how certain surfaces (papers, boards and other) and mediums perform as they respond to the artists’ strokes and touch. Very important because I have a tendency to get in a rut using the same support surfaces just because it’s there. But here my vision for future works was sparked with many creative possibilities.
    And finally, the quality of construction and materials this book was made from. It’s a good solid, hefty book measuring 12” x 9.5”, with a matte finish used for the book cover and inside pages. The high quality thick paper used for both the book cover and inside pages is top notch – meaning it could get a good handling from readers and won't get worn down quickly.

  3. Wonderful coffee table book review by Michael on 8/7/2015

    A fantastic collection of great artwork. Beautifully designed, this book is not only great as a coffee table book but a reference for artists.

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