Art of Sketching

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With just a few bold, quick, and spontaneous strokes, a sketch can capture the spirit of any subject. This outstanding guide—which follows The Art of Drawing, The Art of Drawing the Human Body, and The Art of Drawing Landscapes—teaches everything a novice needs to know to master the art of sketching. Richly illustrated with close-ups of works in progress, it offers strategies for composing intuitively, gaining control of a linear drawing, producing shadows and textures, using tones, and many other vital ...

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With just a few bold, quick, and spontaneous strokes, a sketch can capture the spirit of any subject. This outstanding guide—which follows The Art of Drawing, The Art of Drawing the Human Body, and The Art of Drawing Landscapes—teaches everything a novice needs to know to master the art of sketching. Richly illustrated with close-ups of works in progress, it offers strategies for composing intuitively, gaining control of a linear drawing, producing shadows and textures, using tones, and many other vital techniques. There are discussions of tools, plus advice on working outdoors and choosing a topic that’s appropriate for a beginner. As students learn, they’ll produce both natural and urban landscapes, as well as human figures, alone and in a crowd.

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American publishers have discovered and translated a trove of art instruction books published by Parramon Ediciones in Barcelona. This book is the latest find, and it's well worth our attention. This beautifully designed volume emphasizes the freedom of sketching as opposed to more formal art techniques; as the text notes, "Making a sketch requires thinking with a pencil, that is, letting the pencil work impulsively and not very rationally, freeing it from the control of the mind." From ballpoint pens to the rich tones of ink washes and color paper, the work offered here is inspiring. If your budget is slim, this is an especially good buy. For a more extensive, and expensive, work see Sarah Simblet's The Sketch Book for the Artist.


—Daniel Lombardo
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402744235
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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