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Mastering Sketching: A Complete Course in 40 Lessons

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Improve and develop your drawing skills!

Sketching is a vital artistic skill. Learn to use sketches as the basis for finished paintings and how to create sketches that are visual statements in their own right.

Mastering Sketching offers 40 carefully planned lessons complete with projects devised to help artists put theory into practice. Judy Martin guides you along the path of becoming a comfortable sketch artist with exercises to help you get ...

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Overview

Improve and develop your drawing skills!

Sketching is a vital artistic skill. Learn to use sketches as the basis for finished paintings and how to create sketches that are visual statements in their own right.

Mastering Sketching offers 40 carefully planned lessons complete with projects devised to help artists put theory into practice. Judy Martin guides you along the path of becoming a comfortable sketch artist with exercises to help you get started and to progress through various sketching materials and subjects. Filled with encouraging examples, along with practical and easy-to-follow advice and demonstrations from leading artists, you will be inspired to practice your sketching.

Mastering Sketching will be an indispensable resource for any artist.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is illustrated with a rich range of examples of effective sketches, which Martin broadly defines as an artist’s personal record of his or her observations. Sketching is presented as a valuable growth tool for artists because they are under no obligation to show these experiential notations to others. Beginners and seasoned artists alike can benefit from these lessons and from the habit of daily sketching they foster" - Library Journal
Library Journal
Martin, who has taught at several art schools, has compiled 40 short sketching lessons that concentrate on media, techniques, subjects, and ways to incorporate sketches into finished artworks. The book is illustrated with a rich range of examples of effective sketches, which Martin broadly defines as an artist's personal record of his or her observations. Sketching is presented as a valuable growth tool for artists because they are under no obligation to show these experiential notations to others. Beginners and seasoned artists alike can benefit from these lessons and from the habit of daily sketching they foster.
Library Journal
Martin explores a range of subjects and media, and these 40 lessons are a good basic guide for starting a sketchbook and developing it as a daily creative practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596682801
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 661,991
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Martin spent six years studying drawing, painting, and printmaking at art college and university in Britain, winning a first-class diploma in art and design and the postgraduate degree of Master of Fine Art. She has taught at several art schools and exhibited her work in London; she now combines her painting career with working as a writer and editor.

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Table of Contents


Section 1: Getting Started
Introduction
Project 1: Sketching wherever you are
Project 2: Immediate subjects
Project 3: Sketching outdoors
Project 4: Sketching on the move
Focus on: Travel notes
Project 5: Pencil, ballpoint, felt-tip pen
Project 6: The magic of line
Project 7: Visual shorthand
Project 8: A sense of timing
Project 9: Sketching in ink
Project 10: Freeing the eye and hand
Project 11: Sketching movement
Focus on: Zoo studies
Project 12: Charcoal and crayon
Project 13: Color notes
Project 14: Color studies
Demonstration 1: Kitchen interior

Section 2: Learning From Sketching
Introduction
Project 15: Structures
Project 16: Space and distance
Project 17: Pastel and crayon
Project 18: Light and shade
Focus on: Interior light
Demonstration 2: Boatyard
Project 19: Sketching from the masters
Project 20: Framing the composition
Project 21: Selective composition
Focus on: Composition sketches
Project 22: Watercolor and gouache
Project 23: Recording detail
Project 24: Texture
Project 25: Pattern
Project 26: Mixed media
Project 27: Using the sketchbook page
Project 28: Sketching on colored paper
Demonstration 3: Covered bridge

Section 3: Themes
Introduction
Project 29: Landscape
Project 30: Townscape architecture
Project 31: Life studies
Project 32: People
Project 33: Portraits
Project 34: Animals and birds
Project 35: Nature
Project 36: Interiors and still lifes
Project 37: Holidays
Project 38: Special events and locations
Project 39: The developing image

Section 4: Applied Sketching
Introduction
Painting
Illustration
Theatre set design
Costume design
Fashion
Jewelry
Ceramics
Textile design

Index

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