Sketching

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Overview

Create beautiful sketches in just 30 minutes!

Do you want to sketch quickly and easily? This handy, practical guide encourages fast and simple learning. By working with just a few materials and focusing on key techniques, you can create successful sketches in no more than half an hour. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions, original color illustrations, and expert advice from a leading artist, Sketching provides excellent ideas, projects, and techniques for quick and easy art. The ideal book for today's busy amateur artists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061491849
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: 30 Minute Art Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alwyn Crawshaw is the author of over twenty books on art instruction. He is the founder of the Society of Amateur Artists and president of the National Acrylic Painters' Association. He regularly gives demonstrations to painting groups and has made many successful videos on painting.

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Sketching (30 minute ART)

Chapter One

Essential Equipment

For a beginner, going into an art supply store must be very confusing. There are hundreds of brushes, many different papers, and a bewildering choice of sketchbooks, pencils, and paints, all invitingly displayed.

However, help is here—on the next two pages, I will show you the basic simple materials you should buy. You don't need a large range of equipment for sketching, and for working on location you certainly won't want to carry a lot with you. At first, keep things simple with your materials and get used to them—if you want to try different ones, experience will guide you as you progress.

Pencils

Pencils come in a range of grades. The most familiar one, which you will find in any stationery store, is HB. The letter "H" stands for hard lead. Of the wide range of hard-lead pencils available, the most useful for beginners are 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, and 6H. On the other side of HB are the "B," or soft-lead, grades. There are a wide range of these pencils, too, but the most useful for beginners are 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, and 6B.

I use a 2B pencil for most of my sketching, but there are times when I turn to a 3B or a 6B. These are the three pencils you need for the exercises in this book. You will also need a kneaded eraser for erasing your pencil marks. It is impossible to get everything correct the first time, so an eraser is as important as your pencil.

Paper

Unless otherwise specified, all the sketches in this book are on high-quality drawing paper; the remainder are on cold-pressed watercolor paper. Both can bebought in pads. There are a number of watercolor papers available, in different weights and surfaces. When I am working outdoors, most of my sketching is done in a Daler-Rowney sketchbook. Use a heavier weight paper for larger drawings.

Watercolors

Watercolors come in pans or tubes. I recommend that you don't use tubes, because you can control the amount of paint you put on your brush more easily from a pan, and a paint box of pans is more convenient for sketching outdoors. There are two qualities of paint: students' and artists'. I use artists' quality, but a Winsor & Newton Cotman pan set is a good, less expensive choice. The seven colors I use are discussed on page 22.

Brushes

The best watercolor brushes are manufactured from sable hair, and they are the most expensive that you can buy. However, there are excellent synthetic brushes on the market that cost much less than sable, and they are used by many professional artists (Winsor & Newton synthetic watercolor brushes are one example). I use a No. 10 round brush as my big brush, a No. 6 round as my small brush, and a Rigger No. 2 for thin lines. The higher the number, the larger the brush.

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