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Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

by France Belleville-Van Stone
Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

by France Belleville-Van Stone

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Overview

Drawing activities, art instruction, and advice for artists and non-artists alike.
     
Urban sketching--the process of drawing on the go as a regular practice--is a hot trend in the drawing world. It's also a practical necessity for creatively minded people in a busy world.  In this aspirational guide, self-taught French artist France Belleville-Van Stone emboldens readers to craft a ritual of their own and devote more time to art, even if it's just 10 minutes a day. She offers motivation to move beyond the comfort zone, as well as instruction on turning rough sketches into finished work. 

Belleville Van-Stone learned how to draw through her own daily practice and knows first-hand how hard it is to find time to incorporate creativity into a busy life. She encourages and teaches us how to do it with advice and guidance such as:

·         An A-to-Z list of daily sketch prompts, from airports to bananas, faces to hands, meetings and workplaces
·         Tips on what drawing supplies you can and should have--and how to carry them around
·         Sections on accepting mistakes, drawing with limited resources, and redefining completion
·         Plusses and minuses of going digital, including apps, styluses, and brushes

For those of us who dream of drawing in the minutes between school and work, bathtime and bedtime, and waking and walking out the door, the practical advice in Sketch! is a revelation. By sharing her own creative process, Belleville-Van Stone Sketch inspires artists both established and aspiring to rethink their daily practice, sketch for the pure joy of it, and document their lives and the world around them.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385346108
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 155 MB
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About the Author

FRANCE BELLEVILLE-VAN STONE is a self-taught French artist who loved cars and drawing as a child. As an adult, she studied English instead of going to art school, and became a public school teacher. She has been living and teaching full-time in the U.S. since late 2004.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Preliminaries 1

On Being Untaught 1

Why Draw? 6

"You're So Talented" 10

Chapter 2 Supplies 15

Toots I Use for Drawing 16

Pens 16

Pencils 18

Tools I Use for Adding Color 20

Brushes 20

Watercolors 21

Color Pencils 22

Markers 22

Tools I Use for Erasing 22

Paper I Use for Drawing 23

Sketchbooks 23

Loose-Leaf Paper 28

How Do You Carry Alt This? 31

Other Tools I Use 31

Tools and Materials I Don't Use 31

Chapter 3 Basic Techniques 33

Loosening Up 33

Crosshatching 39

Pressure and Angle 43

Adding Color 45

Chapter 4 Drawing when time and resources are limited 49

Redefining Completion 51

Readjusting Your Expectations 53

Ten-Minute Drawings 55

Improvising Your Support 61

The Upside of Drawing Fast 62

How to Draw with Limited Time and Resources 63

Accepting Mistakes 68

Keeping a Sketchbook at Hand 69

Tips 69

Chapter 5 Going Digital 73

The Pluses of the Tablet 73

The Minuses of the Tablet 74

Stylus Versus Fingertip 76

The Best Drawing Apps Out There 76

Brushes 76

Procreate 79

Paper by Fifty Three 80

The Styluses I Use 83

Drawing on a Smartphone 86

Chapter 6 Prompts 91

A-Z

About the Author 131

Acknowledgments 132

Index 133

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