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The Urban Sketching Handbook: Techniques for Beginners: How To Build a Practice for Sketching on Location

Quarry Books: Quarto. Nov. 2020. 112p. ISBN 9781631599293. pap. $17.99. CRAFTS
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Observing the world around you and then capturing it within the pages of a sketchbook is the artistic aim of urban sketching. In this introductory guide artist, teacher, and international correspondent for the nonprofit group Urban Sketchers Shirodkar (Sign of the Times: The Vintage Signs of San José’ Captured in Urban Sketches) provides fledgling artists (as well as more experienced sketchers in need of a brush up) with the basics for drawing people, places, and things on location. The instructions are concise and helpful and include a survey of the necessary tools, as well as an assortment of “Start Here” exercises that breakdown a concept like seeing contours into a series of achievable steps. Examples from artists around the globe are scattered throughout the book giving additional insights and practical tips.
VERDICT Those new to urban sketching will be cheered by the sunny tone and practical advice dispensed by this guide, which comes in a compact, easy-to-carry format with an elastic band closure.

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