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Artist’s Sketchbook: Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the Spot

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For the amateur artist, working from real life may provide a significant challenge. With so many changing variables in a real life situation, working from a photograph seems far less stressful. In her latest book, however, Cathy Johnson not only makes “on the spot” sketching seem possible for the average artist, but strongly preferable.

In Artist’s Sketchbook, Johnson addresses technical aspects of sketching from real life, including supply considerations and issues unique to a variety of different environs. She also provides exercises and informative step-by-step demonstrations throughout the book. Nevertheless, her approach to “on the spot” art is what makes this book so valuable. Johnson explains that working from real life provides a depth and freshness to the end result, which may not be possible with a photograph. This result is unsurprising, as Johnson recommends seeking subjects that speak to the artist’s heart and bringing a deep, abiding curiosity to object or locale. For readers, sketching from real life becomes not a formidable challenge, but a creative opportunity for capturing the beauty of our everyday lives. Those artists who think sketching from real life beyond their ability may suddenly find themselves grabbing their sketch kit and heading for the door.

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Cathy Johnson
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4.5/5
Format:
Trade
Page Count:
128 pages
Publisher:
North Light Books
Publish Date:
2016-07-13
ISBN:
9781440338809
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Issue:
September 2016
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Crafts & Hobbies
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Publication Date

2016-07-13

Format

Trade

Publisher

North Light Books

Issue

September 2016

Page Count

128 pages

ASIN

1440338809

ISBN

9781440338809

Star Count

4.5

Book Author

Cathy Johnson

“Artist’s Sketchbook: Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the Spot”

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