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Better than ok,
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I am an enthusiastic sketcher and have many, many books like this on the subject. This one's ok. But, its time these authors started to think a bit more about what they're trying to achieve, for their readers. Basically, they are publishing eye candy for sketchers. And then, what? I guess, the theory is to inspire us to replicate these images in some way. Well, if that's the case, we need MORE FROM THE ARTISTS THAN JUST THEIR SKETCHES. How did they choose their subject? How did they approach it? (what feature did they try to bring out? how close? what angle?). What style seemed right and why? We need more than just a lot of meaningless images. In fact, the images meant a lot to the artist but we never hear about it. I liked to hear about the materials they use. This was a step in the right direction. Otherwise, how is this book different or better than all the others?? Because its about URBAN landscapes? Well, urban landscapes are my passion, but this book didn't bring me as close to this subject as I want to be.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2013 00:27:11 BDT
You raise a good point. So, if you have so many such books what do you recommend most of all?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2013 11:59:28 BDT
A Reader from Stockport says:
I'd like to find a good book on this subject. I want advice on how to draw not pages and pages of drawings with no explanation except here is a great drawing I did of such and such a place. Not helpful.
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