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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (28 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440334714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440334719
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Make the world your studio!

Capture the bustle and beauty of life in your town.

Experience life as only an artist can! Join the rapidly growing, international movement of artists united by a passion for drawing on location in the cities, towns and villages where they live and travel. Packed with art and advice from Marc Taro Holmes, artist and co-founder of Urbansketchers.org, this self-directed workshop shows you how to draw inspiration from real life and bring that same excitement into your sketchbook. Inside you’ll fi nd everything you need to tackle subjects ranging from still lifes and architecture to people and busy street scenes.

  • 15 step-by-step demonstrations cover techniques for creating expressive drawings using pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor.
  • Expert tips for achieving a balance of accuracy, spontaneity and speed.
  • Practical advice for working in the field, choosing subjects, coping with onlookers, capturing people in motion and more.
  • Daily exercises and creative prompts for everything from improving essential skills to diverse approaches, such as montages, storytelling portraits and one-page graphic novels.

Whether you are a habitual doodler or a seasoned artist, The Urban Sketcher will have you out in the world sketching from the very first page. By completing drawings on the spot, in one session, you achieve a fresh impression of not just what you see, but also what it feels like to be there . . . visual life stories as only you can experience them.

About the Author

Marc Taro Holmes has been an artist, art director and designer for 18 years. He is a founding board member of UrbanSketchers.org, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of location drawing and art blogging. By trade, Marc is a video game 'concept artist,' working for companies such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Disney. He was also a contributing artist in The Art of Urban Sketching (Quarry, '12). http://urbansketchers.org


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This books is so far the most comprehensive one I've seen. Offers tips for beginners to intermediate and details the process really well. There are some lovely sketches inside and it's definitely a book you get value out of because it's not just a reader's digest of drawing.
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this is an excellent book. I really enjoyed Marc's course on craftsy & looked for more of his work & found this book. I was not disappointed. He has a lovely, free style and has really helped me break out of the mould I was taught found at school, that is, all the paper must be painted, no white bits left, and always have a black line around your work. His 3 step method is super and his text really helpful and inspiring. I always look out for his work now and any further books he writes, or courses he makes, I shall be buying straight away.
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Good introduction to the subject with ideas for keeping your kit minimal so you really do carry a sketchbook everywhere and sketch at every opportunity. Some good exercises and ideas to you going and keep you practicing
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Found this book to be very helpful with lots of ideas on how to approach sketching on the street.
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I purchased this book after taking the author's class on Craftsy. I find his instructions clear and inspiring, especially as I'm rather new to the genre. I'd recommend this book for anybody interested in improving his or her skills in sketching and watercolour.
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Content of the book is excellent, well written and a good method to work through to help you sketch from life. However, the quality of the printing/photos is truly awful, can't recall seeing another book that is as poor. The photos are dark and really odd looking with poor colour rendition. The background of the pages is printed with a linen effect, it is so poorly printed I though the pages were dirty at first. While this does not affect the usability of the book it did effect my enjoyment, as part of buying a physical book and especially an art book is enjoying the visuals. Glad I did not pay a great deal for this.
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Brilliant book, I have the DVD also which inspired me to buy the book - very pleased with both........
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Interesting, covering basic ideas and projects. Always good to see others' work
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