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Venice - A Sketcher's Guide: Pen, Ink and Watercolour on the go: Volume 1 Paperback – 31 Mar 2017
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They also knew that I had stayed in Venice a few times and had spent a lot of time exploring it.
I enjoyed the Mr Kirk's style and the way he can build up an evocative picture from seemingly simple techniques. The tools he uses, the way he uses them are all explained.
I like the fact that the book isn't an offputting wordy tome but rather a reference to be dipped into when contemplating a project.
"Now how would Allan do that"? Is a question that I am sure I will ask many times. Luckily the answers are held in the pages of this delightful book.
The artwork is reproduced to a high standard and I can see that great care has been taken produce a work of quality.
Recommended for budding sketchers everywhere but especially those who have been to or are going to visit Venice.
The author gives lots of tips and practical advice about easy to carry equipment that fits in a small back pack, how to work out what to leave out and put in your sketch (and importantly, where to start). He shows how to do very quick, and not so quick sketches and helps you to realise when to stop.
Several techniques, including pen and wash and watercolour sketching, are described in detail and there are two comprehensive exercises, one monochrome and one watercolour, where the author describes step by step how to create a piece of work from a photo when you get home from your trip away.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys sketching as a way of making the most of your holiday. It's a nice book for the coffee table as you don't need to read it from cover to cover in one sitting - you can just dip in when you have a few minutes to spare.
And the sumptuous colour illustrations throughout show just how much even a short visit to Venice can prompt.
A taste of Venice . . . and an invitation to sketch. What could be better?