Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques (英语) 平装 – 2014年3月1日
"There's a chapter on choosing a sketchbook, and a chapter on pencils and pens and paintbrushes, there are chapters on technique for lighting, for drawing heads and hands and feet, all the requisite chapters for a how-to-draw book. What makes this book so useful are the chapters on more nebulous concepts, like how to choose a subject, or what to do when people notice you drawing. What Chapman's book does that makes it so helpful is that, instead of saying, "One day you might be able to do this, and maybe people will take you seriously," Chapman makes you, the artist, feel like a confident member of an envied community. She notes that almost everyone wishes they could draw, so the very idea that you're doing it at all makes you seem incredible."
--San Francisco Book Review, www.sanfranciscobookreview.com
"An exceptional selection for intermediate and advanced artists looking to step out of the studio."
Thomas Thorspecken (aka Thor) attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. There, his work as a freelance illustrator for The Daily News included sketching historic buildings throughout the city. After 10 years at Disney Feature Animation Studios, he continues to pursue his passion through sketching and teaching.
I have to say honestly that the book's main value to me isn't tips on drawing, or tips on an approach to learning to draw. I think there are many much better books about learning how to draw. I recommend those by Andrew Loomis particularly, but there are many others too. This book is mainly about taking a certain mindset with your drawing. It's about sketching in particular, about getting out and boldly drawing what you see and experience without worrying too much about creating works of art. The idea is to concern yourself mostly with capturing the essence and feeling of a situation with a simple sketch, on whatever level of ability you may be on, without undue fuss. There's a lot of value in that as a general way of life, whatever else your artistic goals might be, and pen and ink with watercolor or water-soluble colored pencils, using water brushes, is the perfect medium for it. With such a medium, you are pretty much forced to just "go for it," which is a good thing.
There have been moments when I grew tired of this book and put it down. Sometimes it kind of seems to be repeating itself. But for me it has been the kind of book that has proven itself to be worth absorbing slowly, and the main thing is learning from the examples of all the sketches, along with the author's comments about them.
His pictures and descriptions are engaging and inspiring, and made more difference to my life as an artist than almost any other book. It is one of the five books I would save if my house was on fire!
I would like to recommend this book to any level of artist who would love to sketch more!