Monday, November 9, 2020

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Techniques for Beginners: How to Build a Practice for Sketching on Location


The Urban Sketching Handbook: Techniques for Beginners is a tutorial and style guide in the Urban Sketching series - this volume is by Suhita Shirodkar. Released 3rd Nov 2020 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 112 pages and available in flexibound format. 

The introduction and tutorial sections are arranged logically with accessible and understandable text. It's illustrated throughout in color with numerous sketches by several different artists (not just the author), showing a variety of styles. The tools and supplies are basic and easily acquired without much expense. Most of the supplies will already be available for most readers. Each of the small mini-tutorials show process pics and how they develop along with some explanatory text.

The study tutorials are arranged thematically:objects, places, and people. The overall feel of the book is rich in technique, useful, and varied and I saw so many things which got my fingers itching to jump in and start drawing. I think most (non)artists are a lot more shy about drawing on paper/media and this book has a lot of good suggestions for picking up materials and making a start.

Five stars. I really liked this book and will definitely use it going forward for my own drawing sessions. I would recommend it to artists of all levels. It could also make a valuable text for more formal classroom/group type instruction. There's a *lot* of information included here.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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