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Virginia Hein was born in Los Angeles, California and is the author of the highly popular urban sketching blog http://worksinprogress-location.blogspot.co.uk. She received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach and now she teaches drawing and design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and at her private location sketching workshop.

Virginia lives in LA, USA.


February 2018

Quick results guides stand or fall almost entirely on whether the reader can engage with the general idea and finds the wok produced something worth emulating. A quick glance at either of these titles gives an impression of a wealth of material and a lot of ideas for your money. It also turns out that the idea is not so much to produce a complete drawing in the headline timescale as to work in bite-size chunks that are easy to absorb. Thus you have simple lessons that look at single topics such as fur and texture, anatomy, movement, trees, light and simplification. Each of these is handled in a single spread and a includes a series of tips, hints and examples that are all easy to follow. A standard format makes for easy comprehension. These are books that, while being excellent for the beginner, will also work for a more experienced artist.

* The Artist *

I'm not normally a fan of the quick-work approach. If something's worth drawing or painting, it's worth taking time over. However, I'm happy to make an exception in the case of sketching. Here, speed is frequently of the essence and less is definitely more. Stop and fiddle and the scene will be lost, or have changed substantially while you're still dithering over whether to use Payne's or Davy's Grey. Photographically, it's the equivalent of having your camera out of the bag and on a full auto setting.

There's much to like in this new series. This book is full of ideas and exercises, each one executed in just 3 pages. Sections move from technical to creative via observation and planning. Practise now and develop ways of working that'll stand you in good stead out in the field or on the street corner. Subjects include, as you might have guessed, landscapes but also urban scenes, skies and trees as well as the considerations of working at different times of day.

The approach is visual, vibrant and really rather exciting.

* Artbookreview.net *

January 2018

If finding time for drawing is difficult this new series of five-minute sketching books will be just the thing. Virginia Hein's 5-Minute Sketching: Landscapes looks at a wide variety of landscapes, from parks to shorelines to mountains and broad vistas. Well laid out and very practical, each chapter starts with tips to get you started and is then divided into focus points dealing with specific subjects. Within Seeing the Big Picture, for example, there's emphasis on horizon line, shapes, colour and light, while the chapter on Strategies and Techniques looks at how to simplify, work large and small, varying your marks and painting with a limited palette. Additional chapters include focusing on landscape elements and developing the ideas and tips already covered, such as how to tell a story, change your point of view and explore different media. Packed full with useful tips and ideas, the five-minute sketching guides offer invaluable information on sketching with inspiring and lively presentation.

* The Leisure Painter *

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