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The Urban Sketcher

Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location

By Marc Taro Holmes

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Format: Paperback, 142 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 28 November 2014
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, 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, 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).

EAN: 9781440334719
ISBN: 1440334714
Publisher: North Light Books
Dimensions: 27.53 x 20.96 x 1.3 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Alongside participating in a few drawing classes on-line this year, I have purchased a few books about sketching with my main interest being pen and wash. I came across this book through a Sydney Urban Sketcher, Liz Steel whose work is featured in the book as well as other artists.

The subtitle of "The Urban Sketcher", Techniques for seeing and drawing on location, is an apt description. The book is well planned to provide the reader/sketcher with some good advice about putting together a good kit to use on the move, and then practical instruction about drawing a wide variety of subjects. In three main sections, technique is well explored for 1) Graphite: drawing, 2) Pen & Ink: line and contrast, 3) Watercolour: adding life.

They're an interesting breed, these Urban Sketchers, working in small groups in many parts of the world and meeting at International Symposia every so often. Worth adding to your art library.

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