The Artful Sketch

The Artful Sketch : Learn How to Create Step-by-Step Artistic Drawings

4 (7 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?


Riding on the wave of adult colouring that inspired a generation of budding casual artists, Mary Phan's sketching workshops have had an incredible reception by makers who are looking for a new creative outlet. In The Artful Sketch, she shares the exclusive secrets from these elite workshops with 15 detailed, fully illustrated tutorials. In each sketch, Mary walks readers through the basics, from using a ruler and pencil to sketch out the basic shape, to adding details like shadows, using a black pen to highlight the final sketch and adding colour to bring it to life. By the end of each tutorial, readers will have a professional-level work of art that they'll be proud to share as a gift, send as a card, post online or hang on their wall. The tutorials are arranged by popular themes such as a dessert station with individual tutorials for an elaborate cake and hanging dessert bar; patisserie with a gorgeous storefront and window frame; and seasonal mantle with a basic fireplace mantle and designs for each season of the year.

With an emphasis on luxury, abundant beauty and Mary's calm encouragement, this book will inspire readers to relax into a blissful state of creative joy while they draw. The book will also feature styled photographs of the sketches. Fans of adult colouring books, calligraphy and hand lettering won't want to miss this! This book has more than 40 step-by-step illustrated tutorials, and 20 photographs of styled sketches.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 205 x 228 x 10mm | 538g
  • Essex, United States
  • English
  • 20 photos
  • 1624146074
  • 9781624146077
  • 820,058

Review quote

"I have seen Mary take a room full of people who could barely draw a straight line (myself included) and give them the tools to sketch a reasonable facsimile of the subject. This book synthesizes her amazing technique for a very lucky broader audience."
--MARCY BLUM, author and celebrity event planner

"The Artful Sketch is the easiest way to learn to draw your ideas onto paper. With her beautiful examples and kind commentary, you'll soon be impressing yourself AND your friends with your new artistic talent!"
--CECI JOHNSON, designer and founder of Ceci New York and Ceci Style

"A must-read book for anyone who desires to be creative. You'll learn from the best!"
--LUCIA DINH PADOR, editor-in-chief of Utterly Engaged

"Mary is exactly what the beginner needs when embarking on a sketching journey. Her methods are clear, concise and created to ensure success! Mary's joyful style and color choices go a long way in inspiring the budding artist to pick up a pen and dive in."
--Kristy Rice, author, artist and founder Momental Designs

"Mary is the expert when it comes to teaching anyone how to sketch. She is an industry leader and her innovative style, brilliant techniques and approachable lessons will be just the thing that anyone looking to learn needs in their resource library."
--Sean Low, president, The Business of Being Creative LLC

"Mary has given us creatives the tools to learn how to share our art with our clients and illustrate all of the crazy ideas we have in our heads. I am not only excited for this book but the many to follow."
--Eliana Baucicault, publisher and editor of B Inspired Magazine, celebrity wedding planner

"Learning from Mary has really shown me how much value cake sketches can bring to my business. Her techniques have enabled my team to book more clients and find more exposure on social media. Now I provide my clients with professional, high quality sketches to set their mind at ease and give them confidence that their cake dreams will be brought to reality!"
--Jason Hisley, celebrity cake designer, owner & executive chef of Cake By Jason
show more

About Mary Phan

MARY PHAN is an artist and the founder of Very Mary Inspired. As the creator of The Sketchbook Series, she has taught sketching workshops throughout North America. Mary has been featured in Utterly Engaged, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Flutter Magazine, and many more publications. She lives in Northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area.
show more

Rating details

7 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2)
4 57% (4)
3 0% (0)
2 14% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X