Sketching People

Sketching People : An Urban Sketcher's Guide to Drawing Figures and Faces

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Drawing people out in the world is exciting; there is an immediacy and honesty to the art you create, and each sketch contains a host of memories, not just of the individuals captured on the paper, but of the place and the moment in time that the sketch occupied. But it can also be a challenge: how do you spot people who are likely to stay still for you and how do you draw

movement, for those occasions when they don't!

This book provides straight-forward, practical help to give beginner sketchers the confidence and ability to draw all sorts of people in a variety of situations. With detailed advice on how to put together an Urban Sketching toolkit and the best media to choose for particular situations, it will teach you new ways of looking at your subject, and different techniques to help you

draw more quickly and explore new styles.

Clearly written and fun to read, this book is bursting with inspirational artwork and candid advice, which will improve your drawing skills and change the way you sketch forever.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 215 x 280 x 10mm | 538g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 538 Illustrations, color; 538 Illustrations, color
  • 1782213856
  • 9781782213857
  • 39,629

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As a concept art lecturer the learners before they start sometimes say they can't draw and so the page in the book on this struck a cord. Overall the annotations are clear and cover the material well and the book is bright and lively and keeps you reading. It is easy to understand without being patronising which is a good balance. If you're looking to be an urban sketcher I'd say this is a good book. * Marian Carr * Summer 2016

This enjoyable gide to sketching on the hoof has pages packed will illustrations that promote a quick appreciation rather than in-depth study. This entirely suits the book's subject, whcih is capturing people often on the move and quickly. There is a mass of detail and it is very much up to the reader to select what interests them the most. The initial chapter on facial features is particularly useful and can be applied to any form of portraiture. It is followed by suggestions for choosing subjects and on different drawing styles to suit them, Overall, it's an inspiring and exhilarating read. * The Artist * This book is so inspirational, it has so many hints and tips on how to sketch people while out and about. I love the layout of the book with lots of little sections to read through rather than having to plod through the book from start to finish. I would never have thought of using my sketch books as diary's making little notes around sketches , recording memory's about a days sketching. This book covers everything you need to know about drawing people, in all sorts of situations from markets and towns to sketching people on trains. It covers the materials you need and hints on using different media from pens and watercolour, ink and pencils. I would definatly recomend this book for beginers and experienced artists. * Jill Birks * Overall impression of Sketching People is bright colourful and fun. I especially liked the cover which is eye catching. Would never have used some of the colours Lynne has for sketching but they work and will be more adventurous myself in future. As the better wether is arriving I will be taking my class outside and we will study this book beforehand. I struggle to get them to understand that sketches aren't perfect paintings but ideas to use in the studio. Most impressed with this book and will use some of the exercise with my class. eg first marks to tonal sketch. * Barbara Norton * I cannot recommend this highly enough. Click buy now. This is a superb book that shows you how to capture characters in many different poses and styles. It's perfect for beginners upwards. Find practical help and lots of ideas to try out. It is subtitled 'An urban sketcher's guide to drawing figures and faces' and it is just that. This book delivers. The book is divided into Getting started, Sketching Out In The Big Wide World, Different Styles and Approaches and Big Move. It covers all you need to know about sketching people and is a delight to use. I really enjoyed this book with its many, many illustrations using different mediums. * Karen Platt- * April 2016

Lynn Chapman writes and illustrates children's books and has now produced a book on sketching people for adults with the same lively viewn. With a straightforward, practical help aimed at the beginner, Lynne explains how to put together an urban sketching toolkit with advice on the best media to choose for particular situations. As well as showing you how to capture people on the move in often challenging enviroments. She will help you discover how to look at your subject objectively and to use different techniques to draw more quickly and explore mroe styles. * The Leisure Painter * Urban sketching is very much de nos jours and this vibrant and varied book is a worthy contribution to the literature. It also fits into what seems to be the accepted style of the genre, with quick, busy drawings that attempt to capture the look and the moment rather than create an idealised image or record every detail. As well as the illustrations themselves, the pages are also busy and reflect, I assume deliberately, the noise and bustle of a city street. If I were to suggest that the best place to read this would be a gluten-free organic porridge cafe, you'd detect my wry smile, wouldn't you?

Although I'm the last person you'd find in such an establishment (give me a Maccy D's every time!), I'll admit to enjoying the books the style produces. I'm not a city boy, so I don't get worn down by the noise, the rush and the crush on my occasional visits from my rural fastness. Rather, I find it all rather exciting and look on a book like this as the best of all worlds - quiet, relaxing atmosphere at home, but with a window onto a rather thrilling environment. Maybe you feel the same about books on landscape painting?

OK, so I've told you nothing about what's in this book and I'm not going to. If you know the style, it won't surprise you at all and, anyway, I want to sell you the sizzle, not the sausage. * *
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About Lynne Chapman

Lynne Chapman is an award-winning illustrator, with over 30 titles to her name. Her illustrations are pastel drawings that burst with fun and colour. Lynne also travels the country, delivering workshops, storytellings and lectures at schools, libraries and literary festivals. Lynne lives in Sheffield, UK. Visit her at
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