Sketching Techniques for Artists
In-Studio and Plein-Air Methods for Drawing and Painting Still Lifes, Landscapes, Architecture, Faces and Figures, and More
by Alex Hillkurtz
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Pub Date 9 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 28 Dec 2020
Quarto Publishing Group – Rockport Publishing, Rockport Publishers
Discover incredible methods and tips for creating dramatic street scenes and vivid landscapes, and capturing dynamic figures and graphic architectural details. Artist Alex Hillkurtz, a top Hollywood storyboard artist and international workshop instructor, presents fundamental concepts of sketching with pencil and pen for a number of popular genres. Discover simple ways to jot down spontaneous ideas in pencil, capture rough details in ink, and add watercolor for extra depth and interest.
Make sketching more enjoyable by adopting innovative techniques that will make a difference in your practice, and your artwork. No matter your experience or skill level, you’ll benefit from learning: Compositions that draw the eyeHow to avoid common sketching mistakesWays to create light and shadow to define shapes and add interestSuccessful ways to use negative spaceThe importance of perspective in creating depthEasy color washes that create drama
Get started today, and fill your sketchbooks with unique drawings and paintings you will be proud of.
The For Artists series expertly guides and instructs artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and representational art.
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Wow. Very good and original book about sketching that makes you want to begin isntantly. After the usual materials you find a very interesting approach: you have to tell a story. So you have to answer the questions: What, Where, How, When, Who. You learn the essential about composition, perspective. The next chapters are dedicated to the subjects: still lifes, landscapes, artchitecture and figures and finally the tecnnique of the watercolor. Well written, beautifully illustrated, well presented.
I liked this book. It's practical. It covers many interesting topics in sketching. I love how the advice is structured - from more basic items to more complext compositions. I especially liked the part about the perspective in architectural sketches, cityscapes. I would have liked some more focus on shading and on use of colour, but then again, this is sketching techniques. Also it might have been useful to give more "steps" in sketching and offer more examples. All in all, useful, even if you are only a hobby artist as I have become since Covid started.
A nice and helpful guide full of hints and tips, but disappointed not a touch more figures and form included, but a great guide for me and other beginners trying to teach themselves during lockdown Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Sketching Techniques for Artists is a nicely presented work with some good tips and ideas. Although it mentions figures and faces, the bulk of this book focuses on architecture and landscape sketching. There is the usual introductory section on choice of materials and methods before the book kicks off. If you are interested in figure drawing, you'd be best served finding a book that specialises in that. However, this is an excellent reference work if you are keen to sketch landscapes or, in particular, city scenes, since it goes into great detail on the best approaches for drawing various building features, and how to find the most dynamic angles and lighting for your sketch.
Thank you Netgalley for letting me read this book in return for an honest review. This book is very informative and I really enjoyed the architecture parts due to enjoying architecture photography so I have reference photos that I can use! The book not only helps my drawing skills but it also helps me refine my photography! Rating: 5⭐ Would I Read It Again? Yes Would I Recommend it? Yes
Very informative and easy to follow along. I like how the author explained different techniques and showed a variety of mediums. It was clear and easy to follow along with great tips that help improve the readers skill
Whew, if you need a manual of deep looking at what is in front of you and new techniques for expressing that, here you go. The basics are included: materials, composition, perspective and more. If you copy the tutorials, your grasp of what you are seeing will multiply - as will your ability to replicate it in 2 dimensions. It's not particularly pretty. That said, whether you're starting out with a pencil or pen, or if you're adding life and color with paint washes, you'll find the expertise and clear diagrams helpful. Recommended.
Date reviewed/posted: December 5, 2020 Publication date: January 12, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Learn dynamic sketching and watercolour techniques for creating cityscapes, landscapes, figures and faces, still lifes, and more, enhancing the story you want to tell with form, line, and colour. Discover incredible methods and tips for creating dramatic street scenes and vivid landscapes, and capturing dynamic figures and graphic architectural details. Artist Alex Hillkurtz, a top Hollywood storyboard artist and international workshop instructor, presents fundamental concepts of sketching with pencil and pen for a number of popular genres. Discover simple ways to jot down spontaneous ideas in pencil, capture rough details in ink, and add watercolour for extra depth and interest. Make sketching more enjoyable by adopting innovative techniques that will make a difference in your practice, and your artwork. No matter your experience or skill level, you’ll benefit from learning: ****Compositions that draw the eye ****How to avoid common sketching mistakes ****Ways to create light and shadow to define shapes and add interest ****ways to use negative space ****The importance of perspective in creating depth ****Easy colour washes that create drama Get started today, and fill your sketchbooks with unique drawings and paintings you will be proud of. The For Artists series expertly guides and instructs artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and representational art. I am not the best drawer but this book is perfect for artists like me and those with mad skills. There are tonnes of tips and ideas that will get you to draw amazing creations no matter what you are drawing. It covers the gamut from people to buildings so there is a lot to learn here… Remember, practice makes “perfect”. I just wish that this book came up before Christmas as it is a perfect git, along with some paper and pencils … maybe give the teen or older artist in your family and IOU this book for their gift?? As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒
Alex Hillkurtz's Sketching Techniques for artists is not really a "generic" sketching book, but rather one that I feel falls into the genre/trend of "Urban Sketching." That's not necessarily a bad thing by any means, but because of that, it's definitely worth knowing going in that this book will feature more landscapes, buildings/architecture and city scenes than it will say, figure sketching (which does appear, but is brief). And you won't see any life drawing sketching here either. Instead, this book follows a very standard formula of "urban sketching," - basic introduction to pens and pencils with a clear preference for what's most portable, and then the addition of watercolors, followed by discussing all the necessary techniques for choosing and crafting your sketch subjects on location. I feel the most valuable additions Hillkurtz gives to this format is his emphasis on the "gesture" of architecture and buildings in relation to one another, followed by his developed eye for composition and talking about where to position oneself for the best view -- clearly inspired by his time as a storyboarder.
I love how the author approaches drawing and painting from the perspective of someone who has a background in storyboarding and illustrations for film. For example, one of his headings is Using the language of film to tell a story, and still-life can be a “poem made visible.” He presented fresh ways of looking at sketching and painting such as “draw a verb, not a noun” and watercolor is a dance in which we must be ready to adjust if the paint begins to improvise. There are useful tips and techniques for composition, perspective, still life, landscapes, architecture, figures, and watercolor. In other words, all the essentials. Because of the above reasons, I really enjoyed this book. I wish each chapter was longer with more material though. As it is, this is a small volume with about 73 pages. Great for learning urban sketching, either for the beginner or the sketcher who wants to enhance their art. After reading this book, I hurried to follow the author on social media!
A great book with lots of useful tips for all levels of artists. It goes into great depth about composition and perspective, and shows you what could make a great picture, and what doesn't work. Easy to follow, it will help you refine your drawing skills and improve your techniques.
It is an advanced course book for artists. First of all its illustrations are wonderful and soulful. It goes in depth to cover all important aspects of realistic drawing especially of nature. It sheds light on perspective while drawing, postures, moods, watercolor, shadows and body movements. A really important book full of practical wisdom and one book that will be very helpful to polish your drawing skills.