Saturday, November 22, 2014

365 Hints and Tips for Drawing and Sketching

Katherine Tyrrell has outdone herself. Not only does she have the number one art blog in the UK and 11th in the world, but she also now has a new book! The book titled, 365Hints and Tips for Drawing and Sketching is getting great reviews already. A quote from the publisher on the back cover is it in a nutshell"a far cry from other dry, run-of-the-mill art instruction books" The book has two editions one by Asian publisher (Page One Publishing) and another produced by North Light Books, titled Drawing 365: Tips and Techniques to Build Your Confidence and Skills. For a treat you must check out Katherine's blog, Making a Mark. Here's the link.

I am honored to have many of my pastels included in the book, including Beltway Bliss which is on the front cover! Thank you Katherine! I can't wait to see the book in hardcopy.

Here is a review of the book from Parka blogs:
"Here's a book I received from Page One Publishing. It was on my shopping list initially.
There are actually two publishers for the book. Page One Publishing is distributing this book for Asia under the title 365 Hints & Tips for Drawing & Sketching while North Light Books has it as Drawing 365: Tips and Techniques to Build Your Confidence and Skills. They have different covers.
The author is Katherine Tyrrell who's also the blogger for the rather popular art blog called Making a Mark. She also draws and paints and some of her artworks are in the book.
As the title of the book suggest, it features a bunch of hints and tips on drawing. The idea is to use one of these tips each day, to try something different, have a new artist endeavour, explore, experiment. It's more like a motivational book to get you to draw day, and in fact some of the text are motivational tips.
You'll need basic drawing skills to get the most out of the book because the book does not cover much on the techniques.
It's a fun book to follow along and you can create your drawing schedules using the ideas provided. The book is split into three parts. The first covers the basics, second on the subject matter that you can draw and third on materials you can try out.
There are many interesting and useful tips, such as on tackling pet commissions, how to light a still life, draw buildings without understanding perspective, mixing up your drawing medium, ideas on places to draw, things to look out for when drawing certain subjects and the book also covers the basic art fundamentals like observational drawing, composition, proportion, etc. It's a book you can dive into on any page. I like the variety of tips even though some are rather brief but still useful nevertheless.
It's a good book for those who like drawing and sketching.


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