Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

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About this ebook

Drawing activities, art instruction, and advice for artists and non-artists alike.
Urban sketching--the process of drawing on the go as a regular practice--is a hot trend in the drawing world. It's also a practical necessity for creatively minded people in a busy world.  In this aspirational guide, self-taught French artist France Belleville-Van Stone emboldens readers to craft a ritual of their own and devote more time to art, even if it's just 10 minutes a day. She offers motivation to move beyond the comfort zone, as well as instruction on turning rough sketches into finished work. 

Belleville Van-Stone learned how to draw through her own daily practice and knows first-hand how hard it is to find time to incorporate creativity into a busy life. She encourages and teaches us how to do it with advice and guidance such as:

·         An A-to-Z list of daily sketch prompts, from airports to bananas, faces to hands, meetings and workplaces
·         Tips on what drawing supplies you can and should have--and how to carry them around
·         Sections on accepting mistakes, drawing with limited resources, and redefining completion
·         Plusses and minuses of going digital, including apps, styluses, and brushes

For those of us who dream of drawing in the minutes between school and work, bathtime and bedtime, and waking and walking out the door, the practical advice in Sketch! is a revelation. By sharing her own creative process, Belleville-Van Stone Sketch inspires artists both established and aspiring to rethink their daily practice, sketch for the pure joy of it, and document their lives and the world around them.

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32 reviews
Sandra Hould
October 14, 2023
I had a lot of fun reading this book as it awoken in me the love of painting digital again. I usually used more traditional methods, but going back to digital has opened me to new possibilities and I can only credit it to this book that inspired me to do so.
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Madison Chandler
March 3, 2015
4.5 stars I wasn’t expecting as much as I got from this book. The first think I automatically thought was “Wow it’s beautiful” the picture definitely did not do it justice. Not only is the art in this book fantastic and a great reference, the information and tips on drawing was honestly very helpful. Great things this book includes: Example drawings/ step-by-step artwork Beautiful artwork/drawings Relatable with great writing Comfortable and easy to follow set up Helpful tips on sketching and drawing Wonderful detail Specific help Beautiful colors Great insight on realism Perspective on different types of drawings Aesthetically pleasing cover Nice feeling pages and cover (I don’t know why I like this with books, but I do.) I would definitely recommend this book to anyone in need of new technique or really - anyone who wants to draw. Honestly, it does not matter if you have 20 years of experience or have never been able to draw anything but a stick figure: this book is helpful. Let’s tally up the points! Cover: 5/5 stars Contents: 5/5 stars Characters: N/A Plot: N/A Writing: 5/5 Description: 4/5 Recommend?: 5/5 (to artists/aspiring artists)
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candy cane
June 3, 2015
I wish I was good at art but it's great !!!!
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About the author

FRANCE BELLEVILLE-VAN STONE is a self-taught French artist who loved cars and drawing as a child. As an adult, she studied English instead of going to art school, and became a public school teacher. She has been living and teaching full-time in the U.S. since late 2004.

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