Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location

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Develop your own creative approach, no matter what your skill level with The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing. The third volume in The Urban Sketching Handbook series, Reportage and Documentary Drawing, is about drawing as a form of journalism or documenting life. This includes drawings events such as parades, music performances, sporting events, speeches, and can include everything from newsworthy political events to simply documenting a day's adventures. It's about being attentive to your surroundings, and telling that story through your sketches. Artist Veronica Lawlor explains how to use art to find and tell the stories around you. From visual journalism to simply sharing your emotional experience of a place, a reportage illustrator has something to say to their audience. Just as there are all types of written stories to be told, mystery, horror, romance - this volume of The Urban Sketching Handbook series reminds artists, sketchers, doodlers, and illustrators that there are all types of visual stories waiting to be told. And the next step is to go out and tell them! Some of the key concepts explored in this volume are: - Observation - Context - History - Ritual - Understanding - Storytelling - Drama - Documentation
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About the author

Veronica Lawlor is the author of One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media, published by Quarry in October 2011, and One Watercolor A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity Using Watercolor, Pattern, and Design, published by Quarry in December 2013. Other books by Ms. Lawlor include I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories of the Ellis Island Oral History Project and September 11, 2001: Words and Pictures. I Was Dreaming received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was the awarded by the NCSS in 1995. It is currently part of the NY State teaching curriculum. In addition to her book pursuits, Veronica Lawlor is an instructor at Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and her own Dalvero Academy. She is an illustrator and the president of Studio 1482, the illustration collective that contributed illustrations to One Drawing A Day and One Watercolor A Day. Veronica Lawlor is also a correspondent with Urban Sketchers, and her work was featured in the Quarry book: The Art of Urban Sketching, as well as in the first two issues of the Urban Sketching Handbook series.

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Sep 10, 2015
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Drawing with Charcoal For Beginners 
Step By Step Guide to Drawing Landscapes – Portraits – Animals 

Learn to draw with charcoal using familiar items around you and famous wizards. Over 250 pages of examples and steps to follow. 
You will love the step by step approach by the author to teach how to become an artist using charcoal as a medium to produce life like paintings. 

Rendering Harry Potter in Charcoal 
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Drawing and Rendering 
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Sahara Desert in Pencil 
The Chocolate Hills in Charcoal 
The Lone Tree in Pencil 
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Nature’s Path in Pencil 
Desert Rock Formation in Charcoal 
The Bridge in Charcoal 
Tips to Remember 
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Portrait of the Little Girl 
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 Learn How to Draw Land Animals For the Absolute Beginner
Introduction: Drawing tools
Sketching Animals
The contour shape
The planes
Linear shading
Imaginary light source
Smeared shading

Sketching Animals - The contour shape
To properly construct the figure of any subject you want to illustrate, observe the structure of its form and find what kind of shape that can resemble its body structure.

The idea is to have a basis for portraying the mass of the figure. The basic shapes can be easily positioned upon your desired perspective or point of view. 

• Obtain the most basic form of the animal you are going to draw.
• Use the basic form as a reference for constructing the main outline.

The main outline is the most important element for the subject to be distinguishable. Remember that the basic figure (basic shapes) is mainly a basis for its mass in the simplest form, this is just a way for you to see the subject as a multidimensional figure, and any change in position will gradually change the manner of how the figure should be outlined.

The primary outline may overlap, replace, or replicate the basic figure.

If the portions of your animal are smoothly spherical (circles used to simplify the form), then the primary outline would simply overlap or replicate the simplified form, but if the part has ridges such as the face of the animal (nose, eyeholes, cheeks etc...) then the basic form should be modified to illustrate the exact shape of the head.

• The basic forms will be your guide to properly lay out each linear shade. 

Observe the first sphere. The linear shades do not bend properly with the contour shape but it can show the dimensions by leaving the center of the sphere unmarked. These are hatches that use the point of light as a reference.

The linear shades on the second sphere bend with the contour shape of the figure. The lines show the proportions by interpreting the form by flowing with it. These hatches use the point of light and the manner of its bend to show dimensions.

If you are going to use a single set of hatches to shade the subject, use the method of the second sphere, and then use the method of the first sphere to darken and enforce the visual depth. 

Thin and light linings are used to portray the dimensional shape. Follow the contour figure of the basic form to properly portray the shade values according to its perspective
Easy Step by Step Guide For Kids To Understand The Basics of Drawing Human Faces.

The "How To Draw Faces" guide will enable your child to communicate with the outside world with visual intelligence. They will learn to express their feelings, emotions and wants more efficiently.

Peter Child's " How To Draw Faces" will help your children develop important cognitive skill . They will learn to express their emotions by drawing faces of parents, family m friends and people that they see in the TV . This will teach them how to become a better artist.

Targeted towards young aspiring artists seeking to develop their technical and drawing skills and build a repertoire of skills.

Gradually your children will learn to express their feeling towards their family, friends and loved ones. They will learn to adapt to different situation and take action accordingly. For example, they will learn to recognize a celebrity in the TV whose faces they had drawn earlier.

With time , your children will build in confidence in drawing . At the same time they will be confident to recognize people and reproduce any human being that they see.

If you are looking for a drawing book to guide your kids through step by step, you got it! This book is simple at the same time challenging. Simplicity will mean that your children will enjoy their work. Challenging will mean that they won't get bored . They will progress higher by going through the steps.

Even the youngest artists can learn how to draw people's faces step by step from basic shapes such as circles and ellipses. This book shows 33 example of drawing human faces .

Benefits of the book:

"How To Draw Faces" by Peter Childs will help you children with-

Communication skills.Memory and recognition skillsHand-Eye co-ordinationsEarly art conceptPride is drawingUnderstanding of the worldMotivation and patienceColor vocabulary

Don’t let your child fall behind. This isn’t necessarily about the quality of their current artwork, it is about their ability to communicate with their surroundings.

Order this book and you will see how the simple process of improving your child’s ability to draw peoples and faces will translate into an improved ability to connect with the world.

Award-winning illustrator Gabriel Campanario first introduced his approach to drawing in The Art of Urban Sketching, a showcase of more than 500 sketches and drawing tips shared by more than 100 urban sketchers around the world. Now, he drills down into specific challenges of making sketches on location, rain or shine, quickly or slowly, and the most suitable techniques for every situation, in The Urban Sketching Handbook series. It's easy to overlook that ample variety of buildings and spaces and the differences from city to city, country to country. From houses, apartments and shopping malls to public buildings and places of worship, the structures humans have created over the centuries, for shelter, commerce, industry, transportation or recreation, are fascinating subjects to study and sketch.

In The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes, Gabriel lays out keys to help make the experience of drawing architecture and cityscapes fun and rewarding. Using composition, depth, scale, contrast, line and creativity, sketching out buildings and structure has never been more inspirational. This guide will help you to develop your own creative approach, no matter what your skill level may be today. As much as The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes may inspire you to draw more urban spaces, it can also help to increase your appreciation of the built environment. Drawing the places where we live, work and play, is a great way to show appreciation and creativity.

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