A SIMPLER WAY TO LEARN FREEHAND SKETCHING
Join Richard as he opens his sketchbook and shares with you an innovative approach to learning observational freehand sketching. In this book you will learn:
- How to draw anything with excellent accuracy
- How to see with the eyes of an artist
- How to apply emotion to select and sketch compelling subjects
- What separates artistic expression from merely copying
EXCELLENT FOR BEGINNERS, TO SEASONED ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
Beginners will find the method easy to understand and can apply it to gain immediate results. Experienced professionals will find that this method measurably improves their ability to sketch with greater accuracy and emotion. Richly illustrated, with 419 illustrations (sketches, step-by-step diagrams, and photographs), and each idea explained clearly and concisely, this no-nonsense guide is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to sketch manually or digitally (the thinking process is exactly the same).
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sketching - from Square One to Trafalgar Square, was a 12-year long project, using the classroom as a laboratory to test and refine an innovative approach to seeing and sketching. The release date was held back again and again, until the lessons had been distilled into their simplest form, and could be applied to achieve immediate results.
Written for the person new to drawing (the book opens with a dispelling of the myth that artistic talent is needed), as well as the seasoned pro, anyone interested in sketching can advance their skills and find inspiration in these pages.
In the first part of the book, you will learn 10 lessons to better drawing, starting at square one. Drawing is not a technique thing (as many people assume), it is a mind thing. People who believe they cannot draw have a simple problem: they have not yet learned how to think as they draw. As a result, they do not know what to look for. They pay attention to the wrong things. They do not know where to begin or what to do after that. They quickly become overwhelmed or stuck. For these people, drawing is no fun.
People who can draw well do so because they think differently as they draw. As a result, they know what to look for. They pay attention to the right things. They see things that those who cannot draw are not seeing. Because drawing makes sense to these people, they have fun doing it, and they continually practice and improve
If you include yourself in the first group, after reading and doing the exercises in Part One, you will understand exactly what it takes to join the second group. One does not become competent at any skill by trying 4,000 different things. It is doing a handful of things 4,000 times that creates the master. Here we will learn exactly what to look for and what to do. Practicing is then a matter of repeating these correct steps, again and again. The good news is that when you understand how to practice properly, the experience is similar to hitting golf balls at a driving range. The practice not only develops skill, but is also relaxing and enjoyable.
You will find that the lessons here can be applied to successfully draw any subject, from architecture, to landscapes, to a human figure, to anything else that interests you.
HOW TO SEE
In Part Two, we will explore the act of perception, and learn to see with the eyes of an artist.
In this part, we will close our sketchbooks and concentrate our minds on observing and responding to a subject matter. You will find that it is how you see a subject matter that will determine what you choose to sketch and how you will sketch it. The kind of seeing referred to here is different than how most people see
Seeing is a three-step process. In this process you change what you pay attention to, find something that sparks your interest, and then break the subject down so that you can translate it into your sketchbook.
All three steps are studied in-depth with easy-to-follow examples, inspiring illustrations, and an acronym so that the process can be remembered in sequence.
HOW TO SKETCH
In Part Three, we will re-open our sketchbooks and graphically express what we observe and respond to in a subject matter.
Sketching is a six-step process. As we learn the process, we will explore everything about the act of making a sketch, from composition, to accuracy, to perspective, to expressive lines, to tonal values, to contrast, and even knowing when to stop sketching. An acronym will help you remember each step in sequence.
You will also learn how to break through the tendency to copy everything in front of you, detail for detail. You will learn how to select those things in a subject that are most meaningful to you. In doing so, you will draw less but express more.
SKETCHING TRAFALGAR SQUARE
The book concludes with a visit to Trafalgar Square, where you will get an up close and personal view of how the seeing and sketching method can be applied to capture the sights and experiences at one of the world's most beloved public squares.
The book is 192 pages in length, measures 8" x 10" (landscape format), is comprised of 3 parts, 10 chapters, and contains a whopping 419 illustrations (sketches, step-by-step diagrams, and photographs). The book is softbound so that it's lightweight (just over a pound), sleek, and can fit comfortably into a backpack (perfect for those who want to take it as a companion on their travels).
WHAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR
Ultimately, what you're really paying for is not a book, but an experience. That experience is you, sketching with skill, artistry, and confidence, and having a good time doing it.
The book plays the roles of teacher, coach, and reference in this experience. All of the lessons and examples will be at your fingertips whenever you open your sketchbook. You can relax and learn at your own pace. Meant to be a life-long sketching companion, you can refer back to it again and again, for guidance, to help solve a particular problem, or for a friendly push forward, anytime you like.
You gain all of this for a price of only $29.95 (25% off the retail price of $39.95).