Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Fast Sketching Techniques – A Book Review

If you’re looking to improve your on location sketching the Fast Sketching Techniques by David Rankin will help. This book is full of information including an explanation of the difference between drawing and sketching. The book is divided into four chapters: The Basics, Landscapes, People and Animals, plus an Introduction.

Using a question and answer format, Mr. Rankin reduces information to select hints and suggestions that are easy to understand. Exercises are included to help work out the suggestions provided.

Some suggestions:
· think with your pencil first
· use your camera for back up
· define structure with line work first
· limit sketching to three or four values

I found this book to be easy to read and follow. The suggestions are very helpful.

Fast Sketching Techniques
David Rankin, Copyright 2000
North Light Books an imprint of F+W Publications
ISBN 1-58180-005-3
CDN $35.99 (US $22.99)

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