Saturday 21 November 2020

Book Review: Sketching Techniques for Artists by Alex Hillkurtz (Non-Fiction / Art)

Title: Sketching Techniques for Artists
Author: Alex Hillkurtz
Publisher: Rockoport Publishers
Publication Date: 5 January 2021
eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / Art
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Learn dynamic sketching and watercolor techniques for creating cityscapes, landscapes, figures and faces, still lifes, and more, enhancing the story you want to tell with form, line, and color.

Discover incredible methods and tips for creating dramatic street scenes and vivid landscapes, and capturing dynamic figures and graphic architectural details. Artist Alex Hillkurtz, a top Hollywood storyboard artist and international workshop instructor, presents fundamental concepts of sketching with pencil and pen for a number of popular genres. Discover simple ways to jot down spontaneous ideas in pencil, capture rough details in ink, and add watercolor for extra depth and interest.

Make sketching more enjoyable by adopting innovative techniques that will make a difference in your practice, and your artwork. No matter your experience or skill level, you’ll benefit from learning:

Compositions that draw the eye
How to avoid common sketching mistakes
Ways to create light and shadow to define shapes and add interest
Successful ways to use negative space

The importance of perspective in creating depth
Easy color washes that create drama
Get started today, and fill your sketchbooks with unique drawings and paintings you will be proud of.


Sketching Techniques for Artists is a nicely presented work with some good tips and ideas. Although it mentions figures and faces, the bulk of this book focuses on architecture and landscape sketching. There is the usual introductory section on choice of materials and methods before the book kicks off. If you are interested in figure drawing, you'd be best served finding a book that specialises in that. However, this is an excellent reference work if you are keen to sketch landscapes or, in particular, city scenes, since it goes into great detail on the best approaches for drawing various building features, and how to find the most dynamic angles and lighting for your sketch.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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