Sketchbooks are, by definition, difficult to define. They can document one's travels, focus on a single genre, function as a workshop to sharpen skills, or provide a space for preliminary sketches preceding larger works. For Simblet (Anatomy for the Artist ), the sketchbook is a tool for investigating ideas and recording knowledge, a mirror through which she makes sense of and engages with the world. After a richly illustrated section on tools and techniques, the book features chapters on animals, plants and gardens, architecture, the body, portraiture, costume, earth and the elements, abstract lines, and gods and monsters. Novices may want to begin with a more standard work, like Michael Woods's How To Keep a Sketchbook , but Simblet's remarkably comprehensive and inspiring book is the best choice for the serious sketchbook artist or the amateur with a high horizon. [Page 69]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
An introduction to the art of drawing explores a wide variety of media and techniques for both novice and experienced artists, with practical guidelines on such topics as shape, shading, portraiture, architectural renderings, nature, and perspective.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A comprehensive reference for novices and students reveals the techniques used by master artists and demonstrates through a series of "drawing class" exercises how to approach a wide range of subjects, from portraits to still life, using a variety of techniques. Reprint.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Sketch Book for the Artist takes its journey of investigation beyond the shores of Fine Art, covering a wide range of themes from portraits to plant studies and still life, and showing how to tackle each subject in a variety of different ways. From quick pencil sketches to fully finished color studies, the author uses "drawing classes" throughout the book to skillfully demonstrate each technique. Alongside drawings by famous Masters, the book uses the artist's drawing book as the center of its investigation, examining attitudes and demonstrating techniques that will excite the imagination and enhance the skills of the reader.