Fast Sketching Techniques and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Fast Sketching Techniques: Capture the Fundamental Essence of Elusive Subjects Paperback – May 1, 2000


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$23.80 $4.22



NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581800053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581800050
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

The method in Fast Sketching Techniques is easy to learn and the instruction is excellent.
Steven Larsen
The book helps capture the main essence of the scene, or subject which is the first step for testing compositions for painting, etc.
janie mcc
Not so with this much-needed book, which demystifies sketching, making it a fast, easy pastime which anyone can master.
Lynn Holbein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lee on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
With the exception of the old courtroom sketch artists, rarely do you see someone standing or sitting with just a pad and a few pencils trying for a likeness of something. Most people reach in their pocket, pull out an autofocus 35mm camera and snap a picture. Anyone can sketch with some degree of success. David Rankin shows you his techniques which rely on speed, basic shapes and dramatic shading. Whether your subject is a landmark building, your seven year old neice, or a peacock at the local zoo, this book will show you easily how to capture the image in a few brief strokes. The rewards are endless. If you are an accomplished artist, the sketches will be invaluable to you back in the studio for reference in creating full blown art pieces. If you are just looking for a way to record scenes for your own edification, you will have some dramatic fast renderings that reflect a mood, something a camera simply can not do. I love this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A reader in France on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you're hesitating over this book because of the negative reviews, let me just say that I did too, and I'm so glad that I went ahead and ordered it. It's not a drawing book for beginners but a very well-explained approach to rapid sketching. The techniques are counter-intuitive and so take a little time to learn, but the results are worth the trouble. I find that it's helping my drawing in geneneral, because it teaches you to loosen up and simplify. I really don't understand some of the reviews here, the drawings are nothing like children's drawings; they're simple but the lines are in the right place! If you want to learn how to get your impressions down on paper quickly, don't hesitate to buy this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Holbein on December 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
At last, a book which helps people produce fast, casual sketches of everyday life. Most drawing books feature perfect, professional drawings which took hours to produce -- and make the viewer think, "I could never do that."
Not so with this much-needed book, which demystifies sketching, making it a fast, easy pastime which anyone can master. With his step-by-step exercises, Rankin shows how to capture the essence of a subject quickly.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Bruner on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a book of techniques to improve your sketching speed, not your drawing ability. Profusely illustrated with examples from the authors own sketchbooks, this book is above average; the techniques work and are presented logically.
The book starts with a description of basic concepts, techniques and tools. Then, separate chapters for sketching landscapes, people and animals are presented. Each chapter includes exercises for the reader as well as numerous tips and hints.
Those who are looking for a book to improve the quality of their sketching will be disappointed. This book is about speed -- capturing the essentials of your subject in the shortest amount of time. It is expected that the reader will be able to use their sketches (along with reference photographs) as the basis for later, finished works.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Warner on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I agree this book is full of valuable tips and ideas. Rankin makes the difference between drawing and sketching clear and provides ways to practice the skill of speed sketching. He uses specific instruction and inspirational examples from his own work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kim Oravecz on July 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was so intrigued by the sketches I saw in the book when I was browsing through it I just had to buy it. This book literally changed my whole direction artistically as well as giving me confidence I never had before. Sure the sketches *appear* to be simple. What the author is teaching here is not how to make a *pretty* picture but how to truly *see* a subject and *quickly* capture your impression. If you want a finished "pretty* picture, you go back to your studio and work on it from there. For the first time ever I have the confidence to go out into public and draw people. It was always so frustrating for me that I just assumed that drawing people just was not my forte. I was wrong, I just needed to learn how to see and translate that to my hand and onto paper.

I am fortunate enough to live in the same area as David and I attend his drawing classes at the local art gallery. I learned in a couple months what would have taken me years to learn on my own. Trust me - the book is worth it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven Larsen on July 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
The fast sketching method here has a particular goal. That is, to capture information about a subject for further reference. Mr Rankin is an accomplished painter and uses this technique apparently as a basis for his watercolors. His method can produce beautiful sketches at times-as he shows- but that apparently is not the main intention.

Rankin's method presented here involves using a 9b pencil to do fast contours of separate shapes, blended together with a smudge technique, and heavily emphasising values. I tend to do all my sketches in ballpoint, without regard for shading, and without consideration for future studio work, so his method doesn't quite appeal to me personally. Still, I went through his book, practiced every exercise, and I definitely feel I learned some valuable things.

Recently, I went to a local museum to sketch, where they don't allow pens into the gallery. I brought my 9b pencils and tortillions and had a succesful trip using Mr. Rankin's techniques. The method in Fast Sketching Techniques is easy to learn and the instruction is excellent. If you are a total beginner, I might recommend a true beginner's book first, before this. Ohterwise, it's a useful addition to your bookshelf.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?