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Product Details

  • Series: Playing
  • Flexibound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Author Sherman calls PLAYING WITH SKETCHES "calisthenics for your hands and mind." With this book, she endeavors to expand readers' creativity through play, inviting them to step outside the known, disregard rigid rules they have internalized, and allow themselves to make mistakes. The exercises include back-to-basics and goal-oriented themes, and also more challenging concepts. Simple Lines, Collaborative Patterning, Five-Minute Drawings, Blind Drawing, and Sketch Share are just a few of the exercises offered. Challenge yourself to work through this book and you will really be exercising your creative muscles!" - Barbara Delaney, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine

About the Author

Award-winning illustrator Whitney Sherman was trained as a photographer, held positions as an advertising art director, publications designer, and VP/Creative Director before focusing on illustration as proprietor of Whitney Sherman Illustration. Sherman has taught both graphic design and illustration, and was undergraduate Chair of Illustration for ten years before becoming Director of the MFA in Illustration Practice program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. In addition, she is Co-Director of Dolphin Press & Print @ MICA, and owner of Pbody Dsign which produces limited edition illustrated housewares. She is nationally represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp, Inc., New York. www.whitneysherman.com/

Customer Reviews

Overall this is like a fun activity book that will keep an artist of any level busy.
Allen Scott
Was very pleased with adding this book to my collection, great exercises and suggestions.
love to read
I really liked this book because it provided a range of easy to follow drawing exercises.
Kass Hall

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 7, 2013
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Length: 1:17 Mins
Playing with Sketches is a collection of fun drawing exercises and projects designed to keep your hands moving, and minds wandering. There are 50 activities in all, each one's a chapter by itself. I like this type of books because there are just so many things you can try out. The author is illustrator and educator Whitney Sherman.

The book starts with simple drawing exercises, such as drawing parallel lines, creating textures, playing with shapes, patterns, or even using smoke to draw, and others.

The latter part features more ideas and projects you can work on. Some of them would be like drawing things you see on the way home, having a different theme for your drawings each day, getting creative with using typography, collaborating with other artists, and many more.

Every activity comes with easy instructions and oftentimes some background on the techniques and history. They are accompanied by various examples of the same theme by other artists, and many artists featured so there's a good variety of styles to look at.

It's a book you can pick up, flip to any page, and get some ideas and inspiration for drawing. You can find new ways to use media, see things from a new perspective, and use the ideas and activities as springboard for further experimentation.

Recommended to to artists at all levels.

There are several publishers for this book, so the cover art might be different. Seems that in Asia, it's published by Page One Publishing, and elsewhere it's by Rockport Publishers.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Allen Scott on June 30, 2014
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The layout and examples of illustrations in this book are fun, vibrant, colorful, and contemporary. It has a great modern style, and the variety of featured artists makes for an eclectic collection all in one book. There are great beginner tips and activities and simple drawing exercises to build off of. Overall this is like a fun activity book that will keep an artist of any level busy. There are helpful lists of materials that accompany the activities and the overall message is to keep playing, keep drawing, and keep practicing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kass Hall on April 30, 2014
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I am an art graduate and author but I am always looking for new books to encourage and progress my drawing. I really liked this book because it provided a range of easy to follow drawing exercises. You do not have to do them in order, and you can perhaps skip over those that aren't of interest. Practice in drawing is essential for anyone who wants to draw well - no matter your credentials, practice makes perfect and there are many exercises that can help here with that practice.

I especially like the tips in the first few pages from other artists and scattered throughout the book, as well as great website suggestions. Take your time to absorb and explore through this title - it is well worth the price.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich Sparks on December 14, 2013
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What an entertaining, useful, and good-looking book. It doesn't matter if you're picking up a pencil for the first time or if you're a seasoned vet--you will be inspired to search the unused parts of your brain and make art you didn't think you could!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Jones on July 16, 2014
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Playing with Sketches is a misleading title to me. I checked the sample pages they showed and they looked interesting so I purchased the book. However, while these exercises are certainly creative, most of them have nothing to do with sketching. Ex. collaging from junk mail flyers....I can see that it's a design exercise, but still, using the word Sketches in the title doesn't. Fit. Disappointing book for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sherriff on July 22, 2014
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Here's another book that I feel vastly unqualified to offer an opinion about, being neither a designer nor an artist, so take this review with the necessary doses of salt.

But here I am tapping away at the keyboard, supping at a Chilean red when I should by rights be in bed and dead to the world. I'm here because this book inspires me. I bought it to give me a few hints in my self-educumationing of how to draw and although the beautiful people and their sketches are way out of my league, I'm not left feeling like I'm on the sidelines.

I'm left feeling that I could do this.

As Sherman mentions in the book, so many people say they can't draw, when what they really mean is they can't draw like an Italian French or Flemish master. But who can? Instead, she offers hundreds of examples of great drawings where the idea is at least as important as the execution. She cares about what you can learn to do and gives practical advice to close the book and get sketching.

I devoured the book in a day, but it's already made a mark. I have vowed to myself to sketch everyday, to keep a blog of those sketches, and there are a dozen ideas in these pages that I will apply to my sketching to make my next book cover a success. But that's just me thinking of my own applications. Read this book and I'm sure you'd have your own ideas. And that's the point.
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