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The Pleasures of Sketching Outdoors Paperback – June, 1969

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Pubns; Revised edition (June 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486222292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486222295
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
If I had the choice of only one book on how to draw or how to sketch, this would be, beyond a doubt, the one I would choose. The copy I am reviewing here was published by Viking Press in 1947; is a hardback, and I have owned it since I was a wee one. At some point around 1953 my parents found this nice volume and gave it to me as a present and I have been using it since. Like me, it is a quite worn now and parts are failing, but it still gets the job done.

Now this is not a book for children, far from it, but it is so well done, so well illustrated, so unpretentious, that a rather small child can use it, even one that cannot read all that well yet. This is not really a step by step how to do it book either, although it can be used as such. All of the sketches in it are executed in black and white, using either a pencil or charcoal as a medium. The pictures go from simple to complex, although not necessarily in that order. No art jargon is used; no technical terms or artistic theories clutter the text; just simply declarative sentences that say what the mean and mean what they say, all in lay language. This is so very, very refreshing when you compare so many of the books in this genre of today.

The book teaches you, as the title would indicate, the pleasures of sketching outdoors. All one really needs is a pencil or two, a sketch pad (or scrap paper, which I used as an eight year old, but only when I was out of the Big Chief tablets), some solitude, and the will to pitch-in and give it a try. The author covers the foundations of better drawing, actual field work, trees, water, clouds, houses, figures, lighting, shading , composition, sketching under difficulties and so much more.
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