Book Review: Sketching People: An Urban Sketcher's Manual to Drawing Figures and Faces

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Lynne Chapman's Sketching People is nice addition to the growing number of urban sketching books.

This 128-page paperback features a wealth of drawing tips, techniques and wonderful sketches.

By the way, this book is published three publishers, Page One, Search Press and Barron's Educational Series. Cover art is different but content is the same.

There are tips on styles and approaches with a mix from both observational drawing and also understanding of the human figure structure. There are lots of ideas on what you can draw, where you can draw and how to draw.

If you're only sketching people, it can appear monotonous. Well, there are many tips on how you can keep your drawings fresh, such as using different drawing medium, playing with composition or just by looking at the many illustrated examples by artists all over the world. Lynne Chapman's personal sketches are delightful too.

There's also a section on how to draw outside in the public, where to look for interesting people to draw and how to react when people come up to look at what you're drawing. Lynne has also included interesting stories from her own experiences when sketching outdoors.

If you've ever found sketching people to be difficult and not sure where to start, this is a great book to get. Be sure to check out Lynne Chapman's blog too.

Highly recommended to all sketchers.

Sketching People: An Urban Sketcher's Manual to Drawing Figures and Faces is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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