Woods presents many examples of images that may stand on their own merits or become the basis for studio work. A brief discussion of paper choices and drawing materials such as pen and ink, pastels, and field brushes precedes the quick immersion of the reader into actual examples that include data on the media used, paper brands and weights, and the time taken to produce the work. Whether sea- or cityscape, the accompanying text is agreeably anecdotal, even chatty. Although lacking in step-by-step procedures, How to Keep a Sketchbook provides a useful "Technical Notes" section. Whitney Scott
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Nick Michael Woods was Director of Art at Charterhouse School where he taught for many years. Trained at Norwich School of Art and the Slade School of Art, he is an established painter and has exhibited widely. He is the author of five books, including The Complete Drawing Course, also published by Batsford.
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