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How to Keep a Sketchbook [Hardcover]

Michael Woods
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March 1 2003
“[This] title boasts lavish, full-color examples and illustrations of techniques...a pleasure for the eye as well as [an] important resource.....Woods...presents many examples of images that may stand on their own merits or become the basis for studio work....Whether sea- or cityscape, the accompanying text is agreeably anecdotal, even chatty.... Provides a useful ‘Technical Notes’ section.”—Booklist.

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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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About the Author

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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3.0 out of 5 stars It's more of a travel sketchbook Jan. 14 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The content of the book was not what I had expected.

It's not a very technical book. There are 6 pages on the materials and the rest are personal travel sketches from artist and author Michael Woods. There's no logical structure or arrangement of the subjects featured and drawn. The examples featured are created from a variety of materials but there aren't enough coverage on how each material works with sketchbooks.

The commentary talks about the story behind each sketch and occasionally he'll give tips on drawing. There's not a lot on the techniques. So you won't really learn how to draw or where to follow up. What's lacking is perhaps more themes to explore. For example, there are some examples of drawing animals and people but they are too brief.

In essence, this is a travel sketchbook.

Other books you might explore on keeping sketchbooks are:

- Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures
- Watercolor Journeys: Create Your Own Travel Sketchbook
- Sketch Book for the Artist
- An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers
- The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's more of a travel sketchbook Jan. 14 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
The content of the book was not what I had expected.

It's not a very technical book. There are 6 pages on the materials and the rest are personal travel sketches from artist and author Michael Woods. There's no logical structure or arrangement of the subjects featured and drawn. The examples featured are created from a variety of materials but there aren't enough coverage on how each material works with sketchbooks.

The commentary talks about the story behind each sketch and occasionally he'll give tips on drawing. There's not a lot on the techniques. So you won't really learn how to draw or where to follow up. What's lacking is perhaps more themes to explore. For example, there are some examples of drawing animals and people but they are too brief.

In essence, this is a travel sketchbook.

Other books you might explore on keeping sketchbooks are:

- Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures
- Watercolor Journeys: Create Your Own Travel Sketchbook
- Sketch Book for the Artist
- An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers
- The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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