Sketching for the Absolute Beginner by Peter Cronin

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Sketching for the Absolute Beginner by Peter Cronin includes expert advice from the author that is perfect for complete beginners loooking to improve their drawing skills.

Cronin's expertise encourages you to train your hand and eye to work together, and will help you learn that sketching is much more than just drawing quickly! His clear, simple methods drawon all the senses to help you respond immediately and naturally to the scenes you are trying to capture. Whether you're sketching as a basis for painting, or simply for pleasure, this book teaches you all you'll need to know for swift and impressive results.

Sketching for Absolute Beginners includes a variety of step-by-step exercises as well as larger projects to work through. These projects will help you develop basic skills before building on these skills to complete more complex and rewarding artwork. This book introduces a range of sketching media - starting with the trusty graphite pencil and later covering charcoal, pen, ink and more!

The Absolute Beginner book series is suitable for any artist looking to take their sketching skills to the next level!

144 page Paperback. 216mm x 280mm


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  • Introduction 6
  • Materials 8
  • The eye, the hand and the heart 18
  • Making a start 22
  • Farm in Sunlight step-by-step 28
  • Seeing the world 30
  • Harbour Scene step-by-step 46
  • S.E.T. in action 48
  • Churchyard Scene step-by-step 56
  • Types of sketch 60
  • Beyond the pencil 64
  • Composition 84
  • Fixing the Farm step-by-step 92
  • Handling complex subject matter 98
  • Boat Sheds step-by-step 138
  • Afterword 142
  • Index 144
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Peter Cronin loves the natural world. The pull of the outdoors and the fall of sunlight across the landscape inspire his work, and he can be found exploring the world around him in all seasons and weathers. Through his teaching, workshops and demonstrations he seeks to encourage, equip and help all who love art.

A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and the Pure Watercolour Society, Peter has been a professional artist for over 30 years. Completely self-taught, he has gained an enviable reputation for his watercolour and oils; both of which rely on Peter's clarity of sight and the economy of line in his underlying drawings. 

Peter lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. To learn more about Peter and his work visit his website www.petercronin.org.

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  • Sketching for the Absolute Beginner - Sketching for the Absolute Beginner by Peter Cronin

    Does exactly what it says. Good introduction to sketching and easy to follow. Avril Kay (Warrington, United Kingdom) on 18 Apr 2022
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