Learning new methods, revisiting old ones, studying new materials, represent ways to stay fresh and keep the flow of creativity. Learning is one of my chief delights in art. You can always learn something new and useful. These days we have podcasts, videos, online coaching and teaching, and all kinds of digital ways to add to our fund of information. But even so perhaps the most important activity is reading new art books. Art books are as valuable today as ever, existing as they do in tangible, printed formats rather than digital formats. And while videos certainly fill the gaps between personal instruction and printed matter, they can't replace books. You can open a book to an image and spend all the time you need, regardless.
Mr. Thorspecken is the proprietor of a blog, Analog Artist Digital World, a site he began in 2009 vowing to do a sketch a day. Mr. Thorspecken is a highly experienced artist and illustrator, having working as a freelance illustrator and later for Disney Feature Animation.
He began sketching in and around his home in central Florida as a way to become part of it, to "finally put down roots," as he puts it on the blog.
|Typical page from "Urban Sketching,"|
The text is loaded with colored and monochrome sketches from not only the author but others, showing the variety and quality of work one can achieve with devotion and practice.
To anyone interested in sketching in the city, particularly in the various venues available to the artist, this book is recommended as a resource. For the more advanced artist it provides encouragement and new ideas. For the beginner, it provides a good, systematic approach to any sketch work.
|From "Urban Sketching," overlapping crowds|
Previous Posts in this series:
Favorite Art Books Part 10
Favorite Art Books Part 9
Favorite Art Books Part 8
Favorite Art Books Part 7
Favorite Art Books Part 6
Favorite Art Books Part 5
Favorite Art Books Part 4
Favorite Art Books Part 3
Favorite Art Books Part 2
Favorite Art Books Part 1