Art Book Review of SKETCH! by France Belleville-Van Stone


SKETCH! The Non-Artist’s Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life by France Belleville-Van Stone

Age range: Teen and adult

Genre: Arts and crafts

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (November 4, 2014)

Source: From Blogging for Books for review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

An inspirational manual for integrating sketching into daily life for artists and non-artists alike.
Urban sketching–the process of sketching on the go as a regular practice–is a hot trend in the drawing world. In this aspirational guide, French artist France Belleville-Van Stone offers motivation to move beyond the comfort zone, as well as instruction on turning rough sketches into finished work. By sharing her own creative process, which includes sketching by hand and digitally, Belleville-Van Stone emboldens readers to craft a method of their own and devote more time to art, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day. Sketch will inspire artists both established and aspiring to rethink their daily practice, sketch for the pure joy of it, and document their lives and the world around them.

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting book for several reasons.  The first being that it didn’t explore life as an artist (selling, business, etc), but focused on sketching and drawing simply for the love of it.  The book was precisely what it claimed to be — a non-artist’s guide to drawing.  Another reason it was interesting is because the author is self-taught. It was fun to read an art book aimed at people who like drawing but don’t count on it for their livelihood. 

The other things I liked about this book were the sections on supplies and digital art.  The author uses very few supplies, and I’ve never seen digital art explored in a traditional art book before. The author talks about the benefits and drawbacks of drawing digitally, different styluses, and the various art apps available.

The downside to this book is that it tends to ramble.  I got impatient often, but found that if I stuck with it, it had great advice to offer.  The other thing I wasn’t fond of was the inspiration section, mostly because I’m not interested in drawing bags, glasses, and shoes unless there’s some larger reason to.

This is a good book for a teen or adult that are just starting out in art or just like to draw and want to improve their skills. 

Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


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