Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sketch - A Book Review

Sketch - The non-artist''s guide to inspiration, technique, and drawing daily life by France Belleville is the perfect book to give the aspiring artist (or anyone who likes to sketch) the motivation and inspiration needed to begin sketching their daily life.  

It doesn't matter if you have been sketching for a long time and consider yourself a skilled artist or if you are just starting out.  There are many creative prompts and detailed instructions that will give you the direction you need to move beyond your comfort zone and begin drawing great pictures.

Excerpt from Chapter 1:  "Have you ever wanted to simply draw but didn't because you did not know what to start with?  Is you lack of training a source of inhibition?  have you ever felt a longing for artistic creativity but shunned drawing becasue you saw it as a skill that couldn't enable you to make a living?  Have you ever felt eager to document the world around you buy always felt poorly qualified to do so?  have you ever needed a creative kick-start but never knew where to turn?  Have you ever felt discouraged by your own incapacity to lay something right on paper?  Have you ever thought you had to be formally trained in order to draw?"

I have always loved drawing.  In the past few years I have incorporated it more into my life.  I doodle, I nature draw, and I sketch.  I do not consider myself a good artist my no means, but it is something I enjoy and it is a very relaxing hobby.  Since I am not very good at it I like a good book that gives direction, but it is very hard to find a book that really helps.  This book really hit the mark for me.  Not only was it insightful and motivating, the samples of the author's work is simply beautiful.  

The book is separated into 6 chapters.  The first chapter covers the preliminaries, the second chapter covers what supplies are needed, the third chapter is basic techniques, the fourth chapter is drawing when time and resources are limited, chapter 5 is going digital and chapter 6 is prompts.

So whether you are a beginner or a novice this book would be a great asset to your home library!

***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.


  1. Looks like a great book. I have loved art journaling for years and have tried to keep a daily journal or a nature journal but often give up. I took art in Middle School, have always drawn and doodled, but do feel, like you said in a previous post that practice is what it takes to get better and feel more comfortable. Did you ever do that nature journal in 2012 that you talked about starting based on Edith Holden's book? Have a good weekend.

  2. Hi Tammy! Yes, I did start a nature journal. It's an ongoing project. My family loves to camp and hike so I usually take it with me and when I get the opportunity I sit down and draw something on our adventures! I still don't consider myself an artist and my work is far from perfect, but it is something I enjoy! I've been doing some doodling lately and really enjoy that as well! Thanks for the comment!!