Dare to Sketch
An inspirational, instructional, and visually stimulating guide to sketching and drawing. Dare to Sketch is filled with practical tips about which materials to use, a variety of subject matter ranging from easy to more challenging, and wisdom about overcoming creative blocks and fear of making mistakes. A whimsical beginner's guide to sketching, covering all of the important basics: what kind of notebook to buy, what drawing materials to use, ideas for subject matter, and daily exercises. Includes inviting, inspirational, and idiosyncratic tips (don't start on the first page of your sketchbook!), Dare to Sketch is gorgeously illustrated with the author's unique and contemporary art style.

Dare to Sketch Details

TitleDare to Sketch
Author
ReleaseSep 19th, 2017
PublisherWatson-Guptill
ISBN-139780399579554
Rating
GenreArt

Dare to Sketch Review

  • Olga therebelreader
    January 1, 1970
    A comprehensive beginner’s guide to drawing. It is full of tips, advice and inspiration. I wish it had more illustrated tutorials. **ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
  • Spencer
    January 1, 1970
    For as long as I could remember I wanted to be an artist and that is what I studied growing up, however I’ve somehow ended up as a data analysist. I’ve continued to draw, but over the years the amount of art I’ve produced has withered to very little as my free time has been whittled away and inspiration dulled.I requested the ARC for this book as I’ve been meaning to get back into art for a while and I must say that this wonderful book has inspired me and reminded me of my love for art. Felix Sc For as long as I could remember I wanted to be an artist and that is what I studied growing up, however I’ve somehow ended up as a data analysist. I’ve continued to draw, but over the years the amount of art I’ve produced has withered to very little as my free time has been whittled away and inspiration dulled.I requested the ARC for this book as I’ve been meaning to get back into art for a while and I must say that this wonderful book has inspired me and reminded me of my love for art. Felix Scheinberger is an amazing artist with such effortless talent, his work is a pleasure to behold and his advice is incredibly useful. From materials to subjects, his advice is simple, effective and easy to follow. I’d say that this book is useful for someone such as me who has previously studied art, but it would be perfect for beginners who would definitely gain a lot from reading this.This isn’t an in depth look at art, methods and history, it is advice, guidance and encouragement – which was more useful to me than the dry books I studied in school and college. I absolutely loved this book and would wholeheartedly recommend it!I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and unbiased review.
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  • Dec
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received a copy of this work through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.***Hard to know where to start on reviewing this book…in a good way! The book was filled with tips and advice and inspiration and encouragement and sentiment, and it really captured the author’s love of sketching and his experience really shone through the pages! The author has used sketching in the same way people would take photographs, to capture a still image of a particular moment they have witnessed, b ***I received a copy of this work through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.***Hard to know where to start on reviewing this book…in a good way! The book was filled with tips and advice and inspiration and encouragement and sentiment, and it really captured the author’s love of sketching and his experience really shone through the pages! The author has used sketching in the same way people would take photographs, to capture a still image of a particular moment they have witnessed, but through the art of sketching they can highlight the important parts in a unique way that embodies how they experienced it emotionally or otherwise and make the moment more precious. Many of the sketches were further enhanced by the minimalistic use of watercolour paint that made the images come alive and “transport an emotion” to the viewer. It really made a valid argument for sketching being superior to photography or a diary in terms of recording personal events.I would have liked to have seen more stories linked to the author’s travels or descriptions describing the significance of certain sketches. The book is not so much a how-to sketch book, but rather encourages the reader to develop their own style and appreciate the uniqueness in their imperfections rather than copying the style of other artists (but in my opinion, that really only depends on what you want to get out of sketching, some people might like to sketch for compliments or other forms of personal gain that might not align with developing a love of sketching).Either way, I think sketchers of every age or level could take a lot from this book, as it is filled with unique experiences such a watercolouring with espresso and vodka. It is not the definitive guide to sketching, but it is a talented man allowing the public to peek into a very private part of his life that he treasures and the methods he has spent a lifetime learning.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always on the lookout for a sketching book to finally get me to sketch! Yea, I know... it is up to me and not a book but inspiration is always a good thing. While this one didn't quite get my butt in gear and start sketching as much as I should, it was a good primer book for those that want just some information on sketching in general.I actually didn't agree with some of the suggestions here, I didn't quite disagree either. I do like his suggestions on materials, but I think to get someone I'm always on the lookout for a sketching book to finally get me to sketch! Yea, I know... it is up to me and not a book but inspiration is always a good thing. While this one didn't quite get my butt in gear and start sketching as much as I should, it was a good primer book for those that want just some information on sketching in general.I actually didn't agree with some of the suggestions here, I didn't quite disagree either. I do like his suggestions on materials, but I think to get someone to sketch you need to make it more accessible and more relaxed. The suggested paper and pens were ideal, but I think that a much more relaxed attitude toward it gets people to start more than anything else. Ironically it is a sentiment he seems to make when getting down to how to record what you see. His attitude there is that you don't need to produce photographic type of drawings (keep those for a camera) but to get more of the gesture and feel of the objects.In the end I give this book 3 stars. It is good basic information for those starting to sketch and it does have some good inspirational sketches from the artist. I also like the last couple of pages that talked about master artists and what happened to their sketchbooks. I always love those kinds of tidbits.
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  • Ionia
    January 1, 1970
    In "Dare to Sketch," the author offers a variety of different useful tips, mostly the kind that I would associate with beginning artists. I enjoyed perusing the sketchbook images he provided, and liked looking at the different styles he incorporates in his drawings. The information he provides on drawing on the go is valuable for all artists and his discussion on materials was also interesting. I like the fact that this author is someone who keeps a sketchbook with them and has done drawings out In "Dare to Sketch," the author offers a variety of different useful tips, mostly the kind that I would associate with beginning artists. I enjoyed perusing the sketchbook images he provided, and liked looking at the different styles he incorporates in his drawings. The information he provides on drawing on the go is valuable for all artists and his discussion on materials was also interesting. I like the fact that this author is someone who keeps a sketchbook with them and has done drawings out in public in both comfortable and uncomfortable surroundings as that is something that I try to do as well. I always find the drawing you come up with when you are rushed or uncomfortable are some of the most interesting and memorable ones, so to read about his experiences made me feel good. This book covers a lot of topics related to artwork and sketching and would be excellent for a beginning artist to learn about different mediums, paper and sketchbook options and general information about the craft. The book is well organised and easy to read. Overall, I thought this was really good and would recommend it to other artists without hesitation. This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Useful little book! Short and to the point he doesn't go on about the probably hundred of types of notebooks and sketchpads, just gives a few guidelines and says don't worry about it. It was specific enough to be helpful but vague and light enough that you didn't feel pressured. Unlike his granny said, you don't need to be a master at drawing, it's just sketching, so enjoy it and you will get better. I liked the idea of it as a journal to incorporating writing. Overall a helpful resource and int Useful little book! Short and to the point he doesn't go on about the probably hundred of types of notebooks and sketchpads, just gives a few guidelines and says don't worry about it. It was specific enough to be helpful but vague and light enough that you didn't feel pressured. Unlike his granny said, you don't need to be a master at drawing, it's just sketching, so enjoy it and you will get better. I liked the idea of it as a journal to incorporating writing. Overall a helpful resource and interesting read, even if I didn't appreciate the authors unique and contemporary drawing style, it's his style to share, not to copy. The whole point is its your sketchpad and not up for others criticism or opinion, it's just for you!
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    This book was interesting & I would have rated it 4 stars, but the spacing was off in the book making it incredibly difficult to read. I finally gave up & just looked at the pictures. If they would fix the problems it appears to be an interesting book!
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  • penny shima glanz
    January 1, 1970
    When I was first learning how to use watercolours, I read Scheinberger’s earlier book Urban Watercolor Sketching and found it helpful. While I keep a mini watercolor set in my bag, I rarely pull it out to sketch. This is odd as I have no difficulty pulling out a regular notebook and taking notes anywhere.I was excited to receive an eARC of this new title and Scheinberger has done it again, he provides useful tips to help one get past the blank page and find freedom in sketching. While I have my When I was first learning how to use watercolours, I read Scheinberger’s earlier book Urban Watercolor Sketching and found it helpful. While I keep a mini watercolor set in my bag, I rarely pull it out to sketch. This is odd as I have no difficulty pulling out a regular notebook and taking notes anywhere.I was excited to receive an eARC of this new title and Scheinberger has done it again, he provides useful tips to help one get past the blank page and find freedom in sketching. While I have my own tricks for overcoming the first page in a new notebook, I like the tip of not starting anywhere near the first page and not sketching each page chronologically. This book covers everything: choosing a sketchbook, tool basics, and how to sketch everything from people to time.While you may not want to learn to emulate Scheinberger’s style, there are many useful tips for developing your own while sketching urban and natural settings. There are tips for how to apply color. There are even ideas for how to incorporate digital media to your sketchbook. I look forward to seeing how this book helps me Dare to Sketch. This review also appeared at little acorn creations.I received an eARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a review. The FTC wants you to know.
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  • Books In Brogan
    January 1, 1970
    The book give a lot of information about different art mediums that sketching can be used in it is a broad overview but not a "how to" type of book.  This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    To be reviewed at time of publication. NetGalley review pending.
  • Piper Gottschalk
    January 1, 1970
    Net Galley gave me an ebook preview of Dare to Sketch, in return for an honest review.I didn't think of this as a guide as much as a collection of tips. I enjoyed seeing pages from the author's sketchbooks. I liked how he explained about contour drawing. Not just what it is, but why it can improve your drawing in the long run. I was hoping for more things like this or more conrent in general. What was there was good. It was so short, it almost felt like reading a long blog post. I'm not sure who Net Galley gave me an ebook preview of Dare to Sketch, in return for an honest review.I didn't think of this as a guide as much as a collection of tips. I enjoyed seeing pages from the author's sketchbooks. I liked how he explained about contour drawing. Not just what it is, but why it can improve your drawing in the long run. I was hoping for more things like this or more conrent in general. What was there was good. It was so short, it almost felt like reading a long blog post. I'm not sure who would benefit most from reading this. My first thought would be absolute beginners who've never done much drawing, but then I think they would be looking for more tutorials. Maybe someone who already draws or paints, but never really used a sketchbook before. Then I think maybe it would be too simple for them. I think perhaps it would be best for people needing some inspiration to get started!
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