On sketching

I often check out art instruction books from my neighborhood library. But I never spend enough time with any one in particular before they are…

The late Robert Weaver is known for his journalistic approach to illustration. The artwork he published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life and Esquire…

I recently discovered the existence of an institute dedicated to reportage drawing: The Melton Prior Institute. It is named after Melton Prior, an English artist who worked…

Urban sketching is mostly a hobby, but it can also benefit many people in their professional occupations. In his new book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery ($65, Wiley…

Urban sketching enthusiasts relish the opportunity to draw a new city while on vacation or on a business trip. Mike Daikubara, an industrial designer based…

The New York Times includes contributions from artists in its Opinion pages, a practice I wish many newspapers followed. These contributions are called “Op-Art” and…

Fellow urban sketcher James Hobbs asked me a few questions for an article he published in the summer issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. Mainly, he wanted to know…

The title of this post comes from the subject line of an e-mail I received yesterday from my sketcher friend Teresa Lawson in Port Townsend,…

Knowing I would be sketching horses for this week’s column, I took a little time to learn about the animals’ anatomy beforehand. A Google search on how…

San Francisco-based artist Paul Madonna is the author of “All Over Coffee,” a drawn feature that runs every Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle. His beautiful drawings of…

I’m not familiar with Sylvia Plath‘s writing, but I just learned that the acclaimed American poet was also an urban sketcher. The Telegraph announces that a selection of…

People use Moleskine notebooks for all sorts of things. They take notes, doodle, glue receipts and even create three-dimensional paper sculptures out of their pages. Many artists…

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