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Sketching on Location

Author(s): Matthew Brehm

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2012

Pages: 186

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“Sketching on Location” means making a relatively brief and direct drawing of a subject within view of the artist. It means making a complete sketch on-site, rather than working from photographs or memory.

Sketching on Location focuses on recording observations of existing places, whether they are grand and historic or humble and quotidian. The techniques and principles can be applied to a wide variety of subjects.

Sketching on Location:

  • Is visually focused providing many illustrations throughout
  • Provides a background and brief overview of the subject
  • Covers topics including materials, techniques, value, color, and more

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Introduction
Brief History of Sketching on Location
Representation and Abstraction
Sketching as a Craft
Learning to Sketch

Chapter 2: Materials
Selecting Sketching Materials
    Quality
    Consistency
    Variety
Paper
Sketchbooks
Pencils
    Charcoal
    Colored Pencils
Pen and Ink
Watercolor
    Brushes
    Colors
    Palette
Accessories
Sketching Supply List

Chapter 3: Getting Started
Basic Techniques
Sighting and Measuring Techniques
Choosing Subjects
Planning and Beginning the Sketch

Chapter 4: Setup 

Composition
Perspective
    Diminution
    Convergence and Vanishing Points
    Eye Level and Horizon Line
    Finding the Horizon Line
    Horizontal and Sloping Lines
    Multiple Vanishing Points
    Vanishing Points Off the Page
    Vertical Vanishing Point
    Repeated Modules in Perspective
    Curves in Perspective
    Curvilinear Perspective

Chapter 5: Value
Applying Value
Contrast and Counterpoint
Forced Shadows and Reflected Light
Material and Detail as Value
Color and Value

Chapter 6: Color
Starting Simple
Colored Pencil
Watercolor

Chapter 7: Entourage
People
Landscape Elements
Vehicles
Street Furniture
Skies

Chapter 8: After Sketching
Storing and Protecting Sketches
Reproducing Sketches
Sharing Sketches and Sketching with Others
Final Thoughts

Bibliography

Index

Matthew Brehm

Matthew Brehm first studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. He is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, where his teaching responsibilities include design studios, graphics courses, and an annual two-month study abroad program in Rome, Italy, that he initiated in 2007. In 2010, Matt received the University's Hoffman Award for Excellence in Teaching and his sketches have been recognized with awards on two occasions in the Design Communication Association's Biannual Juried Drawing Exhibit. He was involved as a Board Member in the founding of the Urban Sketchers non-profit organization in 2009, and presented workshops and lectures at the group's first two symposia in Portland, OR, and Lisbon, Portugal.

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