The Urban Sketching Handbook Spotlight on Nature

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Virginia Hein, Gail L. Wong

Learn how to make the most of nature in on-location drawings and paintings with artists and Urban Sketcher educators Gail L. Wong and Virginia Hein.

In The Urban Sketching Handbook Spotlight on Nature, Gail and Virginia share their secrets for getting beyond basic greenery. Presenting a variety of approaches, including detailed step-by-step examples and quick, insightful tips, this book explains and clarifies important fundamentals for composition and color and inspires unique treatments and points of view.

Whatever your skill level, you can bring nature to life on the page for urban parks as well as expansive landscapes with The Urban Sketching Handbook: Spotlight on Nature.

The Urban Sketching Handbook series offers artists expert instruction on creative techniques, on-location tips and advice, and an abundance of visual inspiration. These handy references come in a compact, easy-to-carry format—perfect to toss in your backpack or artist’s tote.

PRICE: $19.99 / Can$25.99 / £14.99

MEDIUM: Drawing & Illustration, Painting, Watercolor / Gouache

SERIES: Urban Sketching Handbooks

FORMAT: Paperback

ISBN: 342831

SIZE: 5 in x 8in / 127mm x 203.2 mm

PUBLISHED: June 14, 2022

Virginia Hein is from Los Angeles, California, and the landscape of the city has always been her favorite subject. She has worked as a concept and character designer for toys and entertainment, and as an art director, illustrator, and fine artist. Virginia taught drawing at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and currently teaches on-location sketching workshops. As a member of Urban Sketchers since 2009, she has taught workshops at four USk International Symposiums. Virginia has contributed her work to a number of books about on-location sketching, and is the co-author of The Urban Sketching Landscape: Spotlight on Nature and the author of 5-Minute Sketching: Landscapes. You can see her work on Instagram @virginiahein.

The co-author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Spotlight on Nature, Gail L. Wong is an architect, illustrator, educator, and urban sketcher. She has taught design drawing and architectural sketching at the University of Washington in Seattle and has also taught and lectured at several on-location sketching workshops through Urban Sketchers and at the Urban Sketchers International Symposiums. Gail returned to her love of sketching and painting after joining the newly formed Seattle Urban Sketchers. Her watercolor and ink sketches capture both the iconic and everyday views that are part of urban and natural environments. Gail's professional work includes custom residential design through Koppe + Wong Architects LLC, architectural illustration, and sketching workshops. She lives in Seattle, Washington. To see more of her work, visit her website and on Instagram @glwarc_seattle