The book builds on Holmes' experience drawing and painting in ink and watercolor. His sketching travels have taken him all around the world, most recently to an international gathering in Paraty, Brazil.
Marc is based in Montreal. He writes the Citizen Sketcher blog and contributes to the popular group blog Urban Sketchers.
|Marc Taro Holmes, Havana Necropolis, 10 x 14 inches.|
1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3.Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
Each chapter shows a series of step-by-step demos, beginning with simple motifs like statues, cafe still life scenes, or museum objects, and ending with more challenging problems, such as complicated street scenes with moving figures.
In the first part of the book, Marc demonstrates pencil and pen techniques, allowing the line to move freely in and out of the form in a relaxed handling.
In some exercises he emphasizes line alone, and in others, he encourages the reader to spot areas of blacks, or define shadow shapes.
|Marc Taro Holmes, Lisbon, Jeronimos Interior, 15x20 inches|
1. Overall light wash, called the "tea" wash, covering the whole surface with a varying color that's more or less the local color of the object.
2. Next pass with more pigment, called the "milk" wash, defining forms and shadow shapes.
3. Final pass with thicker or stickier pigment, called the "honey" pass, adding accents and smaller details and adjusting edges.
The book ends with a gallery of about a dozen full color paintings, some reproduced large across a double page spread, so it feels like looking through pages of a sketchbook.
Details: Publisher / North Light Books. Softcover, 144 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, retail $26.99.