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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback with flaps
  • Publication: 31 December 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219583
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 900
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $36.99

Sketching Outdoors


Discover the joy of painting outside by Barry Herniman

Book Description

Step outside with Barry Herniman and embark on a joyful adventure, reacting to your environment then sketching it.

Pack up your materials, leave your painting inhibitions behind and step outside with Barry Herniman, ready to sketch.

Fun, friendly and practical, this handbook is jam-packed with tips and brimming with answers to questions such as: What should I take? Where should I go? What medium should I use? Where can I find inspiration?

This is a handy book you will keep close by for reference time and again. It is full of inspiring artwork as well as five demos: a coastal scene in pen and ink; a countryside panorama in watercolour; a quintessential English village in gouache; a townscape in line and watercolour wash; and trees in watercolour pencils.

What comes across in every detail is the joy Barry experiences when he's sketching outside: it's contagious! He encourages you to absorb your surroundings, be aware of the input from your senses and have a go at capturing the moment in sketch. He addresses the challenges and opportunities you will face as an artist and teaches you to understand the importance of a sketchbook. Enjoyment is key shake off peer pressure and your own expectations and enter the exhilarating world of sketching outdoors.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
What do I need? 16
The importance of a sketchbook 34
Where should I go nearby? 44
Where should I go further afield? 60
What time of day? 70
What time of year? 80
Developing the artist’s eye 88
What to sketch 96
What to include and exclude 100
Countryside panorama in watercolour 108
Coastal scene in pen and ink 114
Village scene in gouache 120
Townscape in line and wash 126
Watercolour pencil woodland 134
Sketching indoors 140
Afterword 142
Index 144

About the Author

About Barry Herniman

Barry Herniman is a full-time artist who has been painting landscapes and seascapes for many years, both in the studio and en plein air. Like his paintings, Barry is full of colour and life, and his enthusiasm for sketching outside is contagious! He enjoys travelling, both at home and abroad, tutoring workshops and demonstrating to art clubs and societies, and has had exhibitions in England, Canada and the US. Barry is a regular contributor to The Artist magazine. He lives in Ross-on-Wye with his wife and five cats and is a self-taught mandolin player.

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