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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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Drawing From Life

I used to do most of my drawing from life—rendering the subjects in front of me rather than working from a photo. I wasn’t attempting to be artsy, I just didn’t own a good camera. One way to draw from life is to draw on location, which the French refer to as plein air drawing. The idea is to hike somewhere with your drawing equipment, sit on the wet ground, swat at bugs, unwittingly find poison ivy, get sunburned and draw a so-so sketch which gets soaked in a sudden monsoon on the way back to your car. Sounds fun, huh?

Why Bother?

You might think I’m not too fond of plein air sketching. That’s not entirely true; drawing on location does have its benefits, and I’ve been known to take advantage of them occasionally. Plein air ...

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