"I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil." ~Ernest Hemingway
Shadow casting is one of the rendering processes. Every artist and designer will benefit from an understanding of how a certain shadow is shaped depending on the movement or location of a light source.
I've never been to Paris, but sitting on the patio of a Parisian cafe and writing, sketching, people-watching the day away is definitely on my bucket list. Images of Paris only add details to my daydreams about this future trip, and this lovely courtyard shot is the latest inspiration for my sketchbook.
As hobbies go, urban sketching gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil, you are equipped to start drawing your city or village, the people who live there, and the things that are happening in it.
"Colored pencil are transparent by nature, so instead of 'mixing colors' as you would for painting, you layer colors on top of each other to create blends." -from The Art of Colored Pencils
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is taking place in New York City this week, and it got me thinking about the art of fashion — not only the manufacturing of the actual clothing but also the countless sketches and design work that inevitably went into every piece.
"Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions." ~ Coco Chanel
Oh man, my favorite types of art books are ones that inspire more than they admonish.
Have you ever thought about designing clothes? Or maybe designing jewelry? Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or you just want to make some great pieces to add to your wardrobe, most designers will tell you that it all starts with the sketch.
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