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Drawing people in the outside world can be a real thrill; each sketch captures a particular person and place in time. But it can also be a challenge. How do you spot a likely subject? How do you choose the person most likely to stay still? How do you draw movement for the person that refuses to sit still? Sketching People offers straightforward, practical help to give beginning artists the confidence and ability to draw all sorts of people in many different settings. In the pages of this book, readers will find:How to capture the essence of characterDifferent line-work stylesTechniques for creating realistic skin tonesThe key to capturing the details of street lifeWays to create fabric foldsMastering tonal drawingsConveying age differences, and moreThis clearly written, fun to read book is bursting with inspirational artwork and candid advice that will help you improve your drawing skills and change the way you sketch for the better.

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Lynne Chapman

I write and illustrate children's books, but mostly think of myself as an illustrator, as I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I am also now author / illustrator of an urban sketching book on how to draw people.

My picture book illustrations are created in pastels: I love the messy, hands-on nature of drawing in chalk, and the wonderful colour palette. I work from an attic studio, which makes it sound rather dark and mysterious but it actually stretches right across the house, with many huge windows.

I was originally inspired to become an artist by my grandad, who painted in oils in the shed at the end of his garden. The smock I am wearing in the photograph used to belong to him (and is peppered with tiny burn-holes where he used to drop roll-ups into his lap as he painted) . Grandad was also a professional restoration artist, specialising in the ceilings of royal palaces and stately homes so, all in all, it's probably him I have to thank for my genes!

You can learn more about me and my work, peek into my sketchbooks and book an educational visit or lecture at www.lynnechapman.co.uk. Or why not find out what I'm up to right now on my blog? http://lynnechapman.blogspot.com

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