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Sketching for pleasure

Part 2 Practise your drawing skills and follow Tony Underhill as he continues his series with two step-by-step line-drawing exercises

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Observe first, draw second

Big shapes, then subdivide

Use hatching to show form

I hope you enjoyed using my reference photos from last month for your own sketches. Although the second grouping was slightly more complex than the first, having propped the photos up in front of me as if I were sketching the objects for real, I used the same process for both sketches: observe, simplify, big shapes, subdivide, smaller shapes, and finishing touches.

My sketches aren’t replicas of the photos, but they weren’t meant to be and I’m glad they’re not. Instead, they’re in the quick, loose close-enough-is-goodenough style I like. Most importantly, I achieved my aim of having fun doing them and I think the sketches show that. Next month I’ll offer you tips and ideas on how to add colour to your sketches. I hope you enjoy the following demos.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a fantastic array of tutorials and techniques to try in this month's issue, from how to use masking fluid with watercolour and how to fill your sketchbook, to step-by-step demonstrations in water-mixable oils, oils, drawing media, acrylics, watercolour and coloured pencils. Learn how to paint animals in wet-in-wet watercolour, draw a detailed study of a badger with coloured pencils and paint wild animals en plein air. Understand how to paint the effects of aerial perspective and how to paint portraits in miniature. This month we also have great pleasure in publishing the award-winning work from this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition. Enjoy your month of painting.