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Follow Julie Askew as she offers tips and techniques for sketching on the go

Sketching

If you use a fibre-tip pen for sketching, the tip will wear to your personal hand. Try not to lend it out to anyone else to use, as this changes the nib and it will not work as well for you again.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to see your subjects as shapes

Make the most of your materials

Make sketches into paintings

It is wonderful to be able to look at a subject then capture some of its character in quick sketches. It can seem a daunting discipline, even to experienced artists. Where do you start and how do you capture complicated subjects quickly? As with everything, it is all down to practice – and lots of it. The more sketching you do, the easier it becomes. In fact, it becomes rather addictive and you will find yourself looking at everything in terms of how you would sketch it.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, it is packed with practical advice, step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and tutorials to help you draw and paint successfully. David Bellamy introduces his sketchbook secrets and launches the first of two new painting competitions: Your sketchbook challenge. For watercolourists, we continue our year-long back-to-basics series – this month the wet-in-wet technique – along with watercolour still lifes, a rainy day crowd scene and tonal painting. Learn a five-stage acrylic painting process for landscapes, practise line and wash techniques, mix watercolour with pastels, and put down your brushes to try the 'pour' technique for acrylics. Enjoy another creative month with the UK's best-selling learn-to-paint magazine.