Sketch Book for the Artist by Sarah Simblet



Sketch Book for the Artist by Sarah Simblet


Today’s favorite art book is all about the power of sketching and how by improving your drawing skills, you improve all other skills related to being an artist.

This book is chocker-block full of great advice and covers the gamut of media one can use when sketching. The other compelling aspect of this book is that Sarah Simblet, is the artist that created most of the examples in this book.


Her ability to use the various mediums and acuity of skill is an inspiration. In many ways, when I am out sketching, I try to incorporate her technique into my own work.  I especially love how she is able to convey the texture of any given object she is drawing.  And her ability to fill a page.



Sarah Simblet is masterful in how she can shift from loose gestural drawing to the more precise and technically correct rendering.


In this book she covers some basic concepts, such as composition and form, utilizing negative space, tonality and such…



However, what makes this one of my favorite books on sketching is how Sarah Simblet covers so many different mediums you can use when sketching, such as pen and ink,






Disposable Pens {high end and low end}


Colored materials, be they markers or colored pencils…


And with each medium covered, she then goes on to demonstrate how to use them when out sketching.  This really is a great book full of eye-candy and lots of inspiration to get out there and draw!

Sketch Book for the Artist


Leave a comment (4) Filed under Book Review, Friday Inspiration


  • Posted November 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Liz, this looks like a really good one!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Kim, it is really a great book :)

  • Posted November 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the book reviews, this one is going on my list!

  • Posted November 8, 2014 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Very good book and great resource, it is available to read online at For those that want to check it out.

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