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Urban Sketching

by Thomas Thorspecken

Using composition, contour, colour, mood, speed, and emotional impact for sketching and reporting about the world that surrounds you. This book is a guide to how to sketch the world around you, for anyone who wants to know how to draw the exciting and ever changing events of everyday life. Discover your place in the world, one sketch at a time. Content includes the nuts and bolts of sketching and drawing, using urban subjects that are guaranteed to inspire a new generation of artists right at the start of their creative journey. This book draws on the styles and approaches of several illustrators, designers, and graphic artists. Break out of the confines of a studio. Discover your own... Read more »

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Meet the Authors

Gill Stratton

Gill Stratton

Gill Stratton has always loved hats, a passion passed down from her Mum and Gran, who took any...
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Frances McNaughton

Frances McNaughton

Frances McNaughton demonstrates sugar fairies and making sugarcraft flowers the soft way, and...
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Di Van Niekerk

Di Van Niekerk

Di Van Niekerk began with needlecraft at a very young age and has always been fascinated by colour...
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Dave White

Dave White

After 30 years of being in finance, Dave White discovered he could paint, and recognising that we...
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Susie Johns

Susie Johns

Susie Johns is an experienced crafter, specialising in knitting, papercrafts and embroidery. She...
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Hazel Everett

Hazel Everett

Hazel Everett first became interested in embroidery whilst still at school, and her teacher...
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Terry Harrison

Terry Harrison

Terry Harrison became interested in art early on, attending Art School at the age of sixteen. His...
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Arne & Carlos

Arne & Carlos

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison, Norwegian and Swedish respectively, established their design...
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Hashim Akib

Hashim Akib

Hashim Akib was encouraged to paint as a child. He attended art college and has worked as an...
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Bobby Britnell

Bobby Britnell

She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild and of the Textile Study Group, a national teaching and...
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Janet Whittle

Janet Whittle

Janet Whittle is a professional artist and qualified teacher who specialises in flowers and...
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Madeleine Millington

Madeleine Millington

Madeleine Millington is best known for her work with recycled, dyed blankets. Her main signature has...
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Jean Haines

Jean Haines

Well known for her enthusiasm and passion for art, Jean Haines covers a wide range of subjects in a...
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Val Pierce

Val Pierce

Val Pierce's passion for knitting began at the age of five. Later in life she began home knitting...
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Ann Cox

Ann Cox

First and foremost, Ann Cox is a silk ribbon embroidery designer who runs her own company selling...
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Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is the publisher and designer behind Vetty Creations. She has a passion for whitework...
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Wendy Tait

Wendy Tait

Wendy Tait lives in Derbyshire and studied at the Joseph Wright School of Art. She produces designs...
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Sue Stratford

Sue Stratford

Sue Stratford owns and runs The Knitting Hut, a yarn and needle supplier, and she finds the yarns...
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Marrianne Mercer

Marrianne Mercer

Marrianne (Maz) Mercer studied at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University to gain a degree in Graphic...
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Free Pattern

Design Source Book: Egyptian Designs

Design Source Book: Egyptian Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 09: Egyptian Designs
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Design Source Book: Garden Flower Designs

Design Source Book: Garden Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 22: Garden Flower Designs
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The Complete Book of Flower Designs

The Complete Book of Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from The Complete Book of Flower Designs
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Design Library: Heart & Flower Designs

Design Library: Heart & Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Library: Heart & Flower Designs
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Design Source Book: Chinese Designs

Design Source Book: Chinese Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 12: Chinese Designs
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Design Source Book: Oriental Flower Designs

Design Source Book: Oriental Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 17: Oriental Flower Designs.
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Design Library: Maori Designs

Design Library: Maori Designs

This Free Pattern comes from Design Library: Maori Designs
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Free Project

Beautiful Quilling Step-by-Step

Beautiful Quilling Step-by-Step

This incredible three-dimensional Long-legged Frog by Jane Jenkins is taken from Beautiful Quilling...
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Love to Sew: Hanging Hearts

Love to Sew: Hanging Hearts

Have a go at making this simple Rustic Heart project from Rachael Rowe's Love to Sew: Hanging...
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Decorating Cupcakes & Cookies

Decorating Cupcakes & Cookies

This delightful Easter Bunny cookie project is taken from Decorating Cupakes & Cookies by...
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Flowers to Knit and Crochet

Flowers to Knit and Crochet

A lovely project to make for Mother's Day or for yourself.  This project, Auricula in...
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Festival Boot Cuffs

Festival Boot Cuffs

Get ready for Festival season! We are sharing a fun project for a pair of colourful boot cuffs,...
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Beginner's Guide to Needle Felting

Beginner's Guide to Needle Felting

This fun felted bead project is taken from Beginner's Guide to Needle Felting. The beads can be made...
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Twenty to Make: Button Jewellery

Twenty to Make: Button Jewellery

These pretty little earrings are from Twenty to Make: Button Jewellery by Marrianne Mercer. ...
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Love to Sew: Pincushions

Love to Sew: Pincushions

This cute little fabric cupcake is actually a pincushion.  This fun project was designed by...
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Painting Watercolour Landscapes the Easy Way

Painting Watercolour Landscapes the Easy Way

This lovely Venetian Doorway was painted by Terry Harrison, and is taken from Painting Watercolour...
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