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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215820
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £14.99

The Addictive Sketcher


by Adebanji Alade

Book Description

Adebanji Alade believes that everything in art begins as a sketch, and his mission is always the same to instil his work with the power and immediacy of the sketch. This book will show you how.

Giving an insight into how this inspiring and talented artist works, The Addictive Sketcher passes on Adebanji Alade's infectious enthusiasm and will have the reader reaching for a pencil or pen to have a go. Adebanji has a skill and a passion for speaking and motivating his audience in a fun and engaging way, and this is reflected in his writing style.

Lively, stimulating and instructive, it is packed with numerous examples of the author’s sketches as well as examples of his vibrant finished paintings. Covering pencils, coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite, along with finished oil paintings, this book provides a fascinating insight into the author’s techniques.

Adebanji’s work covers a broad range of subjects, including landscapes, portraits, crowd scenes, urban scenes and seascapes. He’s particularly well known for his portraits and working outdoors capturing the life of London where he lives. This book includes examples from a range of subject areas.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Motivation & inspiration 12
What you need 16
Sketching techniques 20
Composition 34
Value & Colour 40
People indoors 44
Pub scene 54
People Outdoors 62
Busker 74
Places Outdoors 80
Statue 94
Places indoors 100
Gallery 108
Discover 114
Painting 122
Index 128

About the Author

About Adebanji Alade

Adebanji is a dynamic artist who believes so much in sketching as the beginning of all ideas and the force behind every artwork. He started sketching at the age of six and has never stopped since then. He can be seen on public transport sketching commuters everyday as he commutes from his home in Kent to his studio in Chelsea.

He is an avid painter in all mediums but mainly works in oil for his studio and plein air paintings. He believes in capturing the energy and bringing out the life in everything he sketches or paints.

Adebanji is the Vice President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI); a full member of The Guild of Fine Art in Nigeria; and in 2014 was elected to the council of the Chelsea Art Society. He also belongs to Urban Sketchers Worldwide and Plein Air Brotherhood. He presents art documentaries on The One Show, BBC One.

He teaches at Heatherleys School of Fine Art and The Art Academy London, and also provides artistic coaching on a one-to-one basis. Adebanji also runs workshops and demos for art groups and schools.

He is also a world-class motivational speaker, constantly visiting schools and companies to inspire, motivate and entertain with his speak, sketch and share delivery process.

Adebanji is married to Ruth and has two children, Joshua and Kezia.

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