”How to draw. Why to draw. What to draw. When to draw. Steve answers all these questions and so many more in this delightful, in-depth exploration of the drawing habit. It’s not just a beautiful book—it’s the doorway to a lifelong love affair with art.”
—Danny Gregory, founder of SketchBookSkool.com and author of An Illustrated Life
“Making art and teaching art are two different skill sets. Steve Reddy is one of the few artists who excels at both. In this book, drawing enthusiasts of all levels will not only learn useful approaches to drawing from life and imagination, but also the confidence that only comes from learning from an exceptional teacher.”
—Gabriel Campanario, founder of Urban Sketchers and author of The Art of Urban Sketching
”Readers will notice immediately that they are in the presence of a gifted and empathetic instructor, more than familiar with the problems and hesitations beginners like to think are original to them. I’ve never read a how-to book that felt more like being in an actual class, with the teacher’s encouraging voice in one’s ear, anticipating our questions and needs.
Many people believe that drawing what one sees is a difficult, esoteric skill available only to the talented. Steve does as much to demystify and dethrone that misconception as he can fit between two covers. Repeatedly, Steve makes the crucial point—you can do this! And he clearly believes it, based on long classroom experience; by the time we finish the book, we do too.”
—from the Foreword by Gary Faigin, co-founder and artistic director of Gage Academy of Art and author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expressions
You may say, “But there is nothing interesting to draw where I live.” My response is to simply look at the amazing work of the prolific Steven Reddy. For me, an architect who likes to draw buildings and spaces, the magic of Steve’s work is that his sketches capture the ordinary, everyday things that you might never even notice, like his next door neighbor’s house, cozy cafes and stores, or a collection of objects on a shelf. His drawings are accessible and fun and chock full of details that add character and invite you in to examine each and every form. Best of all, his sketches have the power to elevate the mundane and often overlooked elements of life to the level of Art. By looking at how Steve views his world through his sketches, he teaches us to look at our world a little differently, to really see what is around us every day.
—from the Afterword by Stephanie Bower, architectural illustrator, blog correspondent for Seattle Urban Sketchers, and author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective.