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Webinar about The Urban Sketcher

November 15, 2014

I’ve just done an online lecture for my publishers video network ( They’ve posted a recording of the webinar. [HERE] If you’re curious what’s in my book The Urban Sketcher, you can listen to me talk (while you see my powerpoint slides). I do a walk though of all the concepts in the book. It is, I will fully admit, a sales pitch – but I’ve tried to be entertaining.


I should also mention – they have a discount code, which is active for the next 28 days), use HOLMES10 at checkout! (Only on North Light Store, here).



11 Comments leave one →
  1. Marko E. permalink
    November 15, 2014 5:27 PM

    It was a sales pitch all right, but tremendously enjoyable all the same. Waiting for the copy I have ordered from my little local bookstore in Germany, I can hardly sit still in anticipation. Even less so now, after hearing you talk about it for an hour.

    • November 15, 2014 11:09 PM

      Hey Marko – well – we can use a great English phrase – you are on tenterhooks! That’s the kind of excitement about drawing I like to hear :)

      • Marko E. permalink
        November 28, 2014 3:53 AM

        I have received the book a week ago and am totally happy with it. It is like having fun on a week-long outdoor drawing session, shoulder-to-shoulder with a great, experienced sketching buddy. “The system worked for me, so it is by definition fool-proof!” HA!

  2. November 15, 2014 10:51 PM

    Marc, I just wanted to send a note of appreciation. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! I received it as soon as it was released on Amazon. Your book is one of the few I have found on urban sketching which provides clear instruction on how to make real progress, in addition to the display of beautiful art work. Bravo! I look forward to your future publications and blog entries. Best regards, Allison

    • November 15, 2014 11:14 PM

      Well Allison – that is great to hear – I’ve always been very ‘rules oriented’ about everything. There must be a system behind things, or I feel all out of kilter. Good to see a touch of OCD pays off in the long run :) See you in the comments ~m

  3. sue permalink
    November 16, 2014 9:43 AM

    I listened to your online lecture. It was awesome! It helped me clarify that Urban Sketching is the direction I am passionate about in pursuing within my artistic adventure. I can’t wait to get your book. Thanks Sue

  4. November 16, 2014 6:37 PM

    Hey, Marc. I have this book now and you have clearly been feeling about such books as I have. So many books spend the first 30 pages discussing studio, desks, easels, various grades of everything – paint, pastels, pencils, inks, pens, etc and blah, blah, blah and lots of talk and words about paper. My lord, the talk about paper. And then they give us several pages on perspective. I have often felt those early pages at the front of such “how to” books were filler.

    You get right to your subject in a clear, entertaining and informal way. Congratulations on such a wonderful book.

    • November 24, 2014 7:01 PM

      Just saw your note Lee – thanks! You read my mind :) I’m always impatiently flipping pages, trying to get to the good stuff :) I felt like my page-count-budget was tight enough – I should leave out as much as possible of the ‘what pens do you use’ sort of thing – since that’s all here on the blog anyway!

  5. November 17, 2014 10:53 AM

    Wonderful lecture. I’d just ordered the book a couple days before so didn’t get to use the coupon code! I actually took notes….. I really appreciate this comparison: “If photography is prose, sketching is poetry”. That’s an excellent way to describe it quickly.

    • November 24, 2014 7:05 PM

      :) feel free to use that one! I’ve carried that phrase forward from my very first ‘artist’s statement’. :)


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