REVIEW: Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration

Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration is exactly what it’s title says! A compact and easy to understand guide to illustrating on the go! From experimenting with different mediums to even little projects, this book is sure to stimulate your creativity and help you learn more about illustrating while out and about!

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by Betsy Beier

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With the approachable instruction and contemporary approach to drawing featured in Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, aspiring creatives of all backgrounds can learn how to make illustrative art on the go using pencil, pen, colored pencil, and more.

Learn how to make art inspired by your immediate surroundings, wherever you are—whether traveling abroad or exploring at home. Use your art and creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your travel memories, and dream of new adventures.

After an overview of the suggested tools and materials, explore essential drawing techniques, such as mastering line art and gesture drawing, making quick on-location sketches, and working with color media to complement illustrations. Helpful tips include information for packing and traveling with art supplies, drawing in the open air, and working from photographs. Finally, easy-to-follow and customizable step-by-step projects show you how to creatively express yourself by combining color, pattern, texture, typography, and cultural experience with a variety of projects.

Packed with a plethora of fun and creative exercises, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration is the perfect portable resource for creative types on the go.


*An e-ARC was given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I’m extremely glad that I was approved to review this book! As someone who likes art and exploring different mediums and wants to constantly improve in art, this was not only an enjoyable read for entertainment, it was also educational and helpful.

Brier uses different mediums such as watercolour pencils, markers, gouache, acrylics, watercolours and explains these mediums in ways that is easy for the typical reader to understand.  It also taught different ways to illustrate on the go – some that seem possible and simple and some that seem less possible, such as capturing a scene in a market, which I doubt I’d be able to draw from memory.

I liked how Brier included some projects to do and included a step-by-step instruction on how to do it. These projects explore the different types of mediums that were mentioned in the earlier section of the book and gives ideas on what the reader can do while illustrating on the go.  Although some of it seems strange, I liked most of the ideas and will put it to practice.

Like everything else, I believe a lot of these would be easier with time and practice.

It was within the first 20 pages where I felt determined to get a mixed media sketchbook, watercolour pencils (since I had the other mediums at home) and took down notes to try to implement into my own work. If you’re looking for something to inspire you to try out different mediums and work on improving and growing in art, this is a good book to check out!


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