The Addictive Sketcher by Adebanji Alade
The Addictive Sketcher by Adebanji Alade
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
Motivation & inspiration 12
What you need 16
Sketching techniques 20
Value & Colour 40
People indoors 44
Pub scene 54
People Outdoors 62
Places Outdoors 80
Places indoors 100
About Adebanji Alade
Adebanji Alade, otherwise known as
The Addictive Sketcher’, features regularly on the BBC's The One Show, and can often be found sketching travellers on the London Underground.
He trained at Yaba College of Technology in Nigeria, later obtaining a diploma in portraiture from Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in Chelsea, where he now teaches. Adebanji is the vice president of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters; 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.
His awards include Buxton Spa Sketchbook Award (2014); winner of Pinta Rapido Plein Air Event at Chelsea Town Hall in 2013; winner of Best Painting of a London Scene, Chelsea Art Society in 2010; the Alan Gourley Memorial Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition 2017, and numerous others.
Adebanji has a strong following in the US as well as the UK. He writes regularly for The Artist magazine and exhibits with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He teaches at the Art Academy, London, and also runs workshops and demos for schools, colleges, universities and art societies.
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