This book is not only for artists. It is for everyone. Any one who is curious about the art world.

If even a little bit of you wants to learn how to draw or try something new, check this book out. Don’t be discouraged about your level of your”art”, we all have had to start from the beginning.

France’s (Author) Website
For more images, videos, examples, and excerpts.



“Urban sketching–the process of drawing on the go as a regular practice–is a hot trend in the drawing world. It’s also a practical necessity for creatively minded people in a busy world.  In this aspirational guide, self-taught French artist France Belleville-Van Stone emboldens readers to craft a ritual of their own and devote more time to art, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day. She offers motivation to move beyond the comfort zone, as well as instruction on turning rough sketches into finished work.

Belleville Van-Stone learned how to draw through her own daily practice and knows first-hand how hard it is to find time to incorporate creativity into a busy life. She encourages and teaches us how to do it with advice and guidance…

For those of us who dream of drawing in the minutes between school and work, bathtime and bedtime, and waking and walking out the door, the practical advice in Sketch! is a revelation. By sharing her own creative process, Belleville-Van Stone Sketch inspires artists both established and aspiring to rethink their daily practice, sketch for the pure joy of it, and document their lives and the world around them.”

While personally, her art isn’t my style. I really enjoyed the book. I liked her ideas and thought process. She talks about how she started in the beginning and grew to where she is now. (I wish we could have seen some of those drawings). She tells us how in the beginning she was doing art that is considered “great art”. Everyone wants to do “great art”, But how can we justify what is “great art”?? She then realized she wants to do what she wants.
Whether or not the world says its “great” or not. I mean, seriously, who can tell you wether your art is “great” or not?! It might not be great to one person, but It can be kick ass to others. Art is completely subjective. You’re supposed to be having fun with it. Not feeling judged and worried about people liking or not liking it. /endrant

She shows different techniques and ideas. Though, if you’re a beginner, I suggest you only grab some pencils and paper and DRAW. Don’t worry about expensive supplies or perfection. Its about experimentation and having a blast! Finding your style and who you are. c:


“And the more I drew, the less of a big deal drawing became. I no longer needed to be in the right mood, with the perfect lighting , or be in the right place. I drew everywhere” – Sketch! pg.5  

Not going to lie, her images of examples intimidated me, and I am going for my BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts). It’s a good book to tell you to keep drawing; and never stop drawing. Overall this book is fun and shows different ways to art. And never stop practicing. You can never learn too much. By the time you think you learn everything in art, is when you realized you learned nothing. It’s an ever growing experience.

The books offers no magic formulas and no shortcuts. There is no escaping the fact that drawing is about drawing. But the laborious process of growing as an artist does not necessarily equate to tedious assignments. There is where our every day life comes in, When you get into the habit of drawing you experience the joy of observation of contemplation, not just watching but seeing.” -Sketch! pg. 13

 Here is a look of some of the pages from inside the book:

(I found these off google)

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

It is so interesting to see how each and every person draws so differently. Makes me think that someday I could publish a book with my works in it. Life goals.



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