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daily sketching ink and watercolor nature sketchbook urban sketching Nov 10, 2020

A few days ago I received my copy of Suhita Shirodkar's fabulous new book, The Urban Sketching Handbook, Techniques For Beginners.  I'm honored to have one of my sketches included in this excellent collection of art and guidance that features so many of my favorite urban sketchers.  Suhita has done a spectacular job of compiling valuable information and inspiring works of art together into this lovely, small book that can easily be brought along when sketching.

dimensions: 5.25" x 8.25"

I'm also a big fan of the elastic that keeps the book closed and the pages protected.

My sketch of the succulent plant is on page 27 introducing the chapter KEY II - WHAT TO SKETCH: OBJECTS

The quality of paper, the color printing and the fact that the signatures are stitched rather than glued make this a handbook you'll want to add to your collection.

Thanks again to Suhita, a fabulous artist, illustrator, journalist and teacher, for creating The Urban Sketching Handbook.


In addition to a worthwhile new book being published, I published the second in my series of Bookbinding online courses, DIY Bookbinding Punching Cradle. This is a stand alone class that instructs you how to create a portable, sturdy, punching cradle for punching holes prior to stitching signatures together.  It also instructs you on how to use the cradle AND how to punch your holes without using a cradle.  Later this week I will be publishing the course on Double-Needle Coptic Stitching.  You may want to go ahead and make your cradle so you are ready to begin making your own coptic-bound sketchbooks and illustrated journals!


Interested in winning your choice of either a course here on ExploreWithChrisCarter or a one-on-one, 45 minute Zoom session with me for conversation or critique ... your choice?

Each time you post a new sketch, painting or project in progress in our Projects and Discussions Group, you earn an entry into the current month's P&D contest.  This is a new, monthly contest in addition to the monthly contest I continue to run for both my Skillshare and Explore students.  The winners for both contests will be drawn on the first day of each month at 4pm Eastern Time live on Instagram (


Thinking about taking an online art courses?  I offer bite-sized classes on Skillshare as well as more comprehensive classes here on

If you aren't already a premium member on Skillshare, please check it out.  You receive a fourteen day trial period totally free when you click on my link: .  

Thanks for reading my blog!

Chris Carter


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