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Today, I focus on another aspect of my art: drawing. Sketching People by Lynne Chapman is part of the Urban Sketching series.

Urban Sketchers, for those who don't know, is a group of people who meet to draw and sketch in urban areas. There are many groups around the world (including one here in Seoul), but one only has to sketch in an urban setting to be an urban sketcher.

Living in Korea, I feel that most of the places I can sketch are fairly urban. Seoul is ranked 16th in population size (before NYC at 24, which is the 1st US city on the list).

I love the concept of sketching, and want to improve my drawing abilities (hence doing Inktober this past month). I found that I didn't know how to sketch people. Places are static, and I felt that I had a good handle on them, but people ... ah people. That was another subject.

I looked at a variety of books before settling on this one. Mainly because this book is more like a mentor giving me her secrets and less a teacher telling me w…

What I'm Reading

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This week's book is Modern Weaving by Laura Strutt.

I bought this book two months ago, because I wanted to focus on art weaving. For those who don't know, my weaving tends to go towards fashion, but I enjoy the artistic aspect of weaving, especially tapestries.

Tapestries ... sigh.

Anyway. Modern Weaving is a good visual book, though sometimes, I felt like I was looking at the same thing again and again. It's one of the difficulties of modern art weaving, I believe. It's also one of the reasons why I love tapestry weaving.

If you're new to weaving, or you want to try your hand at something different, this is a good book. It is a project based book, so if you want a more technical book, this isn't it. For that, you will want to check out Tapestry Handbook(review link on title; affiliate link on picture).

Modern Weaving gives an overview of ways to weave and how to make your own frame. It also gives an idea how to use an embroidery hoop as a loom. The thing I liked…

What I'm Reading

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This week, I'm focusing on two books which go together: Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman, and Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA by Becky Stern and Tyler Cooper.

Both of these books are about adding electricity to garments. I bought these books because I wanted to add lights and other elements to my handwoven items.

To begin, we'll focus on the second book, MakeGetting Started with Adafruit FLORA. This book is a mixture of good and bad. We'll begin with the bad - it's all available online at Adafruit's website. There are also many more projects on the website as well, mainly making the book defunct. I bought the book because it's an handy reference for Adafruit's items (which I mainly use exclusively). Since I don't have a printer, and tend to multitask on my laptop, having a book with the basic information is better.

The good parts of the book is that it can go with me. It gives me a good overview of several projects that allow me to do a …