Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • In print

Magazines, books and covers

Artist's Drawing Techniques

Published August 2017: I was commissioned by DK Books (you might know them as Dorling Kindersley) to write and illustrate the pen and ink chapter (apart from pp 152 - 153) for this 300-page hardback book. I created 14 beginner, intermediate and advanced mini-workshops illustrating techniques from mark-making with a dip pen, to scribbling, stippling and layering coloured inks, each with step by step instructions. I also created three showcase drawings that incorporate all of the techniques in the chapter. But I am just one of a number of contributors, and with chapters on drawing with graphite, charcoal, coloured pencil and pastel, this book has something for just about everyone. Published in the UK, the USA and France, and available from the usual retailers.

Landscape Architecture Theory

A detail from my 2009 collage 'Reed Bed' is now part of the cover design for a new book published by Island Press. The author is Michael D Murphy, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University. I worked with Prof Murphy in South Africa in both private and academic sectors. It's a nifty way to connect my previous career as a land planner and my current career as an artist. And it's a cracking book.
Cover design: Bruce Gore
Published December 2016

Drawing magazine

Drawing magazine in the USA published an eight-page feature article on my location drawings in their Summer 2016 special issue on sketchbooks. The article was proposed and written by the British painter John A Parks, a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in New York. The drawings selected to illustrate the article were made on location in Windsor, Venice, London and Kansas City.

Drawing magazine is part of F+W Media, Inc. The FW community includes Artist's Network and North Light Shop.

Pen and Ink - Contemporary Artists, Timeless Techniques

I have four works of art in Pen and Ink by freelance editor, author and artist James Hobbs. It's a beautifully designed 200-page handbook with contributions from more than 30 artists in ten countries. The British version was published in 2016. But if you read Spanish, German, French, Portuguese or Dutch, you're in luck: James' book has been published in all of these languages. The drawings, of course, speak for themselves.

Just in case you don't know, James Hobbs is a co-founder of Urban Sketchers London. If you'd like to see a list of all the artists in the book, here is a handy link.
Published in Britain by Frances Lincoln

Notes Relating to an Idea of Blue

I created my chalk and charcoal drawing 'Shadow Play' during a Drawing Theatre workshop at Battersea Arts Centre. The original is in a private collection, but Shadow Play has another life as the cover for a poetry collection by David HW Grubb.
Published 2011