The Art of Urban Sketching

The Art of Urban Sketching : Drawing on Location Around the World

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The Art of Urban Sketching is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel. This beautiful volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is practiced today. It includes profiles of leading practitioners, a discussion of the benefits of working in this art form, and shows how one can participate and experience it through modern-day social networks and online activity. The book is illustrated with over 700 beautiful, contemporary illustrations, and includes artists' profiles and extended captions where these urban sketchers share their stories, tips and tools. With sketches and observations from more than 50 cities in more than 30 countries, the book offers a visually arresting, storytelling take on urban life from different cultures and artistic styles, as well as insight into various drawing techniques and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 210.82 x 251.46 x 22.86mm | 929.86g
  • Quarry Books
  • Beverly, United States
  • English
  • 700 colour illustrations
  • 1592537251
  • 9781592537259
  • 24,277

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"Campanario founded the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers, and this book showcases the work of over 100 artists worldwide who draw scenes from the cities where they live and travel, posting them at The concept caught on fast, and new groups are forming around the world, connecting with each other online. Here, Campanario offers guidance on tools, techniques, the urban environment, and drawing styles, but the main strength of this book is the 500-plus full-color examples of successful sketches drawn in metropolises and towns all over the globe. VERDICT: Part travel book, part art instruction, this is a great guide to look at before (or instead of) your next vacation." - Library Journalshow more

About Gabriel Campanario

Gabriel Campanario, is a staff artist at The Seattle Times and the founder of Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Campanario's newspaper column, Seattle Sketcher, was recently awarded first place for blog writing in "The Best of the West" journalism more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction SECTION I: Becoming an Urban Sketcher What is Urban Sketching? Tools for Your Portable Studio Style and Technique SECTION II: See the World, One Drawing at a Time Seattle Victoria San Francisco Davis Los Angeles San Diego San Antonio Kansas City Toronto Montreal New York City Washington DC Norfolk Orlando Santo Domingo São Paulo Buenos Aires Johannesburg Nouakchott Marrakech Malaga Cordoba Lisbon Barcelona Blois Rennes Paris Liege London Sheffield Dublin Berlin Stuttgart Kandern Venice Rome Naples Istanbul Tel Aviv Al Ain Pune Bangkok Penang Singapore Jakarta Semarang Hong Kong Seoul Tokyo Auckland Sydney SECTION III: Drawing Inspiration Skylines, Cityscapes, and Panoramas Buildings and Architecture Industry and Construction Sites Harbors and Waterfronts Monuments, Cars, and Urban Furniture Through the Seasons Events, News, and Performances Subways, Buses, and Airports Cafes, Restaurants, and Bars People in Action Parks and Museums Night Sketching Contributors About the Authorshow more

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If you like the books of Danny Gregory, Cathy Johnson and D. Price, you will *love* this one. It is filled to the brim with THE most inspiring art; it's lively and beautiful and it makes me want to go out and draw! What I find incredibly helpful are the notes with each sketch; not only about the materials used, but also about how long it took to do a sketch. It's very reassuring to know that an incredibly beautiful drawing took, say, 2 hours to make - it makes me feel less disappointed in my rough, 10 minute sketches. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!show more
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