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. Authored by the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), this beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today. With profiles of leading practitioners and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form, this ...

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Overview

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. Authored by the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), this beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today. With profiles of leading practitioners and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form, this inspiring book shows how one can participate and experience this creative outlet through modern-day social networks and online activity. You'll find more than 600 beautiful, contemporary illustrations, as well as artists' profiles and extended captions where these urban sketchers share their stories, how they work, sketching tips, and the tools behind each drawing. With sketches and observations from more than 50 cities in more than 30 countries, The Art of Urban Sketching offers a visually arresting, storytelling take on urban life from different cultures and artistic styles, as well as insight into various drawing techniques and mediums.

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Drawing adeptly on location might seem like a gift, but actually, it's a talent that can be sharpened with study and practice. Spanish-born journalist/illustrator Gabriel Campanario knows that is true: He isn't just the artist behind the Seattle Sketcher, an award-winning blog; he's the founder of the Urban Sketchers, an online community dedicated to fostering the art of on-site drawing. His book The Art of Urban Sketching guides you through the rudiments of cityscape drawing; from materials and subject choice to coloring, rendering, and adding atmospheric touches. Definitely worth recommending; a keeper.

Michelle Marozik

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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 urbansketchers.org. 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 Journal
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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 urbansketchers.org. 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 Journal

Library Journal
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 urbansketchers.org. 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 Journal
Showcasing sketches drawn in cities all over the world, this title provides tips and encouragement to readers to try their own urban sketches. Solid crossover appeal with a library's travel section.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592537259
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 138,680
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel Campanario is a staff artist at The Seattle Times and the founder of Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Campanario’s newspaper column, Seattle Sketcher, was awarded first place for blog writing in “The Best of the West” journalism contest. The blog and weekly print column, which combine location sketches and written stories, have quickly become popular in the Seattle area, where Campanario has been featured in TV and radio appearances.

A native Spaniard, Campanario moved to the U.S. in 1998 and has lived near Seattle with his wife and two children since 2006. His journalism career spans two decades, working for newspapers in Barcelona, Lisbon, California, and Virginia. Campanario has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

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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 Author

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    Very inspirational and a truly visual feast!

    I read about this book in an article in a Seattle newspaper and I was so intrigued that I ordered a copy right away. What a pleasure this book is! I brought it with me on a trip overseas and I was so inspired by the sketches that I bought some pens so I could start my own urban sketches. There is something magical about capturing images on a pen compared to just pointing and clicking with a camera. There is a lot to learn from the variety of sketching styles and the geographical reach of this book. I refer to this book often, and it is now my portable art gallery!

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    I can't recommend this book enough! A must have if you are planning on sketching urban areas. Nice helpful hints from sketchers from around the world.

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