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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World Paperback – 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WALTER FOSTER PUBLISHING; 1.2.2012 edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537259
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gabriel Campanario is an Spanish-born journalist and illustrator best known for his award-winning Seattle Times blog and weekly column Seattle Sketcher. Campanario is also the founder of Urban Sketchers, an online community and non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Campanario, who was born in Barcelona, calls the Seattle area home since 2006. His journalism career has spanned newsrooms in Spain, Portugal, Nevada, California and Virginia.

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:25 Mins
Urban sketchers is a community of sketchers who share their sketches online. There are groups in various countries. I'm a follower of the main blog. I find it very interesting to be reading about places around the world, getting to know the streets through the eyes of people living or traveling there.

This book is 320 pages thick. For the price, it's a terrific bargain. There are over 500 sketches featured from artists all around the globe. The styles are incredibly varied, ranging from pencil sketches to watercolour paintings. Each artist has a personal style, and each sketch has a story to tell. Some of the artists are so good they should publish their own books. Gerard Michel is one of them.

There are three sections in the book. The first is the introduction on urban sketching. The second section showcases the different places drawn. That's the bulk of the book. And the third provides inspiration on where and what you can draw.

The location drawings are accompanied by artist profiles and drawing tips. This isn't an instructional book so it doesn't really cover the techniques on drawing.

I like the short stories on the sketches. Florian Afflerbach and his friends were drawing in Venice when the flood came and soak their feet. Nina Johansson documented the demolition of a public bath house, and the protest against the demolition.

Artist Joao Catarino has a sentiment that I share: Drawing everywhere is like traveling all the time. Sketching is one way to get the holiday mood all the time. I can look back at my sketches and remember vividly the places visited. I cannot say the same for travel photos I've taken. The experience is richer when you're not looking but studying a place. I wish I had started sketching earlier.

This is a fantastic book.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tina K. on March 8, 2012
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I have admired the sketches of author Gabriel Campanario ever since they started appearing weekly in The Seattle Times. Known as the Seattle Sketcher, Campanario takes even the most commonly photographed, iconic Seattle scenes, such as the Pike Place Market, and gives them his fresh, personal perspective that no camera can capture. I was so inspired that I became an urban sketcher myself. As I dug for more of his work on his personal blog, I was led to the local and then the international Urban Sketchers blogs (initiated by Campanario), which showed me the world "one drawing at a time" - and further compelled me to explore my city (and any city I visit) with a sketchbook. Now The Art of Urban Sketching brings to print the same types of visual expressions that I have been admiring online.

The 300-plus pages are divided into three parts. The first helps beginning sketchers gather the right tools and attitude to adopt the urban sketchers' manifesto.

The second, and largest, section, the meat of the book, compiles the work of more than a hundred artists worldwide giving us their unique urban views. It's nothing short of amazing to see the variety of styles, media and perspectives. Some sketches are casual and loose, while others are intensely detailed. Some are completed in minutes; others in many hours over the course of weeks. All are the result of careful observation and the desire of the artists to truly know a place by sketching it.

I especially enjoyed the artist profiles, their first-person anecdotes about the scenes they sketched and the photos of those artists sketching (usually standing on a street corner, sitting against a building or on a bench).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By PaintingLover on February 6, 2012
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This book suits the needs of everybody who likes to draw.
It provides beginners the initial push to confront the white paper by means of simple schemes. The tips of the selected artists - more than 100 - will speed up the learning process of anyone who wants to go further.
For those who already know how to draw, the book offers a collection of themes and approaches that will really be able to "open the mind" for new horizons. Based on the urban theme, one can have a broad range of techinques and be able to combine new formulas that have proven successful.
Thanks to the personality and the spirit of the author, who made a meritocratic selection of the artists presented, the book provides valuable "solutions" for almost all problems faced by an urban sketcher while trying to accomplish his task of selecting the most important information from the urban scene depicted. This is truly useful even for the most experienced sketchers.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donna McMenamin on February 6, 2012
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This book has instantly become the bible for urban sketchers. No matter what your sketching style, this book has something for everyone. Not a how to book on sketching, but you can learn from the artists in this book. I haven't been able to put it down for long, chock full of inspiration. The only thing wrong with this book is that you will likely spend a lot of time looking through it when you should be out sketching! A must have book!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Scribbler on February 3, 2012
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With more than 100 sketchers contributing to this book it is just a treasure trove of sketches from around the world. Some focus on the architecture, some on the people, but all capture real places in real time. Each image has notes on the materials and time used to create it. Sprinkled throughout the book are tips from many of the artists. If you are a sketcher, or just an armchair traveler, this is a unique way to see the world not through someone's camera but through their sketchbook. I'll go back to this book again and again.
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