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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World Paperback – February 1, 2012
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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
About 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.urbansketchers.org
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I'm an artist and I like to travel. I like to take a lot of photos cause I'm very into photography as well as working in traditional mediums. this book was fun for me cause I've visited a lot of these places while traveling with the navy and it was nice to reminisce while looking at ho other great artist saw these places and where inspirited by them.
Also this is just a great book if your an environmental designer and or concept artist. to see more then one style to see how you can quickly jolt down ideas an smalls note books the ideas of always caring small travel sized art supplies with you. it's very fascinating and encourages you getting out of the house or studio. which artist hate to do. love the sense of freedom.
and last as a visual development artist. looking at the different styles and interruptions is so in to me. making this a great resource for styles and ideas. new art directions. things to try. environment design is not what I love so mach as character designs. but it really help make the idea of urban sketching more interesting and romantic.
mind you I did study architecture and urban planing. but sorta left it behind cause I found it boring. so me recommending this gem is saying a lot. only wish I'd had sketched and posted more of these type of sketch before and maybe I would have ended up in the book as well. your into traveling and art I think this book is a must. It's like looking at a best of artist travel journals.
This book is for legit artists and this book is for hobbyists and enthusiasts. The book is just so well done...let's begin.
Book Quality -> Paperback with a nice slipcover and wide pages. Binding was very good. All images of the artwork spanning from watercolors, pen, pencil, ink, etc etc are very vivid and beautiful. No washed out or bland printing here folks!
Content -> It takes you on a tour around the WORLD exhibiting impromptu and deliberate sketches, en plein air watercolor pieces, miniature ink master pieces, of amatuers, novices the list goes on. Most pieces are done in Moleskine journals and other journal brands that are easily accessible to anyone. It outlines specifically the medium used by the artist on each piece. Just nice...
Written content is concise and NON Verbose. Gives you just enough to detract from the pieces.
Overall impressions -> I am a former accomplished Illustrator getting back into it. If you want motivation/inspiration on any level of expertise you will find it. Because the Artists come from so many different backgrounds (a good number not even "artists") its just a good read. You can't read this book and at least not want to get a pigment liner, a sketch/watercolor journal, a 2B staedtler and just do SOMETHING.
If anyone gives this low stars its because they were looking for an instruction manual, which is not the intended purpose of this book. The book whets your apetite to go and be daring into the unknown of your own potential to create something beautiful outside and in public!