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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 have many urban sketching books, but this has by far become my absolute favorite and go to book. I recommend this book for seasoned artists as well as beginners. There are tips and tricks and exercises from hundreds of artists literally from all over the world. And if you have ever looked at someone's sketch and thought, wow I wonder what he was thinking when he drew this, or I wonder what approach was taken to get this on paper, for a seasoned artist this would be a great read also. The book is laid out in a very organized way and it will be in my library forever! Excellent book.
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). I also appreciated brief technical tips the artists offered to make outdoor sketching more comfortable or make drawings more interesting, and information about how long the sketch took and media used. Some sites depicted are easily recognizable because they are widely photographed, yet the sketches are more intimate and personal than most photos. Other cities are less-often seen in the media, so these glimpses of faraway neighborhoods seem led by personal tour guides.
The third section covers themes - architecture, seasons, nighttime sketching - that urban artists are compelled to sketch. "People in Action" - my personal favorite sketching subject that I also find most challenging - includes helpful tips on how to capture movement, mood and energy when you only have a few minutes or seconds before the "model" is gone.
As a long-time wannabe sketcher, I have read and admired many books on nature sketching (Hannah Hinchman's fine work comes first to mind), but as a city dweller, I don't often or easily see the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife shown in those books. Finally, a book of sketches for the rest of us that makes it clear that the urban landscape can be as compelling, moving and ever-changing as nature. If you have any desire to capture your urban life in a sketchbook or view how others have captured theirs, you will love this book.
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.