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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World [Paperback]

Gabriel Campanario
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Book Description

1 Feb 2012

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 mediums.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537259
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 21.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 contest.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book cheap printing. 13 July 2012
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I had a good look at this book on Amazon "Look Inside" which was very generous with the amount of pages shown, and was very impressed and inspired with the content.
I could originally only find the book in hardback which sold at approx £27 and this I thought was too expensive.

I later saw it in paperback, at about £17 and ordered it only to be very disappointed with, not the content but the cheap printing (same as Trudy Friend Drawing and Painting Bible which is now in Publishers Book Clearance for about £3.99).
I have compared the images on screen with the book that I now own and the screen image and colours are far superior.

PUBLISHERS PLEASE NOTE: Art is so visual by it's nature that quality of print is everything.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than ok 25 July 2012
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I am an enthusiastic sketcher and have many, many books like this on the subject. This one's ok. But, its time these authors started to think a bit more about what they're trying to achieve, for their readers. Basically, they are publishing eye candy for sketchers. And then, what? I guess, the theory is to inspire us to replicate these images in some way. Well, if that's the case, we need MORE FROM THE ARTISTS THAN JUST THEIR SKETCHES. How did they choose their subject? How did they approach it? (what feature did they try to bring out? how close? what angle?). What style seemed right and why? We need more than just a lot of meaningless images. In fact, the images meant a lot to the artist but we never hear about it. I liked to hear about the materials they use. This was a step in the right direction. Otherwise, how is this book different or better than all the others?? Because its about URBAN landscapes? Well, urban landscapes are my passion, but this book didn't bring me as close to this subject as I want to be.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Louise
What an informative and inspiring book! If you like drawing on location, you will love this book. Hundreds of sketches, diverse styles, all ordered by location. And loads of the drawings have detailed information about media used and how long the drawings took, which is fascinating in itself. Would really recommend- a book I will enjoy looking at for a long time.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 7 Feb 2012
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This book is a treasure trove of artistic skill and inspiration. I really love looking at other artists sketchbooks, finding them more interesting than finished paintings. This book is a delight to look through with literally hundreds of colourful sketches faithfully reproduced.

The book showcases talent from around the World, but the one theme that unites all is the passion and love of the simplicity of creating an image based on an individual response to a landscape or building. Each artist gives a brief overview of what inspires them or why they chose to draw a scene, and what I really love is that many of them give an indication of how long each sketch took.

I have purchased many books on sketching, but this is by far one of the very best. It is not a 'how to' book, and it won't encourage you to mindlessly daub paint blobs and scribbles in the name of 'self expression' as sadly many books do. However, what this book will do is make you want to pack a sketch kit into your bag and get out an about and look at your environment through an 'artists' eye. It will make you look at things a little differently and through your own personal response record a little bit of your experience to a subject and with any luck you will be hooked.

A great book at a great value for money price, enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I just received this book in the mail this morning and I was amazed how captivating it is to browse through. The diverse range of styles, media and subjects is inspiring! The wide number of different works inside are such that there are some that I dont care for but many that I love!

Every page is filled with the sketches of artists around the world, from loose gestural line drawings to finely detailed illustrations. It seems almost every medium is represented (and detailed in boxouts for each artist).

I got this book to encourage me to start sketching and it's done exactly that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Struggling artist. 10 Jan 2013
By Fix
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I have sketched for years and at last found a book to really inspire me. Excellent techniques ,step by step progress,struggling artists should get this book and use it. extremely useful, shame I have it give to my son as a present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Sketching Book 5 Jun 2012
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Really worth adding to your library if you sketch. Some good references to equipment used for each sketch. A lovely book with a difference. I enjoy owning this book and sit and read it often for pure pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure of Sketches 10 Feb 2012
If you are looking for clean cut inspiration to get out there and do some sketching, this is the book for you. I am a sketcher, an addictive sketcher, I sketch almost everyday on public transport, I love to sketch buildings and places that interest me and this book fires up my passion! It highlights the sketcher, their equipment and shows you pages from the sketchbooks, with vivid explanations on their procedures-you can't miss this one-pure value for money!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars this book is a nice collection of examples
Clearly aimed at people who are thinking about becoming an Urban Sketcher, or those that have just started drawing outside, this book is a nice collection of examples. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JohanDerycke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book. Arrived quickly
Published 2 months ago by Hugh Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban Sketching book
Nice layout, loads of contributors. Sketches from cities all round the world. Tips are sometimes a bit weak but you can't have everything.
Published 6 months ago by Lyanne Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
well documented with loads of ideas to get your creative mind working, well worth the money,go and buy it now
Published 7 months ago by trikimiki
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and inspirational
I was encouraged to buy this book after being impressed by seeing a couple of sketchbooks by one of the book's contributors. Read more
Published 7 months ago by fuzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I've unknowingly been an Urban Sketcher for years and only recently found the organisation.
This book is a marvelous insight into the worldwide movement which is as it claims... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dragonsreach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Being relatively new to urban sketching, found this book had plenty of ideas and examples for materials and techniques. Good addition to my library
Published 8 months ago by jacqui
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban Inspiration
Anyone trying to develop visual arts skills will be intersted in this entertaining, well-illustrated guide to the art of urban sketching. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jennifertapir
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Birthday Gift
I bought this for my artist daughter in law for her birthday and she is delighted with it as she loves to experiment
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. S. V. Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
it's a very good and interesting book. with many differents examples by other , we are very easy to understand
Published 11 months ago by Alex.Luo
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