The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World Paperback – 1 Feb 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, 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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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.
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!
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.
I take this book with me whenever I go sketching.
I like to learn from different artists and I enjoy different styles. I love the colours and sketches from round the world.
Only downside is that artists in the book were dominated by architects and trained artists.
Would like to artists from self taught backgrounds, those with mental health and/or have disabled issues and even ex prisoners, which would be less stuffy. The rules of urban sketching in the book can be restrictive as I like to use mixed media in my sketches from time to time. I just like to encourage all artists to urban sketch and make your own rules! Have fun and do it for yourself.
Loved the Hong Kong, London, Arab, Korean and Rome section.
Fantastic book. Will recommend.
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This is an inspirational book for all urban sketchers
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The best sketching book ever. Keep coming back to it months later.Published 14 months ago by G. Abbott