The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World Paperback – Feb 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.
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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. 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.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
One good thing about ordering from Amazon Canada is that I paid the Canadian price, not the list price for regular Amazon. I didn't know there was a difference. And I still received the book in about two days. Will definitely think about ordering from this source again.
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For someone studying art, this might be interesting - but I was hoping for more practical reference material. It felt like looking at some pretentious travel journal.Published on April 30 2014 by SleepyVision
This book is really great. It has drawing tips, a fine variety of styles as examples, and even if you aren't an artist, you will enjoy the sketches of great cities from around the... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2014 by book lover
As an artist we should all take time to sketch the world around us. I found this book helpful and very interesting.Published on Jan. 20 2014 by Michelle Danylchuk
C'est un très beau livre avec plusieurs styles d'illustration. C'est très inspirant et ça donne envie d'explorer différentes techniques de dessin.Published on Dec 27 2012 by Valéry Lemay Laporte