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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World Paperback – Feb 1 2012

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; unknown edition (Feb. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537259
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,265 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

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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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2012
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Urban sketchers is a community of sketchers who share their sketches online. There are groups in various countries. I'm a follower of the main blog. I find it very interesting to be reading about places around the world, getting to know the streets through the eyes of people living or traveling there.

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.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Gabi Campanario started the urban sketching movement and this book has sent it into the stratosphere. It's so well-done that it's impossible to compare it to other books. This is a book that I read cover to cover and since then I pick it up regularly just to read sections of it and gain much from the varied artist's approach contained within.
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This is my favorite book about sketching, with artwork that is as diverse as the artists profiled. A treat to read and enjoy, as well as motivating to go outside and sketch as well! My only complaint is that I would have really like to see even more artwork from many of the artists in the book. A note: this isn't a how-to book, more of an exploration of people who love to draw, whether they are artists already or just enjoy the process of drawing where ever they may be. I highly recommend this book if you are one of those people who just love to look into other people's notebook margins and sketchbooks (with their permission, of course... :-) ).
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My friend had purchased this book a few months ago. He let me flip through it and I immediately fell in love with the illustrations and had to have my own copy. Very inspirational. As stated in the title, it has a mix of subject matter. Portraits, buildings, etc. My main interest is in architecture and there are many beautiful drawings on that subject. This is not a how to draw book, but it gives the reader so many ideas to explore. It will make you want to go travel and draw!
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This is an absolutely beautiful book. It's very inspiring to see the sketches of artists from across the world. Some of the sketches only took a few minutes while some artists spent hours on theirs. As an artist, I often sketch but this group of artists have integrated themselves into their environments. I love the variety of styles and mediums they use. This book is also nicely bound in a coated soft-sided cover. You will spend hours looking at the photos and reading the content. The images are all in color, those that are supposed to be. A very good buy. So glad that I purchased this book.

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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This was recommended to me by a current professor to help inspire us to think of sketching differently and more loosely. Needless to say, it worked. Beautiful work and layout. Offers a few good pointers too.
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I absolutely love this book, and find myself picking it up often to just simply look through it and see how others have created their urban sketching and travel journals. I don't get tired of it no matter how much I read it. For me, it has been inspirational, and has motivated me to draw on location while traveling. This would make a great gift for the artist in your family, or even for yourself.
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It is a very interesting book. It is stimulating. The authors, from different cities, give us the desire to do the same in our own town and to take occasion, while travelling abroad or in our own country,to see with our own eyes with the help of a pen or a pencil, forgetting the camera. Thanks to all the participants.
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