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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World

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ISBN13: 9781592537259
ISBN10: 1592537251
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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. Authored by the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), this beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today. With profiles of leading practitioners and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form, this inspiring book shows how one can participate and experience this creative outlet through modern-day social networks and online activity.

You'll find more than 600 beautiful, contemporary illustrations, as well as artists' profiles and extended captions where these urban sketchers share their stories, how they work, sketching tips, and the tools behind each drawing. With sketches and observations from more than 50 cities in more than 30 countries, The Art of Urban Sketching 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.

Review:

"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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

SECTION I: Becoming an Urban Sketcher

What is Urban Sketching?

Tools for Your Portable Studio

Style and Technique

SECTION II: See the World, One Drawing at a Time

Seattle

Victoria

San Francisco

Davis

Los Angeles

San Diego

San Antonio

Kansas City

Toronto

Montreal

New York City

Washington DC

Norfolk

Orlando

Santo Domingo

São Paulo

Buenos Aires

Johannesburg

Nouakchott

Marrakech

Malaga

Cordoba

Lisbon

Barcelona

Blois

Rennes

Paris

Liege

London

Sheffield

Dublin

Berlin

Stuttgart

Kandern

Venice

Rome

Naples

Istanbul

Tel Aviv

Al Ain

Pune

Bangkok

Penang

Singapore

Jakarta

Semarang

Hong Kong

Seoul

Tokyo

Auckland

Sydney

SECTION III: Drawing Inspiration

Skylines, Cityscapes, and Panoramas

Buildings and Architecture

Industry and Construction Sites

Harbors and Waterfronts

Monuments, Cars, and Urban Furniture

Through the Seasons

Events, News, and Performances

Subways, Buses, and Airports

Cafes, Restaurants, and Bars

People in Action

Parks and Museums

Night Sketching

Contributors

About the Author

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magdalena, November 1, 2012 (view all comments by magdalena)
Without seeing the book but watching my artist son sketch creative and true as he has since age 2, I know it will inspire and teach, wanderlust for his life journey as draw he must and a wishful thank you so much.
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nan de la mer, October 30, 2012 (view all comments by nan de la mer)
This long-anticipated compendium is fabulous from the cover to the last page. Gabriel Campanario does an amazing job of both including of the work of a myriad of other talented and dedicated "urban sketchers," and modestly including just a bit of his own work. But his considered eye is the through line. Seattle people like me know his work from the Seattle Times newspaper where (through some miracle) sketches by him appear on Saturdays. Turns out this sketching is a movement now linked through the interweb to amazing results.
As an art materials junkie I appreciated the interview pieces with individual artists that also included anecdotes about their pens and sketchbooks and colors of personal choice with photographs of individual "kits" often included.
After reading every word and studying every image in my copy I went on to give one to a 92-year old great grandmother artist for some out-the-window urban sketching with her 5-year old grandson in Berkeley, CA, and another to a 30-something artist/writer for use while out and about on public transportation in Juneau, Alaska. Put a copy on your coffee table and let the it-inspired conversations roll.
One could learn to draw from these pages, get some tips and techniques, or simply use it as a travel book to visit most "corners" of the globe.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592537259
Author:
Campanario, Gabriel
Publisher:
Quarry Books
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Art - Drawing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paper Text with Flaps
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
10 x 8.5 in

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"Review" by , "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."
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