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.
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.
by Library Journal,
"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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