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The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World Paperback – Illustrated, 1 February 2012

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1592537251
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781592537259
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1592537259
  • Customer reviews:
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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. Campanarios 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 masters degree in journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable...wait, scratch "thoroughly."
19 September 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Sharon Cullen Art
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent book. By far my favorite urban sketching book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent book. By far my favorite urban sketching book
Reviewed in the United States on 16 May 2016
This book is stuffed with excellent information. Each selected artist contributor is separated by a color rim in page with tab of the geographical area he/she sketched. The first section is on what urban sketching is, and what it means to be an urban sketcher. The next is on supplies but is a small portion of this very thick 319 page book. Then the artists are each given a few pages to discuss the sketches shown, and tips and tricks they use to get it done, like how to draw a full page spread and tips to get it done, or how to zone in on your composition, maybe just drawing the entry way of a building rather than the entire thing. Or as you look at drawings (and there are lots of them;hundreds,) an artist will tell of the drawing experience and then give a tip like, " for this drawing I literally started on the right side of the page and worked my way leftward until I reached the other edge which accounts for the idiosyncratic perspective." - Walt Taylor. And there are tips for drawing on subways, buses, etc, or in cafes and restaurants, and drawing people in action and tips on getting them done. There's even an artist who discusses how to draw events or performances, and another just on drawing food. I could go on and on.

I have many urban sketching books, but this has by far become my absolute favorite and go to book. I recommend this book for seasoned artists as well as beginners. There are tips and tricks and exercises from hundreds of artists literally from all over the world. And if you have ever looked at someone's sketch and thought, wow I wonder what he was thinking when he drew this, or I wonder what approach was taken to get this on paper, for a seasoned artist this would be a great read also. The book is laid out in a very organized way and it will be in my library forever! Excellent book.
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Willie jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars it's like a best of travel journals made by artist
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