Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Reads: The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

I love to sketch but architecture seems to screw me up everytime. I've been wanting to read more about Urban Sketching and then I stumbled upon this book that covered both urban sketching AND tips and techniques! Score!

Let's just say it took only about 3 seconds for that puppy to land in my Amazon cart.

The book is about the size of a trade paperback, with a rugged/hard softcover and an elastic band closure...perfect for tossing in a bag to accompany you when you are out sketching.

I loved the illustrations from various Urban Sketchers and that the book didn't focus on materials so much as simplifying things like achieving depth and tone in the drawings and how to simplify a scene to make it achievable.

I think its safe to say that this book has taken some of the fear of trying out of cityscape sketching for me...even when it comes to adding people! (I am so bad at drawing humans!).  I guess we'll see where I can take it now, but I just want to say that I recommend this one for anyone who might be wanting to sketch when they travel or just as a skill builder to add to your arsenal of drawing tools!

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