Another form of observational drawing is to concentrate on specific aspects of a view: the use of materials, light and shadow in a street, edges, boundaries, objects within a street. A number of sketches can be made from one viewpoint to explore and characterize a street scene.

As well as a long view encapsulating the whole street scene, more detailed observations can be drawn to consider relationships of materials and objects, including cars and people. This can suggest the scale of the space. The relationship between these two different drawing types, the zoomed-out view and the close-up detail view, can reveal the relationship of the parts to the whole.

Sketches of a city can be taken at street level or from a more elevated ...

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