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Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers by James Richards

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Part 2

Urban Sketching

View of the Bosphorus River, Istanbul. Microperm 0.5 ink pen, watercolor, 9 in. × 16 in.

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Chapter Five

Urban Sketching as Creative Fuel

Figure 5.1: The floating market in Rajburi, Thailand, is truly one of the world’s most unique sites. This detailed sketch was hopelessly busy and confusing until darks were added to unify the composition. Pigma Micron 0.5 ink pen, watercolor, 7 in. × 10 in.

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Figure 5.2: An icon atop the Golden Pavilion near Kyoto, Japan. No. 2 pencil and watercolor, 5 in. × 7 in.

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Figure 5.3: Our tour bus on a stop near Dresden, Germany. Uni-ball Vision Micro pen, 5 in. × 8 in.

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In previous chapters we’ve been introduced to techniques for drawing individual elements in the world around us, and for combining them to create a dynamic composition with an illusion of depth.

There’s not much greater pleasure than honing these lessons while experiencing the world’s great places or exploring your own community, and in sharing your on-the-spot impressions with the world. Urban sketching, on location and in the moment, combines passions ...

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