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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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Choose an interesting format.
A square is hardly ever an interesting shape. Have
you ever seen a square flag? Or a square TV
screen? It’s easy to forget that the human eye sees
in a wide-angle format. Crop any scene into a long
rectangle and you’ll be one step closer to making
a unique picture.
à MURRAY DEWHURST
Victorian veranda, Auckland
22.8” x 8” | 58 x 20.3 cm;
Sennelier half-pan watercolors,
Staedtler pigment liner 0.5 on
A4 Hahnemühle landscape
sketchbook spread; about 2 hours.
Á Turn a landscape-format
sketchbook upright and you’ll
have vertical panorama.
STEPHANIE BOWER
Sagrada Família, Barcelona
5” x 16” | 12.7 x 40.6 cm;
Mechanical pencil and watercolor
on Pentalic 5” x 8” | 12.7 x 20.3 cm;
watercolor sketchbook; about 1 hour.
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Choose an interesting format.
A square is hardly ever an interesting shape. Have
you ever seen a square flag? Or a square TV
screen? It’s easy to forget that the human eye sees
in a wide-angle format. Crop any scene into a long
rectangle and you’ll be one step closer to making
a unique picture.
à MURRAY DEWHURST
Victorian veranda, Auckland
22.8” x 8” | 58 x 20.3 cm;
Sennelier half-pan watercolors,
Staedtler pigment liner 0.5 on
A4 Hahnemühle landscape
sketchbook spread; about 2 hours.
Á Outline the shape of the
sky and you will have drawn
the city skyline without even
looking at the buildings.
Start with the big shapes
Billboards, store marquees, and traffic signs are great fun
to draw, but they can be distracting at the early stages of
making a drawing. To understand the scene, I first look at
shape relationships of large areas such as the sky, the mass
of buildings, and the ground.
Sky
Street
Buildings
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Architecture and Cityscapes
Make it fit ...
Sometimes, an archway
or a window will frame
the scene for us. Most
of the time, though,
you have to build an
imaginary frame around
the area you intend to
sketch. It’s important to
know how much you
want to fit on the page;
otherwise, you could run
out of space.
Toolbox
A framing device makes
finding good compositions
easier. They call them
viewfinders for a reason.
A 35-mm slide frame
L-shaped cardboard frames
Your hands (and you’re not
likely to forget those!)
Ä ROGER O’REILLY
Trinity College Dublin
5.5” x 8” | 14 x 20 cm; Diluted
black liquid-acrylic ink on Canson
A5 heavy cartridge sketchpad;
20 minutes.
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Key1: Composition
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à Once you know what
area you want to draw, trace
the shape of the area on the
page and create a thumbnail
sketch of the composition.
Now, will everything fit?
First Baptist Church, Seattle
7.2” x 11.8” | 18 x 30 cm;
Noodler’s ink and watercolor
on Canson watercolor paper;
1.5 hours.
Ä ROGER O’REILLY
Trinity College Dublin
5.5” x 8” | 14 x 20 cm; Diluted
black liquid-acrylic ink on Canson
A5 heavy cartridge sketchpad;
20 minutes.
... Or crop it.
Don’t try to make the building
fit when it doesn’t. It’s better
to crop, as you would if you
were taking a photograph.
Á RICHARD ALOMAR
Guggenheim Museum
11” x 5” | 28 x 12.7 cm; Lamy
Safari with Noodler’s Lexington
Gray ink on Moleskine watercolor
notebook; 30 minutes.
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