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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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Architecture and Cityscapes
Add people to create a sense of scale.
The height of a person is something everyone
can relate to. Add at least one passerby to every
sketch. Without that individual, it may too hard to
know how big the setting really is.
Toolbox
For extra accuracy with
measurements, use a
transparent grid divided into
squares. Pan over the scene
and compare sizes. How
many squares wide and
tall is the building? You can
make your own device using
a clear, acetate sheet.
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à Crowds help convey the
spaciousness of the square in
front of Milan’s cathedral.
SIMONE RIDYARD
Piazza del Duomo, Milan
16” x 5” | 40.6 x 12.7 cm;
Fineliner pen 0.3/0.1 mm and
watercolor on Moleskine A5
sketchbook; 1.5 hours.
Add people to create a sense of scale.
The height of a person is something everyone
can relate to. Add at least one passerby to every
sketch. Without that individual, it may too hard to
know how big the setting really is.
Key II: Scale
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Focus on small areas.
It can be overwhelming to try to size a big space.
Practice drawing a smaller element, such as a
simple building façade, trying to get accurate
proportions of doors/windows and some activity,
such as a person walking by.
Ä Cars can also provide a
sense of scale.
Quick Pack minimart
11” x 6” | 28 x 15.2 cm;
Noodler’s ink and watercolor on
Canson Mixed Media sketchbook;
45 minutes.
Use urban furniture to
emphasize proportions.
City spaces are packed with what I like to call
urban furniture (utility poles, traffic lights, benches,
fire hydrants, etc.). Don’t overlook them. These
elements help you get a sense of proportion for
the entire space.
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Ä Cars can also provide a
sense of scale.
Quick Pack minimart
11” x 6” | 28 x 15.2 cm;
Noodler’s ink and watercolor on
Canson Mixed Media sketchbook;
45 minutes.
Use urban furniture to
emphasize proportions.
City spaces are packed with what I like to call
urban furniture (utility poles, traffic lights, benches,
fire hydrants, etc.). Don’t overlook them. These
elements help you get a sense of proportion for
the entire space.
à STÉPHANE KARDOS
Off Sunset Drive
11.4” x 8” | 29 x 20.3 cm;
Gray and black Pentel brushes,
permanent ink pen and watercolor
on Seawhite of Brighton
sketchbook; 30 minutes.
Key II: Scale
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Useful habits
Don’t trust your instincts;
measure distances
before starting to sketch.
Measure distances in
your head as you walk
on the street. I do that
all the time. It’s good
practice to measure.
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skeTch here!
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