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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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Twist and shout.
A sketch is like a conversation. Sometimes, you
speak softly, sometimes you shout out to make a
point. You can emphasize or understate certain
parts of the sketch using lines that flow in different
directions and by varying the stroke width. This can
be done without sacrificing composition and depth.
Á By using an old-fashioned
dip pen, you can create
distinctive strokes of different
weights.
VERONICA LAWLOR
Empire State Building
9” x 12” | 23 x 30.5 cm; Dip
pen and Higgins black ink,
with colored pencil in spots on
Bienfang 601 sketchbook; about
20 minutes.
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Ä MANFRED
SCHLOESSER
Europahafen, Bremen
8” x 5” | 20.3 x 12.7 cm;
Faber-Castell Pitt pen on paper on
Moleskine sketchbook; 10 minutes.
Twist and shout.
A sketch is like a conversation. Sometimes, you
speak softly, sometimes you shout out to make a
point. You can emphasize or understate certain
parts of the sketch using lines that flow in different
directions and by varying the stroke width. This can
be done without sacrificing composition and depth.
Á By using an old-fashioned
dip pen, you can create
distinctive strokes of different
weights.
VERONICA LAWLOR
Empire State Building
9” x 12” | 23 x 30.5 cm; Dip
pen and Higgins black ink,
with colored pencil in spots on
Bienfang 601 sketchbook; about
20 minutes.
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Make it look solid with assertive
straight lines.
Can you draw a straight line? How about two
parallel straight lines? It’s easier said than done.
To draw buildings that will look believable, this is
an important skill to develop. Lines don’t necessarily
have to be perfectly on the right spot. If they are
drawn with confidence, they still contribute to the
character of the sketch.
 Even without anchoring
the building to the ground,
Dorantes made this building
look solid thanks to his confi-
dent linework.
NORBERTO DORANTES
Edificio Aguas Argentinas
11” x 7.4” | 28 x 19 cm; Art
Pen F with nonwaterproof ink
and watercolor on Canson A4
sketchbook; 40 minutes.
I’ve found that straight lines seem
easier to make when I lock my wrist
and move the entire arm along
the way, pressing my hand gently
against the page as I go.
Vary the direction of lines to create
pattern and texture.
Useful habits
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Á LUIS RUIZ
Málaga, Alameda Principal
18.5” x 8.5” | 47 x 21.63 cm; Ink
and watercolor, Canson Montval
300 gsm watercolor paper; about
2 hours.
 Even without anchoring
the building to the ground,
Dorantes made this building
look solid thanks to his confi
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dent linework.
NORBERTO DORANTES
Edificio Aguas Argentinas
11” x 7.4” | 28 x 19 cm; Art
Pen F with nonwaterproof ink
and watercolor on Canson A4
sketchbook; 40 minutes.
Workshop
Practice drawing straight
parallel lines on a piece
of paper. No rulers
allowed!
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skeTch here!
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