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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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A building is a building. Are there really that many creative ways to
sketch it?
I believe so. Not every urban sketch needs to be loose and,
well, sketchy. If you want to spend 2 hours drawing on location
and add another hour on top of that at home to color the sketch
methodically, why not?
Conventional wisdom may say that you don’t write on a piece of
art, but I like to put the names of the streets on my drawings. I know
a sketcher who includes the outside temperature, too.
As you get out to draw more and more, strive to be creative,
making sketches in a way only you can make, with your own voice
and personality.
KEY VI
CreaTIvITy
skeTch here!
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Sketches convey a message.
When I look at a sketch, I look for meaning. What’s
the message? A creative sketcher will find ways to
connect with the viewer, as Melanie Reim does in
this drawing, limiting her color use to the pack of
taxicabs crowding the street.
Ä MELANIE REIM
Taxi Jam Line
12” x 12” | 30.5 x 30.5 cm;
Pelikan 200 fountain pen with
Noodler’s Manhattan ink on
Cachet studio sketchbook;
15 minutes.
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Ä MELANIE REIM
Taxi Jam Line
12” x 12” | 30.5 x 30.5 cm;
Pelikan 200 fountain pen with
Noodler’s Manhattan ink on
Cachet studio sketchbook;
15 minutes.
à Don’t feel you have to
use the same drawing tools
others are using. Find that
special type of pen that
best fits your drawing style.
James Hobbs relishes the
bold linework he can
produce with thick markers.
JAMES HOBBS
Bishopsgate, London
6” x 4” | 15.2 x 10.2 cm; Pentel
NMS50 permanent marker,
Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook
140 gsm; 15 minutes.
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Take artistic license.
Portuguese sketcher Mário Linhares took an
original approach with this sketch. He combined
the building façades of a Lisbon city square into a
panoramic drawing. The result shows the four sides
of the square unfolded into a continuous façade.
Isn’t that clever?
à MÁRIO LINHARES
São Carlos Square, Lisbon
22” x 7” | 56 x 17.8 cm; Copic
Multiliner SP 0.2 black ink pen on
220 gsm Conqueror Stonemarque
paper; 90 minutes.
Create a playful layout.
Sketches of architectural details are fun to lay out
in a sketchbook spread. Think of each sketch as
a piece of a larger mosaic. Organize your layout
around a large central image, and be sure to
include other sketches of medium and small size,
as well as written type.
Ä A great exercise to under-
stand urban spaces is to draw
a map of the location.
JOAQUÍN GONZÁLEZ
DORAO
Catedral Vieja
16” x 6” | 40.6 x 15.2 cm;
Watercolor and marker on
Laloran sketchbook with 200 gsm
Clairefontaine paper; about 3 hours.
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à MÁRIO LINHARES
São Carlos Square, Lisbon
22” x 7” | 56 x 17.8 cm; Copic
Multiliner SP 0.2 black ink pen on
220 gsm Conqueror Stonemarque
paper; 90 minutes.
Ä A great exercise to under-
stand urban spaces is to draw
a map of the location.
JOAQUÍN GONZÁLEZ
DORAO
Catedral Vieja
16” x 6” | 40.6 x 15.2 cm;
Watercolor and marker on
Laloran sketchbook with 200 gsm
Clairefontaine paper; about 3 hours.
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