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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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Pencil is the most versatile and affordable drawing tool. Graphite
responds well to pressure, so you can easily create strokes of
varying intensity.
When drawing urban spaces in pencil, first make soft
construction lines to mark the horizon line and block out the main
parts of the sketch. These are the skeletons of the buildings you are
representing, but there’s no need to erase them. Let them become
part of the background as you build more confident lines on top.
A pencil lets you create strong areas of shade that add volume
to the scene. Rub the graphite with your fingers to smooth out the sky
or the texture of landscaped areas.
Line. Shade. Texture. A pencil, like a four-wheel-drive automobile,
can handle everything. Don’t underestimate it.
GALLERY I
PeNCIl
skeTch here!
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Á Feira da Santa Cecília
10” x 11” | 25.4 x 28 cm; 3B to
7B pencils and blending stump on
Cachet Daler Rowney; 1.5 hours.
I’ve developed the painterly
approach with different kinds
of media. Among them, I think
pencil is the easiest one, as
you can avoid being distracted
by colors and focus more on
masses.— Eduardo Bajzek
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à Armenian Street
30” x 11” | 76.2 x 28 cm;
Graphite on heavy-weight
cartridge paper; about 2.5 hours.
Á Schulstrasse, Munich
6” x 5” | 15.2 x 12.7 cm;
Faber-Castell 2B pencil, Boesner
sketchbook; about 40 minutes.
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à Armenian Street
30” x 11” | 76.2 x 28 cm;
Graphite on heavy-weight
cartridge paper; about 2.5 hours.
Sketching in graphite allows me to control
the different tones, although they are in
black and white. Normally, I prefer to use
the softest graphite, which is 9B, together
with 6B and 4B.—Ch’ng Kiah Kiean
Á Schulstrasse, Munich
6” x 5” | 15.2 x 12.7 cm;
Faber-Castell 2B pencil, Boesner
sketchbook; about 40 minutes.
Pencil is the most direct, versatile, and
sensitive drawing medium. You can do very
thin loose, lines or apply more pressure to
get intense lines or dark shadows through
hatching.—Florian Afflerbach
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