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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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GALLERY II
PEN
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Sketching directly with pen can be intimidating, especially with a
subject as unforgiving as architecture. But the goal isn’t to produce
error-free illustrations. Every mark counts, even the misfires. They
show the drawing process and make the sketch more interesting than
if you fixed every misstep along the way.
Sketching with pen can also be liberating, like going for a
swim in cold water. Sure, it may feel scary at first, but once you are
flapping around for a while, you adjust to the temperature. You can
always get past the initial hesitation by making thumbnail sketches,
or marking dots on the page where you think the lines should go.
Dots are less obvious in case you are too worried about drawing
lines where they don’t belong.
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Gallery II: Pen and Ink
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I usually sketch with a Lamy
fountain pen with the nib
turned upside down for a
finer line. When people ask
me why, I tell them that I like
the tactile feel of a nib as
the wet ink flows through it
onto paper. I like the fluidity,
incisiveness, and decisiveness
of ink lines.—Frank Ching
Á Nanjing Fuzimiao
7.7” x 7” | 20 x 17.8 cm; Fountain
pen on sketchbook; 30 minutes.
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I like the simplicity that a pen line conveys. Pen-and-ink
drawings are usually more striking than pencil drawings
because of the contrast. Even without tones or washes,
lines that meet at junctions and the overlapped lines can
all work together to produce drawing with depth and
clarity.—Teoh Yi Chie
I prefer working in pen because it requires
a certain kind of assertiveness in one’s
decision making. Even if I’ve roughed
out the basic composition in pencil first, I
think my lines are a bit more confident and
somehow truer in pen.—Paul Heaston
Ä Kampong Glam,
Singapore
12” x 9” | 30.5 x 23 cm; Hero
pen on Daler Rowney Aquafine
watercolor paper 300 gsm;
1.5 hours.
[NOTE TO DE:SPREAD]
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à 29th and Umatilla
8.5” x 5.5” | 21.6 x 14 cm;
Staedtler Pigment Liner pen on
Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series;
about 3 hours.
I prefer working in pen because it requires
a certain kind of assertiveness in one’s
decision making. Even if I’ve roughed
out the basic composition in pencil first, I
think my lines are a bit more confident and
somehow truer in pen.—Paul Heaston
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