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Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario

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Drawing architecture in watercolor takes longer than in pen or
pencil. Don’t forget to allow for drying time!
Watercolor can be temperamental. The best tip I’ve found to
tame its fussy behavior is to control the water/pigment ratio, layering
washes of different consistency. Montreal–based sketcher Marc
Taro Holmes aims for these consistencies: tea (more water than
pigment for light areas of color); milk (more opaque mix of water
and pigment for richer areas of color); and honey (dense mix of
pigment and water for thick accents).
Though many urban sketchers combine watercolor with another
medium, such as ink, this gallery shows watercolor-only sketches or
those where only underlying pencil was used. They deserve their
own category.
GALLERY III
waTerCOlOr
skeTch here!
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Architecture and Cityscapes
à Old Montreal
17” x 11” | 43.2 x 28 cm;
Watercolor and 0.7mm
mechanical pencil on Stillman &
Birn Beta sketchbook; 45 minutes.
Record only what interests you and ignore everything else.
The most detail, greatest contrast, and brightest color should
overlap in the area of interest, smoothly fading away to the
edges.—Marc Taro Holmes
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Gallery III: Watercolor
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à Old Montreal
17” x 11” | 43.2 x 28 cm;
Watercolor and 0.7mm
mechanical pencil on Stillman &
Birn Beta sketchbook; 45 minutes.
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Architecture and Cityscapes
For me, capturing architecture in watercolor
is a quicker and easier way to get the whole
structure, volume, ambience, light, and shade
at the same time. And most importantly, it
is as fun as singing a song along with your
favorite music.—Kumi Matsukawa
I got in the habit of drawing using lots
of pen lines to create form in drawings
and wanted to try and push myself to do
something new. I couldn’t quite let go of
lines completely, so I used a pencil to sketch
in the main shapes.—Lis Watkins
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Á Yakushi-do Shrine
12” x 8” | 30.5 x 20.3 cm;
Colored pencil and watercolor on
Moleskine watercolor notebook;
1 hour.
For me, capturing architecture in watercolor
is a quicker and easier way to get the whole
structure, volume, ambience, light, and shade
at the same time. And most importantly, it
is as fun as singing a song along with your
favorite music.—Kumi Matsukawa
à Tower Bridge, London
23” x 8” | 58.4 x 20.3 cm;
Pencil and watercolor;
about 1.5 hours.
I got in the habit of drawing using lots
of pen lines to create form in drawings
and wanted to try and push myself to do
something new. I couldn’t quite let go of
lines completely, so I used a pencil to sketch
in the main shapes.—Lis Watkins
Gallery III: Watercolor
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