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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 May 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216834
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 422
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP Price: £9.99
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Urban Sketching Step by Step


Techniques for creating quick & lively urban scenes by Klaus Meier-Pauken

Book Description

The next inspiring instalment by artist and architect Klaus Meir-Pauken, showing you how to sketch our industrial, hustling, urban world.

Join the growing movement of reactionary artists and learn how to capture our fast-paced world in this inspiring book by popular artist and author, Klaus Meier-Pauken.

With useful advice on the basic materials needed, Urban Sketching Step by Step then moves on to honing essential drawing techniques from tone and colour to perspective and composition.

The huge collection of creative exercises will help you build your skills, see your surroundings with a new artistic eye and draw lively sketches of your city or town that reflect its character.

Whether you are looking to discover your own sketching style, or to build on your existing knowledge, this book is packed with material to get you creating your own dynamic works of art.


Table of Contents

Foreword  4

Urban Sketching Sketching in the city  6
 - Equipment  7
 - Quick sketches as essential training  20
 - Lines and surfaces in your drawing  24
 - Pencil, ink or colour?  28

Spatial perception in the city  30
 - Selecting a scene in public places  30
 - Perspective: horizons, position lines and vanishing points  34

Composing a harmonious sketch  38
 - Arranging people and objects in space  40
 - Foreground, middle ground and background  44
 - The illusion of spatial depth  45
 - Bringing your picture to life  46
 - Shading and textures  50
 - Light and shadow  51
 - Getting your message across  52
 - Tension and dynamism  56
 - Using colour  60

Bringing individual elements to life  64
 - Buildings and architecture  64
 - Trees and vegetation  66
 - People  68
 - Cars, buses and trains  74
 - Surfaces and materials  75

Capturing typical locations in sketches  76
 - Streets, alleyways, courtyards and squares  76
 - Landscapes, parks and gardens  82
 - Details  88
 - Canals, rivers and the sea  92

Afterword The magic of particular places  96

About the Author

About Klaus Meier-Pauken

Klaus Meier-Pauken was born in 1952. He studied architecture and worked as an architect and urban planner from 1983 until 1992. He has worked at Cologne University of Applied Sciences since 1992, and also teaches perspective and freehand drawing at the FFI in Cologne. His works have been shown in multiple exhibitions.

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