03 February 2014


BC Paperback

215x280 mm



128 pages

Search Press

Urban Sketching

by Thomas Thorspecken

Using composition, contour, colour, mood, speed, and emotional impact for sketching and reporting about the world that surrounds you.
This book is a guide to how to sketch the world around you, for anyone who wants to know how to draw the exciting and ever changing events of everyday life. Discover your place in the world, one sketch at a time.
Content includes the nuts and bolts of sketching and drawing, using urban subjects that are guaranteed to inspire a new generation of artists right at the start of their creative journey.
This book draws on the styles and approaches of several illustrators, designers, and graphic artists.
Break out of the confines of a studio. Discover your own city or town. No still lives or empty landscapes.

A thorough how-to guide on a very popular art genre
Includes over 350 incredible graphic illustrations
Tips and techniques from highly accomplished and respected artist, Thomas Thorspecken

Book Contents

Chapter 1: Tools, Materials & Time
Line, Colour, Sketchbook, Outdoor Setup and Scheduling
Chapter 2: Sketching Techniques
In this section, you get a basic course in techniques, with a chance to explore the variety of marks you can make on the page using the kind of basic art materials discussed in the first chapter. You discover what flows, what erases, what will become your favorite tool, and which of these lead you where you want to go. This is a series of tutorials aimed at getting readers to experiment. It is not about learning to sketch in a certain stylebut finding a way of sketching that feels easy and natural.
Chapter 3: Going Urban
Discover how to get outside and start to work on some of the classic subjects that fill up urban sketchbooks across
the world. It starts with some essential perspective rules, which will govern everything you draw, from a balcony view
of a cityscape to an interior sketch of your favorite cafe.
Chapter 4: Populating Your World
Figure drawing is a major part of urban sketching, but is often seen as a bit of a challenge for beginners, who prefer to stick with buildings. But as we show here, you can populate your sketches with people, or create your own impressions of the people you seewithout having to be an expert.
Chapter 5: Sketch As Reportage
This section effectively puts together some of the lessons learned in Chapters 2, 3, and 4, and provides a series of annotated sketches with notes on where and why they were made, the drawing materials and techniques used, and the order of working.
Chapter 6: Reading The Sketch
Handwritten notes to accompany the sketch are a favorite of urban sketchers, recording when and where a sketch was made, and what was going on at the time. But equally, the sketch itself can reflect the enormous role that words, signage, branding, and typography plays in our urban landscape.
Chapter 7: Social Networks and Sketching
Urban sketching has become a major international movement thanks to the power of social networking, with artists sharing sketchbooks and commenting on their work. The author is fully involved in this, and gives some tips to newcomers on how to become a part of the international sketching community, digitizing work with either scanner or camera, running a blog and sharing via Flickr, Urban Sketchers, Sketchcrawl, and other groups.
Index & Credits

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