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Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Urban Sketching books.

1. The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location (2014)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionCapture the bustle and beauty of life in your town.Experience life as only an artist can! Join the rapidly growing, international movement of artists united by a passion for drawing on location in the cities, towns and villages where they live and travel. Packed with art and advice from , artist and co-founder of, this self-directed workshop shows you how to draw inspiration from real life and bring that same excitement into your sketchbook. Inside you’ll fi nd everything you need to tackle subjects ranging from still lifes and architecture to people and busy street scenes….
Author(s): Marc Taro Holmes

2. The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location (Urban Sketching Handbooks) (2014)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionAward-winning illustrator first introduced his approach to drawing in The Art of Urban Sketching, a showcase of more than 500 sketches and drawing tips shared by more than 100 urban sketchers around the world. Now, he drills down into specific challenges of making sketches on location, rain or shine, quickly or slowly, and the most suitable techniques for every situation, in The Urban Sketching Handbook series. It’s easy to overlook that ample variety of buildings and spaces and the differences from city to city, country to country. From houses, apartments…
Author(s): Gabriel Campanario

3. Everyday Sketching and Drawing: Five Steps to a Unique and Personal Sketchbook Habit (2018)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionWhy do so many adults come to view drawing as difficult or fraught with anxiety? Traditional art instruction is often bogged down with jargon, rules, and admonishments that unintentionally stifle the joy of drawing for its own sake.Steven Reddy’s new and easy approach to drawing instructs sketchers to document their unique and compelling lives in realistic yet playful sketches that record the places, spaces, and objects that help define them as individuals. He reminds artists to slow down, notice, and attend to the sketch-worthy scenes and subjects that are unstaged and always there in our everyday lives. He offers a versatile technique…
Author(s): Steven B. Reddy, Stephanie Bower, et al.

4. The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World (2012)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionThe Art of Urban Sketching is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel. Authored by the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers (, this beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today. With profiles of leading practitioners and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form, this inspiring book shows how one can participate and experience this creative outlet through modern-day social networks…
Author(s): Gabriel Campanario

5. Urban Sketching Step by Step: Techniques for creating quick & lively urban scenes (2019)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionReawaken the art of our ancestors and 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.Beginning with useful advice on basic materials as well as priceless information on essential drawing techniques – from essential shapes, tone, colour and perspective to capturing moving subjects, composition and more – jump straight into a huge collection of creative exercises to help you build your skills, see your surroundings in a new artistic eye…
Author(s): Klaus Meier-Pauken

6. Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques (2014)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionWhile most sketching guides leave the artist with static bowls of fruit and flower vases to develop their skill, Urban Sketching takes its inspiration from the living, breathing world around us! Contents include the nuts and bolts of sketching and drawing as well as a range of techniques specific to this artistic genre. Readers will discover:Rules on perspective that will aid inn capturing landscapes, buildings, and objects accuratelyTips for capturing the essence of people in sketches when subjects are on the moveThe art of adding notes, commentary, and even speech to sketchesChapters on sharing sketches through social media, joining…
Author(s): Thomas Thorspecken

7. Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color (2014)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionCOLOR YOUR LIFEBring new energy to your sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to watercolor painting. Whether you’re an amateur artist, drawer, doodler, or sketcher, watercolor is a versatile sketching medium that’s perfect for people on the go—much like pen or pencil. Accomplished designer and illustrator Felix Scheinberger offers a solid foundation in color theory and countless lessons on all aspects of watercolor sketching, including: Fundamentals like wet-on-wet, glazes, and washes Materials and supplies to bring on your travels Little-known tips and tricks, like painting when water…
Author(s): Felix Scheinberger

8. 5-Minute Sketching — Architecture: Super-quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings (2016)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionSketching has become very popular. In more than 60 cities around the world, from New Jersey, San Diego, and Montreal to as far as Moscow and Australia, “sketch crawls” find artists drawing what they see. A new social network has emerged where these sketch artists meet for group crawls and upload and share their work online. Like coloring, sketching taps into a desire to be creative in the bygone way of pencil and paper. 5-Minute Sketching — Architecture can help artists of all abilities — but especially novices — to understand and reproduce real-life perspective in their drawings. The rules of perspective will become…
Author(s): Liz Steel

9. The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location (Urban Sketching Handbooks) (2015)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionThe third volume in The Urban Sketching Handbook series, Reportage and Documentary Drawing, is about drawing as a form of journalism or documenting life. This includes drawings events such as parades, music performances, sporting events, speeches, and can include everything from newsworthy political events to simply documenting a day’s adventures. It’s about being attentive to your surroundings, and telling that story through your sketches.Artist Veronica Lawlor explains how to use art to find and tell the stories around you. From visual journalism to simply…
Author(s): Veronica Lawlor

10. Urban Sketching For Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide to Urban Sketching, Including (2016)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionUrban Sketching for Beginners Do you want to start urban sketching, TODAY? Have you always dreamed of getting into art and drawing?If you answered yes, then is the book you need!Urban sketching is the perfect gateway into the world of art, sketching and drawing. It’s simple, rewarding and super-fun!Inside this book you will find from the moment you draw your first line, and until you are able to observe objects and joyfully sketch them. Liron is a great believer in the “anyone can do it” approach, and this belief resides in every chapter and page of this book.Inside URBAN…
Author(s): Liron Yanconsky

11. Sketching People: An Urban Sketcher’s Manual to Drawing Figures and Faces (2016)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionDrawing people in the outside world can be a real thrill; each sketch captures a particular person and place in time. But it can also be a challenge. How do you spot a likely subject? How do you choose the person most likely to stay still? How do you draw movement for the person that refuses to sit still? Sketching People offers straightforward, practical help to give beginning artists the confidence and ability to draw all sorts of people in many different settings. In the pages of this book, readers will find:How to capture the essence of characterDifferent…
Author(s): Lynne Chapman

12. Quick & Lively Urban Sketching (2017)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionPacked with creative exercises and practical tips, this book will help you breathe life and expression into your urban sketches. In a time when most people have a camera or smartphone to hand at all times, the question of why we sketch is ever more relevant. A sketch cannot capture a scene with perfect accuracy instead, it is about something more. We sketch to capture an impression, record a feeling, create a personal interpretation; sketching is an act of personal expression. Whether you want to sketch to capture fleeting moments, experiences or locations in time, or to…
Author(s): Klaus Meier-Pauken

13. 5-Minute Sketching — Landscapes: Super-quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings (2017)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionA comprehensive guide to quick sketching of landscapes. The interest in quick sketching is evident in the popularity of tutorial videos on YouTube. Some of the most popular are Tips to Draw Better in 6 Minutes (1.4 million views) and How to Draw Better in 2 Minutes (2.5 million views). The Urban Sketchers community has more than 86,000 Facebook fans and 10,200 Twitter followers. 5-Minute Sketching — Landscapes is about drawing what you see, mostly in settings away from the “modern world.” It’s especially appropriate for travelers. There are abundant tips for…
Author(s): Virginia Hein

14. Archisketcher: A Guide to Spotting & Sketching Urban Landscapes (2001)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionArchisketcher…
Author(s): Simone Ridyard

15. Urban Sketching The Freedom Trail: Walking and Sketching Boston’s Famous Trail. (2014)

 Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your AttentionEach year over 3.2 million people visit Boston Massachusetts and walk The Freedom Trail, making it one of the most visited historical attractions in the United States. In the summer of 2013, I walked the trail carrying my small backpack filled with my art supplies and sketched anything I found attracting along the way. In total I ended up walking for 11 weeks sketching the entire 2.5 mile journey and enjoyed every bit of it! This 74 page book captures my journey and hope it may want to make you walk The Freedom Trail! Note: The Freedom Trail® is a registered trademark of The Freedom Trail…
Author(s): Mr Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara

Best Urban Sketching Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some urban sketching books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Urban Sketching Handbook

Author(s): Suhita Shirodkar
ID: 2903427, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2021, Size: 32 Mb, Format: epub

The Complete Urban Sketching Companion

Author(s): Shari Blaukopf; Stephanie Bower; Shari Blaukopf
ID: 2627542, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2020, Size: 17 Mb, Format: epub

Everyday Urban Sketching

Author(s): Stephanie Bower, Suma CM, Judith Cassel-Mamet, Marc Taro Holmes
ID: 2395939, Publisher: The Teaching Company, Year: 2019-07, Size: 20 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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