The urban sketcher

techniques for seeing and drawing on location

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The urban sketcher (2014)

142 pages

English language

Published Jan. 8, 2014

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3 stars (1 review)

You'll love this drawing book if: You want to learn urban sketching techniques You like to make pen and ink, watercolor, and pencil art Join the Urban Sketching movement and capture the bustle and beauty of life around you. From coffee shops to busy streets, you'll learn from author Marc Taro Holmes how easy it is to get started in urban sketching and how quickly you'll find a passion for drawing on location in the cities and villages you live and travel in. This workshop book will teach you how to draw inspiration from real life. Learn to capture not just what you see but also the energy and what it feels like to be there in the moment. With this guide you will learn what minimal supplies you need to get started, practical advice for working in the field, choosing subjects, capturing people in motion and more. Whether you …

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3 stars

From a complete novice's point of view, this is a pretty decent book for beginners. It focuses on three main aspects: pencil, ink, and watercolor. The first two sections are done well but, despite being the most difficult and the author's preference, I found the section on watercolor to be the least well-explained. That's fine with me because it's something I'm unlikely to get into, but other readers may want to take that into account.

I'd probably give it more than 3 stars, maybe 3.5, but I know it's not 4 stars. It is a good book, it's informative, and the art is nice. What holds me back from being more effusive is the above mentioned simplification of the watercolor process, his ink pictures are somewhat busy for my tastes, and the book needed more proofreading and copy editing.


  • Technique
  • Drawing
  • Watercolor painting