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Urban Sketching Quick & Lively - Klaus Meier-Pauken
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Quick & Lively Urban Sketching

by Klaus Meier-Pauken

A practical guide to creating quick urban sketches full of life, movement and expression

Packed 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 record impressions that you can return to and build on later, this book will show you how.

The aim of the book is to encourage you to create quick, animated drawings that are full of life and expression. Whether you are looking to discover your own sketching style, or to build on your existing knowledge, this book is packed with quick exercises to get you thinking, theory to build up your knowledge base, and beautiful artworks to inspire you. The book is divided into seven lessons: tools, colour, composition, bringing a sketch to life, urban life, landscapes and human subjects - each contains learning objectives and tips to hone your technique. Decide how strong or detailed to make your linework; when to use pencil or ink; how much colour to use, and where; how to successfully compose an image and use perspective to bring it to life; how to use contrast; how to incorporate detail; how to sketch landscapes, urban features and human subjects. It is when we bring together all these different elements of an urban scene that our sketches come to life.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Why we draw 8

Line, shading and tonal values 10

Lesson 1: Tools and exercises 12

Pencils 12

Nibs and fountain pens 14

Lesson 2: Colour 16

Working with colour 16

Mixed media 18

Lesson 3: Image composition 22

Perspective 24

Spatial depth 25

Visual tension 26

Visual expressiveness 27

Detail sections 28

Lesson 4: What brings a sketch to life? 30

Contrast 31

Decorative detail 32

Line control 36

Colouring 39

Complementary colouring 40

Dynamism 41

Lesson 5: Urban life 42

Lesson 6: Landscapes 48

Lesson 7: Human subjects 56

Afterword 64

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