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Urban Sketching Step By Step - Klaus Meier-Pauken
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Urban Sketching Step by Step

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

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

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 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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