People and Motion
Human activity defines a city just as much or more than the buildings that appear in the postcards. Can you imagine a sketch of New York’s Times Square without the bustling crowds; Venice with no gondoliers; or Seattle’s Pike Place Market without the guys tossing fish?
As an urban sketcher, you may choose to ignore all the human noise. A city skyline or a lonesome historic building will still make for great, timeless sketches. But the rewards of sketching people are too great to always leave them out of the picture.
If you love to relax at the coffee shop and do some people watching, you’ll also understand what makes sketching people so much fun. From the fashion and the hairdos, to the faces or the way people walk, each person has an individual expression the urban sketcher delights in capturing.
And beyond the technical mastery of the craft, consider this to get you in the spirit of people urban sketching: Drawing people is a great way to learn more about your community. A stranger may be reluctant to be photographed, but I’ve yet to find someone who’d shy away from being immortalized in pen and paper. Get to know your subjects. Learn their first and last names. Ask the market vendor where his fruit comes from. Or compliment—and tip—the busker for the song he played while you drew him. People are the life of a city. To draw them is to get to know the place.
About This Series:
As hobbies go, urban sketching is simple and accessible. All you need to do is grab some drawing tools and capture what’s happening in your city or neighborhood.
Once you get out and about, pen or pencil in hand, you’ll discover the many different layers and aspects of urban sketching: How can I draw people when they move around so much? Do I have to sketch every brick? What should I do with my sketches when I’m done?
Whether you are a seasoned sketcher or just starting out, The Urban Sketching Handbook lays out key strategies and examples that will come in handy each time you open your sketchbook.
Gabriel Campanario is a staff artist at The Seattle Times and the founder of UrbanSketchers.org, an online community and nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location sketching. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children. You can see his newspaper work at seattletimes.com/seattlesketcher and follow him on Twitter @seattlesketcher..
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|Cover||Softcover with rubber band|
|Dimensions||cm 12,7 x 20,3|