Archisketcher: Drawing Buildings, Cities and Landscapes (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/8/7
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"For urban sketchers...each new city is a clean white page."
There is nothing quite like the thrill of heading out on the town, sketchbook in hand, in search of a view worth capturing. Archisketcher will help you embrace the excitement of sketching on location while overcoming common challenges. You'll see that you don't need to be an architect to draw architecture confidently. Nor do you need to understand the intricate details of perspective, design or color theory. This dynamic handbook tells you just what you need to know to create sketches that work well compositionally, provide a sense of depth and scale, and--most importantly--capture the true spirit of place.
- Richly illustrated with urban landscapes from around the world--from skyscrapers in Asia, to picturesque English villages, to Mediterranean hill towns
- Two-page spreads present various artists' interpretations of Notre Dame, the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic landmarks
- Features ten spotlights on contemporary urban sketchers who discuss the architectural styles and features in their own neighborhoods, from Montreal to Madrid
James Hobbs is a freelance journalist and artist, and a former editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine. His work has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and Hunting Art Prize, and is in the Berardo Collection, Lisbon. He is a board member of Urban Sketchers, the international blogging network, and a founding member of the London Urban Sketchers. Prints of his drawings of London scenes are currently on sale in IKEA stores worldwide. He never goes far without a sketchbook. He is the author of Sketch Your World.
There are lots of techniques, beautiful sketches and inspiration. Sketchers who find depicting architecture to be challenging should find this book accessible with all the simple drawing tips.
The book covers five areas, namely composition, the approach, perspective, color and viewpoints. It covers the what, how and where to draw. The text are accompanied by wonderful examples from prominent artists and sketchers, such as from James Richard, Nina Johansson, Shari Blaukopf, Ch'ng Kiah Kiean, Tia Boon Sim, and even the author Simone Ridyard herself, and many more. It's a delight to look at the different styles and beautiful renditions of scenes from around the world.
While there are no step-by-step instructions, the techniques explained are still easy to apply.
The book also has several spotlights on architectural styles, such as the different between columns, history of buildings and cities, roof profiles and other interesting architecture features. Also featured are selected iconic landmarks that are given a two-page spread treatment with contributions of art and text by several artists.
For those who want inspiration and techniques, this is the book to get. Highly recommended. It's a fantastic resource.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The list of contributors reads like a who’s-who of contemporary urban sketching – Shari Blaukopf, Nina Johansson, Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, Suhita Shirodkar and Liz Steel are among the more than 40 artists worldwide – but my guess is that at least half are not architects, which I found inspiring in and of itself. “You don’t need to be an architect to sketch architecture confidently,” says the author in the introduction, and a quick scan of the book would tell you that’s true.
Focusing on composition, color, viewpoint and other aspects of architectural sketching, Archisketcher expands on each aspect by showing multiple examples. Each of the book’s five main sections ends with “Sketching an Icon,” in which sketches by several artists of the same well-known structure (such as Notre Dame or the Brooklyn Bridge) are shown together. I found it fascinating to see how sketchers take on the same subject in such varied ways. In addition, each section highlights two urban sketchers showing their home towns in “My Neighborhood.” Both of these unique selections of sketches are especially inspiring and enjoyable to savor again and again.
One other unique feature of Archisketcher is the author’s particular viewpoint as an architect, which is apparent in brief but illuminating sidebars to many sketches. Ridyard might comment on the historical significance of a Moorish tower appearing in Alvarao Carnicero’s sketch, for example, or how the roofline of a city becomes its signature. As someone who has never studied architecture, even casually, I really appreciate this context and the opportunity to view a sketch the way an architect might.
Other than brief lessons on one-point and two-point perspective, the book contains no how-to instructions or basics found in most urban sketching books (such as suggested art materials or portability tips). For those reasons, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to a novice. Instead, I’d say its audience is sketchers who have a few years of sketching under their belts and are now looking for ways to step-up their architectural sketching level. Perhaps that group includes sketchers who are comfortable with most subjects, but architecture still intimidates them. I could also see experienced sketchers who are comfortable with architecture nonetheless being inspired by the wide variety of approaches shown that could get them out of a potential sketching rut. There’s something here for almost everyone – and definitely eye candy for all.