Sneak preview of The Urban Sketching Handbook

My handbook on Architecture sketching isn’t out until Oct. 15, but here’s a look at an early copy I received from the nice folks at Quarry Books. I think it looks great!

I love how the designers have packaged the book. (A shout-out to Quarry Books’ art directors and the designers at StudioInk.)

The main six chapters offer my approach to drawing architecture as an urban sketcher — composition is key, but creativity matters too!

Pages include some of my own sketches and examples by more than 40 contributors.

Most tips I share come from “a-ha” moments I’ve experienced while sketching, like how to draw buildings when looking up from the street (top right sketch by me) or down from a window (main sketch by Murray Dewhurst.)

This spread with sketches by Luis Ruiz and Norberto Dorantes is about making straight lines with conviction.

And this one includes sketches and commentary by Kiah Kiean (top) and Florian Afflerbach (bottom). It is part of four gallery chapters dedicated to pen, pencil, watercolor and mixed media sketches.

Because I couldn’t do an urban sketching handbook just on drawing buildings, expect the next title in the series to come soon! People and Motion is scheduled for release on Nov. 15. And a third one about reportage and documentary drawing by fellow urban sketcher and Quarry Books author Veronica Lawlor is planned for Fall of 2015.