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The World of Urban Sketching

Celebrating the Global Revolution of Drawing on Location - New Inspirations, Approaches, and Techniques for Seeing the World One Drawing at a Time

Stephanie Bower


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A visual feast of more than 600 images, this comprehensive compendium presents the latest developments and innovations in the creative and rewarding pursuit of on-location drawing and painting.

Urban Sketchers (, a community of artists founded in 2007 by Seattle journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario, promotes the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of on-location drawing and painting. This movement brings together an international group of people who see—and show—the world one drawing or painting at a time. The goal is simple: sketch what you see, in- or outdoors, and share it, either in person or online. You don’t need to be an artist, expert, or someone who draws all the time to participate.

The remarkable work and inspiring words of this vibrant community were first documented in The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario, which remains influential among artists who are inspired to draw and paint the places where they live and visit. This book, The World of Urban Sketching, written by noted artist and Urban Sketcher correspondent Stephanie Bower, presents a spectacular, all-new collection from an impressive international roster of artists and illustrators.
  • New Artwork. Meet and discover the stunning and informative work of both established and emerging urban sketchers.
  • New Techniques. Consider new creative options in color and linework, including digital approaches, through step-by-step demonstrations.
  • New Stories. Get invaluable insights into creating artwork on location through artists’ first-hand accounts, observations, and tips.
Expand your urban sketching skills and find new inspiration as you document your travels, or your own city, town, or backyard, through on-location drawing and painting.

Quarry Books, 9780760374573, 240pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2022

About the Author

Stephanie Bower worked as a licensed Architect in New York City before gravitating to professional architectural illustration and concept design. She taught the how-to’s of architectural location sketching for over twenty-five years in New York City at Parsons and in Seattle at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. She has two online sketching classes at, and she travels and teaches perspective and watercolor workshops internationally, including at six Urban Sketchers symposiums. People around the world follow her sketches online via Instagram @stephanieabower and Facebook, and she is an international blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers. Stephanie is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. She is the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective (2016) and The Urban Sketching Handbook: 101 Sketching Tips (2019), and co-author of The Urban Sketching Art Pack (2017) and The Complete Urban Sketching Companion (2020), all published by Quarry Books. Visit her website, blog, and Instagram account @stephaniebower. She lives in Seattle, Washington.