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02-20-2015, 01:35 PM
Do you have book suggestions for those interested in cityscapes/urban scenes? Include books for techniques and books which display the pieces by artists known for their works on this topic.
I guess we could include video links, also.

02-20-2015, 06:57 PM
"Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art", by Carlo McCormick

"Street World" by by Roger Gastman & others looks at Urban Art around the world.

Lots of others... check this out too: http://www.lemur.asso.fr/

03-04-2015, 04:11 PM
''Paint This!''

03-04-2015, 06:58 PM
"How I Paint in a Cafe," (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338507) by Andrew Judd, WC Member (this is a thread that is in the Oil Painting Forum Hall of Fame).

03-14-2015, 09:07 PM
As usual I'm rush rush through my time online but I managed to find a halfway decent link to some of Georgia O'keefe's iconic skyscraper paintings. Not everyone knows she was heavily into cityscapes before she made a break for New Mexico and painted her even more iconic landscapes. You can really see the futurism and streamlined mentality of city dwellers in the 1920's and 30's in her work. Her buildings are like massive vertical temples or lighthouses, taking up the center of the canvas. She's always been one of my favorite master artists. I once owned her book "The New York Years" and it was a coffee-table size beast full of prints of these buildings and many other images. Sadly it didn't survive the cold humidity of the coastal CA town where I lived for a long time and during a move I'd discovered it had succumbed to mildew. :(
If you can find that book at your library, it probably won't be available to take out, but it's worth a long look. Her style is unique! http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma02/freed/okeeffe/skyscrapers.html

03-23-2015, 10:45 AM
I recently checked a book out from my library entited, "Urban Sketching and Painting." It's interesting in that it approaches cityscapes using a variety of media (pencil, ink, watercolor, oils, oil pastel...even collage). I'm less than 100% thrilled with it because the style of the art isn't what I am aiming for, and it seems a little basic, but I think it's a worthwhile book anyway. It offers quite a number of "how to" step-by-step demonstrations that seem useful, especially for a beginner, and deals with issues such as lines, color, shadows, how to construct the forms of a building, different sorts of perspective, incorporating the figure, autos and traffic, how to depict rain, and nocturnes. It offers a lot of tips on how to approach the painting of cityscapes and issues to consider. So it really covers a lot of ground.

It's disappointing that there don't seem to be many books specifically focused on painting cityscapes, but cityscapes do show up in many basic landscape painting how-to books.