Book Review: Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Update May 2013: Second edition print is here!

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Here's the first compilation of Singapore sketches by the local Urban Sketchers group.

I've been sketching with the group for a while now. There's certainly a sense of satisfaction when looking at and holding the book. This is a hardcover with the sketches printed on smooth cream paper. It's slightly larger than A5 in size, quite thick at 248 pages.

It still feels a bit strange to be looking at a book without cover art. However, this is also a good example of not judging the book by it's cover.

Inside, it collects the sketches and photos that were created in 2010-2011. Even though it's a short duration of time, some of the buildings that were sketched had already been torn down. The memories now live on the pages of the book.

Over 30 artists have submitted their beautiful sketches for the book. The immense variety styles and techniques is a visual treat. There are also description for the places, stories for some sketchwalks, and interviews with a few sketchers.

It's a wonderful book. Highly recommended.

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1

2nd edition (2013)

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)
This is the 2nd edition print in 2013 and comes in two colours, white and white. In the picture above, the red's the 2nd edition and the white 1st edition. You can see that the fonts are different.

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)
The 2nd edition is uses whiter paper but the paper is slightly thinner. Blacks are darker.

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)
Some minor updates to the layout and design have been made. There are more pages in the new edition because some of the content were rearranged.

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)
Most noticeably, overall, the 1st edition have bigger pictures because most of them bleed to the edge. Also in the new edition, you see captions and credits take up more space.

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol. 1 (2nd edition)
This is the weird part. Credits for photos are located at the bottom of the picture. In this case, I shot some of the pictures, and with my name there, it seems that those drawing materials are mine, which they are not of course.

This is the flip through of the new book.

You can find the book selling at BooksActually, Basheer and probably Kinokuniya.

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