Urban Sketching Essentials
Instructor: Alphonso Dunn
Starts: May 6, 2019
Urban Sketching is one of the most fun, fulfilling, and adventurous artistic endeavors you will experience. You get to capture the world around you and leave your imprint with every sketch. There is no doubt drawing on location can be a bit intimidating. A typical scene can jolt us with an overwhelming amount of information with thousands of details! So, where do you start? Do you draw everything? And how do you put it all together? In this compact and beginner-friendly workshop you will learn the essentials you need to get going in this liberating art form. Topics include, starting supplies, drawing mechanics, watercolor basics, compositional elements, simplifying scenes, and tips and techniques for handling pen and ink. These and more will be covered. Join in to learn invaluable tips, tricks, and techniques that will inspire you to explore your world with confidence!
Part 1: Introduction & Basics
• Review common materials and supplies.
• Explore fundamental drawing mechanics and techniques.
• Explore useful drawing techniques that help to remove the intimidation associated with direct ink drawing and enable us to handle the medium with confidence.
• Learn simple tips on color mixing and basic color theory, and creating your own basic watercolor palette.
Part 2: Approaching the Scene
• Learn simple ways to simplify the world around you, while still capturing what you see and creatively expressing yourself.
• Breakdown scenes to simple flat shapes, as a way of reducing the busyness of scenes and making the composition of your drawings much easier.
• Explore a variety of ways to crop the scene and frame your drawing.
• Review some linear perspective basics that can be useful in urban sketching.
• Review the invaluable practice of thumbnail sketching.
Part 3: Directing the Viewer
• Utilize emphasis techniques to direct the viewer’s attention.
• Explore ways of using contrast to create visual interest.
• Learn useful tips on drawing specific subjects such as, trees, buildings, vehicles, people, etc.
Part 4: Demo & Practice
• Discussion and step-by-step walk-through of the process in creating a sketch applying what we learned.
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