with James Richards
Online Class

Essential Techniques for Sketching the Energy of Places

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Overview

Simplify city scenes to create vibrant sketches with video lessons from Urban Sketchers correspondent and pro art instructor James Richards. Start with how to select your scene and draw believable crowds with proper proportions. Next, Jim will share his urban sketching tips for breaking down large buildings into basic shapes and textures. Ready to tackle placing and drawing trees, cars and other urban features with confidence? Let Jim be your guide. Then, bring your work to life as you discover how to illuminate your sketches with watercolor washes and use opaque colors to refine the details. Jim will even help you use a step-by-step process to avoid being overwhelmed by complex city scenes.

Details

  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h56m

Included in this Class

1. Finding the Perfect Place
13m

1. Finding the Perfect Place

Meet James Richards and begin by exploring the ingredients that make a place perfect for sketching. From graphic elements to repetition and color to movement, learn to see a space with an artist's eye. Plus, learn to select a "stimulus-rich" environment, perfect for capturing energy.

2. Drawing People in the City
20m

2. Drawing People in the City

Public spaces wouldn't exist without people. Learn some basic building blocks for drawing believable people and crowds. Learn proper proportions and understand how to create a sense of depth within a crowd using your eye level line, diminishing size and overlapping. Learn a quick shorthand for capturing people on the move.

3. Buildings as Backdrop
21m

3. Buildings as Backdrop

Learn to draw large impressive buildings without getting overwhelmed by the architectural details. Follow along as Jim takes you through drawing Denver's Union Station by first breaking the building into basic shapes and then simplifying details into a visual texture.

1. Finding the Perfect Place

1. Finding the Perfect Place

2. Drawing People in the City

2. Drawing People in the City

3. Buildings as Backdrop

3. Buildings as Backdrop

4. The Entourage

4. The Entourage

5. Adding Color

5. Adding Color

6. Hitting the Streets: On Location

6. Hitting the Streets: On Location

Recommended with this class

    • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser
    • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes