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Sketching Essentials in Graphite

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Whether you're walking through a neighborhood or wandering in nature, build foundational skills for sketching what you see more quickly and easily.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Matt Brehm
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Learn sketching basics with step-by-step lessons from Urban Sketchers instructor and blog correspondent Matt Brehm. Open up your sketchbook and get started with tips for drawing straighter lines and fluid curves. If you get overwhelmed by sketching on location, have no fear! Matt will help you reduce sketching stress by planning what to draw, what to crop out and how large your final drawing should be. With your plan in place, learn basic pencil-sighting and sight-sizing techniques for more accurate proportions and angles. Then, get comfortable drawing repetitive elements such as windows and arches. Think adding depth to your drawing has to be intimidating? Find out how to take control of value and add dimension by hatching in perspective. Matt will even guide you through drawing people, landscape elements and more to bring your sketchbooks to life.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Basic Mark Making
Meet Matt Brehm, your guide to getting started sketching. After learning how your posture and position affect your sketch, you'll warm up with some basic mark making. Learn to draw relatively straight lines and fluid curved lines. Then, use hatching to add lightness and darkness to your sketch.
2. Planning Your Sketch
3. Seeing & Measuring
4. Developing Your Sketch
5. Value
6. Entourage

Taught by

Matt Brehm
Matt Brehm
Since 2000, Matt Brehm has been a professor of architecture with a focus on freehand sketching. In 2010, he was honored with the Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given to a single professor each year at the University of Idaho. Brehm is also the author of Sketching on Location as well as a workshop instructor at five of the Urban Sketchers' international symposia.

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