with Shari Blaukopf
Online Class

Sketching the City in Pen, Ink & Watercolor

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Overview

Build the skills for drawing cities beautifully! With Urban Sketchers blog correspondent Shari Blaukopf as your guide, you'll start with how to use thumbnails to simplify cityscapes quickly and choose a compelling composition. Kick off your urban sketch with Shari's tips for drawing any building's facade by blocking in big shapes and roughing in smaller ones before adding texture and detail in ink. Next, breathe vibrant life into your work by recreating a variety of building surfaces in watercolor. Ready to add key details to your sketches? Find out how to draw doors, windows, people, foliage, signs and more. Move on to giving your city neighborhood greater form and dimension by refining the light and shadow in your work. Plus, Shari will discuss how to sketch breathtaking urban panoramas.

Details

  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h55m

Included in this Class

1. Thumbnails & Composition
20m

1. Thumbnails & Composition

Meet your instructor, sketch artist and graphic designer Shari Blaukopf, and learn how to compose your sketches on the page. Shari shows you how to assess the scene in front of you before roughing in valuable details in the form of quick, informative thumbnails.

2. Drawing Facades
29m

2. Drawing Facades

Whether you're sketching skyscrapers or a small strip of row houses, Shari shows you the best techniques for breaking up buildings into manageable proportions and basic shapes. Learn how to subdivide your sketch before starting to add specific textures and details in ink.

3. Urban Texture
29m

3. Urban Texture

Add a vibrant splash of color to your work as you integrate watercolor into your sketches. Shari walks you through the steps needed to capture the look of a wide variety of building materials ranging from stone facades to metal awnings, and she'll help you bring greater dimension to your scene.

1. Thumbnails & Composition

1. Thumbnails & Composition

2. Drawing Facades

2. Drawing Facades

3. Urban Texture

3. Urban Texture

4. Doors & Windows

4. Doors & Windows

5. Details That Give Cities Life

5. Details That Give Cities Life

6. Light & Shadow

6. Light & Shadow

7. Panoramic Cityscapes

7. Panoramic Cityscapes

Recommended with this class

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