One the past several months, I have become smitten by the concept of urban sketching. And joined the global urban sketching community.
My preferred mode of drawing: pen and ink and watercolors.
I like the concept of urban sketching because it’s inclusive not exclusive when it comes to styles of sketching.
When you are on location and finish a sketch within the time you are there immersed in your environment, you have created an urban sketch. It is just as important what you choose to leave out of your sketch (and there is no mandate to include every detail of your setting). None of this thing about redrawing your work later. Too much like homework and goodness knows, when you get home there is too much to be done already.
The urban sketchers (USk) Manifesto:
- We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation;
- Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel;
- Our drawings are a record of time and place;
- We are truthful to the scenes we witness;
- We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles;
- We support each other and draw together;
- We share our drawings online;
- We show the world, one drawing at a time.
Books I’ve read on Urban Sketching:
- The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location by Marc Taro Holmes
- Painting Nature in Watercolor: 37 Step by Step Demonstrations Using Watercolor Pencil and Paint by Cathy Johnson
- The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World by Gabriel Campoanario
- Ebook: Sketch Like an Architect Handbook by David Drazil (ebook)
- Ebook: Watercolor Pencil Workshop by Cathy Johnson
- Understanding Perspective: Easy Techniques for Mastering Perspective Drawing on Location by Stephanie Bower
- Beginning Watercolors: Tips and Techniques for learning to paint in Watercolor by Mary Aaseng
Online Courses I’ve taken on Urban Sketching
- Liz Steel’s Sketching Now Course: Watercolor, February 2018 Live with Liz
- Sketching People in Motion by Marc Taro Holmes (Craftsy)
- Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink and Watercolor by Shari Blaukopf (Craftsy)
- Sketching the Energy of Places by James Richards (Craftsy)
I also sell my current sketches of Gainesville area when at local shows. Currently I have sketches of the Great Outdoors Cafe in High Springs, The Vine: Sourdough Bakery (below), Peach Valley Restaurant, and fall sycamore trees at Possum Creek Park.