Online Class

Essential Techniques for Sketching the Energy of Places

$24.99$39.99

Sketch lively urban spaces pulsing with movement. Get step-by-step guidance for drawing bustling streets, impressive buildings and more.

Skill Level

Intermediate

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 James Richards
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class 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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Finding the Perfect Place
13:11
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
19:50
3. Buildings as Backdrop
20:52
4. The Entourage
20:52
5. Adding Color
22:36
6. Hitting the Streets: On Location
19:03

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

James  Richards
James Richards
As an artist, James Richards crosses many creative boundaries. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and he's a designer, an author and an Urban Sketchers correspondent. Jim's book Freehand Drawing and Discovery won a National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also teaches urban design and drawing at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as in international workshops.

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