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Online Class

Sketching the City in Pen, Ink & Watercolor

$19.99$39.99

Simplify any cityscape to capture the character of your favorite urban scenes. Learn how to sketch building facades, textures, windows and much more.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a supply list
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Shari Blaukopf
  • 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

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Thumbnails & Composition
19:45
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
28:53
3. Urban Texture
29:05
4. Doors & Windows
23:17
5. Details That Give Cities Life
25:10
6. Light & Shadow
22:35
7. Panoramic Cityscapes
26:30

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Shari Blaukopf
Shari Blaukopf
Shari Blaukopf is a graphic design teacher, illustrator and the co-founder of the Urban Sketchers Montreal regional blog. Shari has a BFA from Concordia University with a specialization in graphic design, but her true love has always been watercolor painting. Her watercolor paintings can be found in corporate, government and private collections in both Canada and the United States. Shari is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge watercolors, and she's taught many watercolor workshops in the United States and Europe.

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