Learn how to draw from life—in an urban setting. Will Kemp shows how to draw buildings, street scenes, cafés, and people, as well as the bustling movement of cities and towns.
- Hi! I'm Will Kemp, and welcome to The Foundations of Drawing: Urban Sketching. Urban Sketching is all about documenting the world around you, just with a sketch book and a couple of pens. You don't need much experience of drawing, you just need to open your eyes to all the exciting drawing opportunities that are all around you. On this course I want to show you how simple it can be to get started with a drawing habit, so you can tell your own personal narrative of the place you live and the places you visit through your drawings.
We'll put together a framework of how to simplify buildings in perspective, starting with vertical lines and then moving onto the building blocks of tone, which will balance your composition, add depth and perspective, and create convincing light and shade. We'll progress from sketching static buildings, monuments and street furniture to capturing movement, from a single seated figure to a busy cafe scene. Breaking it down into blocks, so you can understand how to build up a complicated scene from really simple steps.
And when you step back from the city, how to then draw dramatic skylines with pen and wash. By the end of the course, you'll be finding inspiration everywhere, whether 10 minutes on a tea break in the morning or out waiting for a train, and you can see a view that captures in that real sense of the city that you're in. So join me on this Urban Sketching course, so you can discover your unique viewpoint of the town and city that you live in and how to capture it, one drawing at a time.
- Choosing your materials
- Building structure into your drawing
- Sketching architecture
- Capturing panoramic views of a city
- Drawing people in cafes
- Sketching movement
- Bringing it all together in a start-to-finish drawing