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August 9, 2018 at 7:45 am #151885
I personally love Alphonso Dunn and learned most of my inkwork from him. He does a great job of integrating art principles into his subject matter. I know he has at least a few urban sketches on his YouTube feed where he shares some of his shortcuts.
Another urban/architectural sketcher that’s very accessible to new urban sketchers is Stephanie Bowker. She doesn’t have much free info available, but she has a nice Instagram feed, a couple of Craftsy classes (free to watch on some US Holiday weekends or go on sale for around $20 USD a couple of times a year), and a book. She gives lots of individual feedback in her Craftsy classes, even importing your drawing and drawing and annotating over the top to show you where to improve. I’ve never seen her use pen — she’s a pencil and watercolor artist. She has a light touch with watercolor that I appreciate.
Liz Steele, Teoh Yi Chi, and Marc Taro Holmes all have a loose ink and watercolor style and are excellent teachers. I prefer the crisper look of Alphonso Dunn and Stephanie Bowker personally, but I’ve learned quite a lot from watching and reading those three as well.
All that said, it’s miles on the pen that make the biggest difference 🙂
Happy drawing!August 8, 2018 at 10:56 am #151759
March 23, 2018 at 8:44 am #136713
- Urban Sketching is fun, and I can tell you enjoyed creating this piece. Every urban sketcher I follow would give you this advice: keep making sketches as often as possible! Sketching is about volume, and your skills will get closer to your vision every time you draw.
- I would also encourage you to look online and find an urban sketcher who’s work you like. How have they drawn fences, or people, or bus stops, or cars? Everyone has their own sketching shorthand. Use a sketcher who inspires you to get ideas for creating your own shorthand, but not as a template.
- Thanks for sharing this piece. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
OH, yassssss! I adore my Portable Painter. My everyday set-up includes my PP with the left side used as a pen cup, the right side with water, and a sponge with a sock and t-shirt rag underneath.March 23, 2018 at 5:55 am #136693
Hi, Rod! I only use black ink in my Platinum, but Pilot makes a nearly identical desk pen which has an available converter so I can enjoy my ink collection.March 22, 2018 at 10:22 pm #136685
“When the beautiful hues and the transparency of watercolor are combined with the lionhearted qualities of pen and ink, the artistic possibilities are endless.” .~Claudia Nice
I keep that quote at my art desk to remind myself that I am happiest when creating a simple ink and wash piece. I love trying new techniques and supplies; but a good piece of paper, my Platinum Carbon Desk Pen, and a small set of watercolors will transport me to a place of peace every time!March 22, 2018 at 9:56 pm #136684
Working on it–still figuring out the new mobile after switching brands earlier this week 😉March 22, 2018 at 9:36 pm #136682
Thanks for adding this group!