Draw a Beautiful Facade| Easy Urban Sketching | Watercolor | Maria Giulia Escard | Skillshare

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Draw a Beautiful Facade| Easy Urban Sketching | Watercolor

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8 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Drawing with a Pencil 1

    • 4. Drawing with a Pencil 2

    • 5. Completing & Detailing

    • 6. Walls Windows Balconies Traffic Light

    • 7. Shadows, Sky & Trees

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Are you an Urban Sketching passionate? Or just started approaching this art? Are you a Watercolor lover? Urban Sketching is for you. Beginners? Intermediate? This class is suited for any level, with simple forms and almost no perspective


I love drawing and painting buildings. Whenever I walk I always raise my eyes and focus on details, that make me guess which lives are happening inside. I watch doors, balconies, shops, windows.... 

In this class I will show how to sketch, draw and paint a corner of Turin, my town, with a typical arcade, and a a balcony. It's a photo I took on a whim, one sunny afternoon. Light and shadow are the main characters in this photo and in this painting

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Maria Giulia Escard

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Hi, my name is Maria Giulia, I am based in Italy. I’ve been a creative since a child. Loved working with paper, knitting, drawing, upholstering, embroidery... I lived in different countries trying to catch the beauty of each of them, but the most enriching experience was my 8 years stay in India, in New Delhi. There I've discovered what is a constant practice of art, with an ongoing internship in ceramics and pottery in a wonderful studio, with an engaging teacher.

From there, I discovered painting.

Watercolor is magic. It has its own soul and behavior, a master of resilience and adjustment. Accidents and mistakes become the chance for new discoveries.

It has become a meditative daily practice. I mostly post on my Instagram profile... Check it out if ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is Maria Giulia Escard , I am an Italian art, my medium is watercolor. I sometimes like to sketch ion the spot though with whatever I have in my bag. Sometimes I take a picture and sketch it at home. The style I like is urban sketching. Meaning for me that I paint buildings or group of buildings giving some personal touches. That could mean adding details or omitting details to make the viewer feel what they feel about it. It's a way to give my personal feeling to the painting and to the viewers. In this class I want to teach you how to paint a beautiful building, which is typical in my town. The painting is this one. We are going to decompose that picture into simple geometrical forms. And from there we can add details, colors and whatever we can feel, we can change the colors of the picture if we don't like the wall the way it is. So, if you like my painting, please come and paint along. I will be very happy to see you in my next class. 2. Materials : Hi, In this class we are going through the materials that are needed for this project. First of all, of course, paper, I use a watercolor paper that they buy in loose sheets in a finite shop. So they come in big sheets that I kept permanent use. So at the size that I decide the colors I used, white knights, they are quite complete palate of 24 colors. They come in tubes such as D'Souza. And I then squeeze them into my palette. My palette includes these 24 colors that are squeezed here. And these are small ponds are four colors that were not included, but that I felt the need of. The colors I used mostly for this project are here. I'm showing the tubes. So we have green, which is used for the 3s. I graded with the lighter green. That is This one in my palette, but you can grade it with the yellow if you don't have these two greens, then I used ultramarine blue for the sky and for the windows. The grading with some black, which is also used for the grays that are the arcade and the upper part of the window. For the walls. The kings of the project are English red and yellow ocher. Again, if you don't have this color, can choose any color to your liking because I insist that this is a sketching project and you can give your personal touch to the painting. Then. I use some amber tone, which is a neutral tone for shadows. And these collar which is looking like black, but it's called Payne's gray. And it's a very beautiful bluish gray. If you don't have it, again, no problem. You can use any gray. And if you like this bluish tone, you can mix it with some blue. Then of course, the pencil, pencil for sketching, for the first sketch to brushes. I have a very big one, which is 14, Da Vinci, but it is still pointy. And of course a fine one for details. And two jugs of water. One is the clear water, and one is for the dirty water. Who clean the brush in-between colors? A paper towel or a cloth or whatever to dry the brush after water it. And fine liner. I use this brand which is Winsor and Newton fine liner. This is 0.1 or 0.3. Still, they will give you the fine line. If you prefer. Bigger, bolder line, you go for bigger nibs that you can have any other brand. The only care is that they are water resistant. With the water resistant ink, it's normally marked on the labels. Here is the list of the materials. I see you in the next class. Bye. 3. Drawing with a Pencil 1: I have found the center of the page. So right now I'm going to start with the arch. I am placing any round shape you have available. It's okay if you can just measure by eye, if it is not too big for the circle you want to trace and you go on, trace it. Okay. This is the top of our arch. Now by free-hand, we can trace the inner part of it, which is going to be here. And here. Of course it is good to be precise, but doesn't matter because these are just pencil traces. So here I'm going to trace these rectangles that are sort of Capital. Pay attention. They need to be more or less the same size. From there we can go down, we can use a ruler or any problem just to be sure to trace straight lines. Or we can also go by free-hand. It will be more SRA, any way we can still correct it. Then we can trace the rectangle in about the same size of the arch. So we can go straight from here and here, the balcony, we leave something which is approximately the same, the size of the, of the arch. So we can start by here, trace the rectangle. From here, we place the windows. So another rectangle that will be crossing each, it's quite wide. I can suggest to take DES size is like this. And like this. It's why, Because here, upper there is going to be another semicircle which is of course smaller than these four. We can do something like this. We have this division here. I don't know the name of this kind of architectural decoration in Italian we call it met the luna means half-moon. Oh, here we have columns. Fake columns. Okay, with again, small fake capitals. And the window is inside. This is the frame of the window. Then we can go We go down because the balcony is not completely close the, so there are some small columns that we're going to trace. So the hint of the glasses, we still have to give it. Here we have these pillars. Here we have lower part, which is the balcony. So these look like columns. And we trace here attend same in the lower part. I am just gonna trace these little basis for them. And here. And here. Here we have for them, we trace some decoration in here. So we have to focus on the inner part of this small arch, which is corresponding to the columns. And here we can trace this symbol of the family that was living here. We have to give some little perspective. So DES part will be more rounded then this, oh, okay, something like this because our observation point is here. So here we can trace, I will trace some horns, maybe one decide one or the other side. They can be anything they are normally see the symbol for the family, aristocratic family who was the owner or original owner of the building. So we have still two. Put some decoration here on the top of the column. It looks nicer if they're here. And also here. And down here there's some nice supports up to this one is almost in front of us so we can't give too much of a perspective. Coming from here. We start getting more and more. And this arch is also decorated with one source top ribbon that comes forward. Another one here is we can trace some grooves. So to give also the feeling of the roundness in these 31. Then here these rectangles are going to be a bit prominent. We can trace. It, doesn't matter if it covers the column. We will correct this later on with the pen. These are the shades for the windows. We can put another rebound that holds. This is completely optional, but I think it's more appropriate for the kind of building we are. We are knowing. We can start with the perspective. So we can come from here, the top of the arch and going down here, down here. And here, this is sort of column that we tracing. And these parties backwards compared to the window to the arch. Here. Then the perspective is also coming here, where we have a little bit of squarish hints here to here. And here. Very little because we are almost in front of it, but still the column will be squarish. And here also very small, little bigger, bigger, and very big. Then we can also put this same perspective here. We put it here. And we can down to give the feeling of the deepness of this car. Kate. 4. Drawing with a Pencil 2: There is this big curtain, which is very typical of these arcades, provides a lot of shadows during the sum inside the reserve cafe. So we have the for this cafe, which is called the causes. The cafe to F 13 is weak. It's the town. You can give any shape to this. We trace the edge of the building here. Something that I really nice about this photo. The traffic light. So the hate of it is about the same as this line. So we can trace up outside three rounds. Three circles will give them the shape. And also this side, there will be a traffic light for people coming from this side. It's the road. So we draw them same height, pillar. And the shadow does traffic light casts on the wall. It will be, of course, shorter as it is. The sun is coming from art. And we will see just these form like this, this shape. So basically a rectangle with an elongated. And the last thing we have to draw the lights that we see inside. So this, there is a line of arcade that goes this side, so this side of the building and another one that comes here inside will see all the lights. There are paths that are passing through the arcades of this side. So we draw a sort of triangle. This will be the corner of the triangle. Hence, it's coming like this and like this. Here we trace all the arches. This first one is very short, then a bit longer, bit longer. And a bit longer. And the last one, not this one is too close. Okay. You can do as many as you like. And so from here we go. These are the lights that are coming. All this part will be black. Here we continue the stripes. Many embellishment can be in the next class with the pen. What we still have to trace our horizontal lines that give us the texture of this phosphate. Here we have a number line here and the double line here is it follows the line of the balcony. And again, down here, the interesting part is that we have this hint of sort of bricks surrounding the arch. So we have to trace, of course, we have to start from here and trace the same number. So 123123. And now we go with our lines. They will accompany we're rounding obliques. And here again, I think we are done. 5. Completing & Detailing: Now with our fine liner, we go on all the fancy lines and find all the details that are still missing and that we want to add. I'm speeding up the video so that you can go at your own face. And I'll see you later. At this point, we can erase all the pencil lines and see what we have missed, which became so we still need to complete our thinking. So I today. 6. Walls Windows Balconies Traffic Light: So I have created this yellow ocher here mixed with water and here is the red ochre. They will nicely on the paper, but I want to leave some parts white. So we know paint. This part. I am indicating with the pencil, this one and this one. Inside the arch. Lower parts of the earth. These parts will be hit by the light and will be left white. So we start with the yellow painting and dabbing it on the wall. A lot of water. And the arch, the balconies. And these are going to be painted engraved clean. Now we'll distribute some splashes or yellow. Look at now we can start with the red. Now. We are going to clean the brush with water and then dragging it. Take clear water. And we can start with gray. Good. In the last years of the window. Out of the window. Now we have to paint these parts is coating. So for this part we're going to use dark gray or a blank, leaving these parts white because here is where the light comes through the other arcades that are on this side of the building. And we are going to go around them. Now. I'm taking the small brush, really small as I have already prepared some ground. So we have indicated with roundish tray, we can finish 10 here. I'm just painting a red traffic light. We live the blame for step. So I see you. 7. Shadows, Sky & Trees: Hi, I'm proceeding to trade the shadows where they are needed. The arcade of the window, the color of the window, the balcony, which has the more complicated shadow of the painting. The decoration between the balcony and arcade. And the right side of the arcane part of the arcade, which being the shadow on the inner part of the small arcade, on the window. The lower part of the balcony. For now, I'm speeding up there with the black paint. The black color, you can see all the shadows that we have traced before. Okay. Okay. Last 30 is the sky in the trees that are here. So we are just giving, giving hint of them is a sketch so we don't need to draw perfectly in the training, but more or less from this height, we will paint green and blue for the sky. I'm using a light blue, so it will give the tone of the summary sky. They want to accentuate more. Per your choice. Down here, I'm thinking the trees. Darker tone. Welcome. 8. Final Thoughts: Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed our project. At this point, you should have learned how to sketch a building. Choosing the details you want to highlight, and even omitting some of them that are not so interesting for you. You should have learned how to mix colors on the paper and how to choose the colors. I really hope you satisfied with your project and I strongly encourage you to post it in the project section, my class so that I can see them and comment if you like. Thank you very much for participating in his class. Bye.