Urban Sketching | A Beginner's Guide

Samantha Nielsen, Watercolor Artist | Urban Sketcher

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8 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Urban Sketching | A Beginner's Guide

    • 2. Urban Sketching Supplies

    • 3. Warm up: Blind Contour

    • 4. Adding Color with Ease

    • 5. Composition Tips & Tricks

    • 6. Sketching and Shapes

    • 7. Class Project

    • 8. Urban sketching bloopers

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About This Class

In this class we will be going over exercises that will help you tackle your first urban sketch. Some of the supplies that will be helpful to have:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Ink pen (one that's waterproof)
  • Pencil
  • Reference photo of some architecture that inspires you!

While you can still complete the class with only pencil and paper, you will gain the most knowledge and skill if you have the supplies above. 



 Some of the supplies I am using in the class are:

  • Platinum Carbon Black Ink
  • Lamy Safari Fountain Pen (medium nib & fine nib)
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors
  • Round brushes and square wash brushes

We will begin the class by practicing a blind contour; a technique that will help you improve the way you see! Then, I will go over some composition tips & tricks for figuring out how to plan out your first sketch. I also demonstrate how to break a sketch down into shapes before you begin drawing. Lastly, I demonstrate sketching a cathedral in Prague through a time-lapse. 



This is the perfect class for you if you are new to the world of urban sketching and feel intimidated on where to get started. In the future I will bring you more specific urban sketching classes, based on understanding perspective, how to find your style, and more!