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13 Videos (2h 10m)
    • Introduction

    • Example Sketches

    • Tools & Materials

    • Framing Your Scene

    • Visualizing in Geometric Shapes

    • Sketch - Trees

    • Sketch - Windows

    • Sketch - People

    • Urban Scene #1 - Alley Stairs

    • Urban Scene #2 - Intersection

    • Incorporating Watercolor (Scene #2)

    • Urban Scene #3 - Isolated Bicycle

    • Class Project

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About This Class

Urban sketching is a unique illustration style that immediately draws attention. Its loose, playful nature brings out each individual artist's personal touch, as it demands a quick process that releases the need for perfection. It will allow you to study and observe life all around you, and challenge you to interpret it in different ways. You will gain a new appreciation for what used to be a boring intersection. 

This class will introduce the urban sketching concepts with overviews on where to simplify, where to see vanishing points to assist with dimensions, sketching movement from a glance, capturing architecture, how to look at your scene and frame it for what works well for you as an artist, and more. 

While this is a guided class, you will learn easy techniques that will allow you to confidently whip out your sketchbook and draw on location.

Note: All photo references used in this class are available in the class resources, located under Your Project tab. These can only be accessed from a desktop/laptop.



288 of 305 students recommendSee All

Very helpful!
Love your style. Thanks so much.
Very nice class. I liked that it is suppose to be a fast sketch, and not perfect- a good thing for me to learn and accept, and it really does free you up to go with it. I think this technique gives art a unique beautiful style.





Peggy Dean

The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

Hey hey! I'm Peggy. I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700).


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