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13 Videos (2h 10m)
    • Introduction

      1:56
    • Example Sketches

      2:21
    • Tools & Materials

      3:10
    • Framing Your Scene

      0:44
    • Visualizing in Geometric Shapes

      3:09
    • Sketch - Trees

      4:02
    • Sketch - Windows

      4:15
    • Sketch - People

      15:58
    • Urban Scene #1 - Alley Stairs

      31:08
    • Urban Scene #2 - Intersection

      30:48
    • Incorporating Watercolor (Scene #2)

      18:39
    • Urban Scene #3 - Isolated Bicycle

      11:58
    • Class Project

      1:38
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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.

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I have been wanting to try urban sketching but have been too afraid to try. But now I am ready to give it a go thanks to Peggy!
First class on Skillshare that I've taken - really enjoyed it! Taught me lots of good information about 'vanishing lines' and perspectives - easy to follow and good information.
I hope you will do more urban sketching classes in the future because it is the best !!!!! Absolutely love your class , the way you explain things and you go step by step showing us how to do things:) just love it!

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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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