Urban Sketching: Learn fast inking & combat mental blocks! Speedy sketch Challenge.

Ed J Brown, Illustrator, Typographer

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10 Videos (1h 3m)
    • Introduction

    • Project Outline

    • Tutorial 1: Sketching Basics and Ideas

    • Tutorial 2: Nature - Trees, Water, Plants etc...

    • Tutorial 3: People - Hair, Clothes, Breasts, Bums and Penis'

    • Tutorial 4: A few common things and some final thoughts.

    • Pre Challenge Talk: Important!

    • Challenge 1: 15 Minutes of Still Life.

    • Challenge 2: 10 Minutes Street Scene

    • Challenge 3: 5 Minutes Party People


About This Class

Hi, my name is Ed! 


I'm a professional illustrator and creator of this class on editorial illustration

What will I learn in this course?
I'd like you to learn two things all wrapped up in one exercise.



1) Is to teach you the way I like to sketch on location and to do so at speed! 

Often when sketching there is very little time to get detail down, be it because the subject is moving or because you are keeping your friends waiting! Either way it is important to master the art of fast drawing.

 One of the most important skills in getting good at this is learning to not care or be precious about your work. This is why I use brush and ink and why I advise my students to also. It's exceptionally hard to achieve a high level of detail in a short amount of time with this medium.

You'll get better at drawing and hopefully discover a new way of working that will aid you in your every day practise. 

2) To help you out of a creative mental block (if and when they arise!)

Working quickly and under pressure in this way is a great stress reliever. It doesn't really matter what the outcome is and it really helps to open the mind and get those creative juices flowing. If ever I find myself stuck on a project, or lacking inspiration, the first thing I turn to is this method of fast sketching.

Who is this class for?
This class is for anyone really, though professionals may get less use out of it, like me, they may enjoy seeing how other people work! However I think this course is particularly useful to those people just getting into drawing, sketching and illustration, or maybe people looking to expand their skills and cross over from another discipline.

So, as before, take my hand and lets have a big old learn shall we?



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Super-enjoyed this! Timing yourself is a great way to loosen up :)
Becky Dore


Loved it, it's like being back to art school, great reminder of the best techniques to learn how to draw and to develop your own style. Thanks!
Ed shows a great way to let go of fear and start drawing real life scenes! I loved it and leave this class less intimidated to draw and sketch, thank you!





Ed J Brown

Illustrator, Typographer

“I really like Ed J Brown's work,
stretching, as it does, from the
vernacular of Barnum and Bailey
& Billy the Kid to the landscapes
of the Steppes via the urban stomp
of Berlin.

Let him loose on your projects
and rejoice in the wild colour
and wicked line.”

-Martin Colyer, Readers Digest

Ed is a UK illustrator based in Leipzig, Germany. He's worked with lots of people - check his website and see.