Marker Textures in Urban Sketching: Techniques for Roofs & Brick Walls | Julia Henze | Skillshare

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Marker Textures in Urban Sketching: Techniques for Roofs & Brick Walls

teacher avatar Julia Henze, Artist | Teacher | Urban Sketching Lover

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 3.

      Sketching a Roof Texture


    • 4.

      Sketching a Brick Wall Texture


    • 5.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Do you love alcohol-based markers and urban textures as much as I do? Then you will love this class! We will focus on one of the unique aspects of urban sketching with markers: creating beautiful and engaging textures for roofs and brick walls. I will take you step by step through the creation of both textures and show you how to make them bright and stunning. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced sketcher, this class will provide valuable insights and techniques that will help you take your drawing skills to the next level.

For this class you will need:

  • alcohol-based markers 
  • waterproof fineliners (0.3 mm and 1 mm or similar)
  • a white pencil
  • a 2B graphite pencil
  • an eraser marker paper

I look forward to seeing your beautiful sketches in the Project Gallery! ♥

If you have any questions or need help with your sketches, please don't hesitate to contact me on the Discussions page. Of course, I also appreciate all your suggestions and feedback.

Enjoy the class!


MATERIALS USED IN THIS CLASS OR RECOMMENDED (for more information, download the PDF):


Copic Sketch (12 colors set)

Copic Ciao Starter Set (24 colors set)


W&N Promarker (different colors)

W&N Promarker Architectural Set


CANSON The Wall Marker Paper


Uni Posca White Paint Marker

Edding White Marker



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Julia Henze

Artist | Teacher | Urban Sketching Lover

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Hello, creatives! My name is Julia Henze. I'm a freelance illustrator and urban sketcher living and working in a village with a name that nobody can pronounce, Bergschenhoek, in The Netherlands.

I love to share my passion for drawing and urban sketching with you, and show you how to make the drawing process easier and more fun. All my Skillshare classes are very easy to follow and perfect for beginning artists. But also advanced students can find interesting tips and tricks.

Visit my Instagram for inspiration and drawing tutorials. Tag me (@julia_henze) when you post a sketch made with one of my classes and use a hashtag #JuliaHenze_Skillshare. I'll be very happy to see your artworks!

And find speed-drawing demonstration videos on my YouTube channe... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Julie Hans, an artist and urban sketcher based in the Netherlands. I'm the founder of Break Brushes Stadium, a membership for amateur artists in urban sketches. I also have a blog for Urban Sketchers and a Youtube channel with weekly videos. My membership, my Youtube videos, and my blog all serve the same goal. To help amateur artist be happy. I want to help you make room for art in your life and develop a consistent practice routine so you can grow and thrive. I want to help you connect with minded people and equip you with tools to develop your unique style. Thank you for stopping by to watch my tutorial. Let me tell you a few words about it. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create beautiful textures with alcohol based markers. In the first part, I will show you how to draw a tile truth. In the second part, you will learn how to draw a brick wall. 2. Materials: Be using Copic markers. Here are the colors I'll be using. You will also need fine liners. I'll be using Winson Newton waterproof fine liners, sizes 0.3 millimeter and 1 millimeter. Any other brand is Crito? Just make sure they are waterproof. As for paper, any marker paper will work. Oh yeah. We will also need a graphite pencil and an eraser. All right. Well set, let's sketching. 3. Sketching a Roof Texture: I started by drawing the outline of the roof octangle with a pencil. Not too big. Something like this. Add a chimney to it, somewhere here. And a few bricks on the chimney. Okay, now I take my fine liner, 0.3 millimeter, and start to draw the ridge tiles like this. A short rounded part, then a longer part, and then a short one. And then I draw some vertical lines not too close to each other, something like this. This is good. Okay, now I can start drawing the tiles. And the idea is that we create a wave and we do it like this. I draw, oh, circles on the same level each time, skipping a section like this. I start here and then go here, here, and the last one on this level. And then I go to the next level and do exactly the same and the next level. And here we go, a little bit faster now. And the last one will be here. And you can draw them closer to each other if you want to. Now I draw the lower half circles connecting their ends to the upper half circles like this, we create a wave. I fill the whole of surface. At the bottom here. I take my thick of fine liner and just draw a wave like this. Because it's in the shadow, it's a little bit quicker than a normal wave will be like this. And add a little bit more shadow to this side. I assume that the light sources here, and this part will be in the shadow. More in the shadow, Okay. And now I want to throw my chimney with a fine liner like this. Also here we have a wave. Keep in mind that it should have pretty much the same shape as the wave below. I draw the bricks like this. Now we can add more shadow with a thicker in it's 1 millimeter. And I do it here, maybe also here, definitely here from the chimney. And also under the hang on parts of the chimney, something like this. I think that's beautiful, but I also want to add some color to it. I do it with my markers. Let me show you how to do this. We decided that the light source is in the top left corner. The shadow will be on the opposite side with the lightest of two markers. I color the part with lower half circus and a half part with the upper half circus. Like this. I color this part entirely and the half of this part, and I do the same on the second one. You can also see that I leave this stroke white. This part will also be in the shadow. It will be like this. Now I had the darker shadow. I can also add some color to the parts, the ridge tiles and a little bit to the chimney. Okay, Like this. Now I had a darker color, somewhere in the middle to emphasize at the shadow. If you draw with markers, you also can blend a little bit, but it's not necessary. I also love this sketchy look just with lines. We also need to add some shadow to the chimney parts. And also here some darker shadows like this. Okay. And you were our beautiful roof tech. Sure. Is done. 4. Sketching a Brick Wall Texture: Okay, now let's draw a brick wall. And we, again, we'll start with a pencil. I draw a frame like this and a few lines for the rolls. They cut this. And then I draw the bricks in the middle of the brick. Pretty much in the middle. Maybe we need one here or a little bit closer to the edge like this. This one will be on the same level. Of course, they are all on the same level. Here will also have a few lines. Okay, this is what we need to draw with a pencil. Now we can use the pine liner and the bricks. And the bricks, we will draw them like this, not very straight. We need some space between them, maybe a little bit more. They shouldn't be exactly the same. If you look at the bricks on the real walls, you will notice that they are all a little bit different. The shape is different, the color is different. So with all them, like this. Okay, so now we have our bricks refined with a fine liner and we can erase the pencil lines. Okay? And be sure that your fine liner is already dried so that you don't smarg the lines of the fine liner. Okay, the next step is coloring the bricks. For that, we will use different colors of red and orange. If you don't have a lot of colors, just use one light red or orange color and one darker color. For example, if you use a color like this, this will be the light orange. And this could be the darker version for the shadows. Okay, we also need a gray, dark grey color. Or at least this is not exactly a gray color. It's more like grayish purple. And we will need a white pencil, a white marker if we want to. But pencil works a little bit better. Okay, let's start, for example here with a light color, with a light orange like this. And I color it with a chisel, nip, with a thicker nip. We need to spread the colors a little bit. And let's draw the light bricks first. This orange, the lightest orange I have here. And let's this one light like this. And we also can leave some white space on this side because the same as with the roof. We will assume that the light comes from this side. On this side, the highlight on that side, we will have shadows. The most important thing for now is that if we want to leave white space, it will be like this here. Okay, let me see the next color. Let's try this one, for example, and color this brick. And let's color this one too. And this one, and maybe this one. Well, let's do this one too, okay? The next color will be red for poor. And let's do this one with red and this one, and this one. Now I want to use my darkest orange and color this, it's almost brown. And this brick, and this one, let me see. What color can we use here? Or maybe the same color actually. Why not? Okay. And for the parts, we can use the lightest color. The lightest oranges. This one. This one, I use a brush nip. It's easier to draw such a small stroke here. I will also use my darkest orange also with the brush nip. And if you don't have a brush nib, you probably have a bullet nip and you can use it to Okay, now we need to add shadows to the bricks and how we add shadows. So as I said before, the highlights, the lightest parts of the brick are on the left side and on the top. And the shadows will be at the bottom of each brick and also on the right side. Okay. So let me show you. It will be like this. For example, For colors, for the orange colors, Brown color as the shadow color. I use bus nip to create the shadow just like this. I also can refine the edge a little bit. Okay, Here, here, a little bit. Here, not too much. We still can see the other color. Also here, I don't use this color for this orange because it's too dark. Instead, I use my darker orange for the shadow, that the difference between the light and shadow wouldn't be that big for the red bricks. For the shadow on the red bricks, I use a dark, dark red color like this. Here we have the last one. Okay, actually we have our bricks with a highlight, with a shadow. And now we need to add some shadow color. There are gray between the bricks because the bricks stick out a little bit and we'll always have some shadow on the wall. Objects that stick out like this. And I don't try to color everything, leave some space here and there, and we get a very playful and nice picture. And we can press a little bit harder here and there to make it darker, to make the shadow darker and more impressive, To create more depth in the picture here and there, we can draw over the brown color. That's okay. It's even better actually, like this. Okay. So now what I want to add to this picture is some, some oddities. And I do it like this. I just put my marker, the brush, sip on the paper and I create some dots and press sometimes harder and sometimes less hard. This textures. And that makes our bricks a little bit more interesting actually. Okay, and now we can add a highlight to them, like this actually, to each of them. And add a shadow on the other side. A little bit more shadow with the darkest smarker. Okay? And let's add some more shadow here and there, like this, okay? And to make this highlights even more beautiful, we can add some white pencil so they don't look that straight. And we can add just a little bit more color to all of them here, for example, make them more sketchy by adding different colors. 5. Final Thoughts: Thank you for watching my tutorials. Now we have two more textures in your urban sketching tool kit. Using a variety of textures is a great way to make your sketches more realistic and lightly. I personally love textures. I think they are the best part of sketching. I would love to see what you come up with and also to stay in touch with you after the sketching or treat. Share your sketches on Instagram. Tag me, add Julia, underscore Hansen and a break brushes. I'll be delighted to see your sketches and to feature them in my Instagram stories. If you're interested in learning more about textures, I've got a great course in brick brushes studio. You can learn how to draw stone, brick, glass, wood, and pavement textures with fine liners. And also how to paint brick textures with watercolors. If you're interested in markers, I've covered that too. You can find more marker resources in the PDF workbook. You can download it using the link below. It includes links to my blog post, Youtube videos, step by step, market tutorials and much more. That's all from me today, but I hope to see you again at the sketching.