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Applying Granulation in Urban Sketching

Applying Granulation in Urban Sketching

Ah, granulation. Whether you’ve cracked its code or have no idea what it is, artist Victoria Karchevskaya demonstrates that it’s quite easy to work with, and offers a tried-and-true method to consistently get granulation.There are also quite a few techniques that have been combined and used throughout this lesson, so hold on to your seatbelts!  Step 1: The Right Pigments and A Quick Sketch Being a Ukrainian artist who loves the textures produced with granulation, it’s no surprise that Victoria has a few tricks up her sleeve to produce consistent results. So to follow along, I highly recommend having paints...

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The Basics Of Watercolour Brush

The Basics Of Watercolour Brush

An important part of learning the basics of watercolour painting is understanding how to use and take care of your watercolour brushes.  What are watercolour brushes? Watercolour paint brushes are made with soft, absorbent bristles composed of animal hairs, synthetic fibers, or a blend of the two. Although watercolour brushes come in all shapes and sizes, they are designed specifically for collecting wet paint within the bristles. The larger the tip of the brush, the more paint it can hold. Traditionally, watercolour brushes are also made with shorter handles because watercolour painters tend to work closer to the surface of...

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Realistic Architecture In 5 Steps

Realistic Architecture In 5 Steps

It’s easy to assume that it would take hours to draw intricate historical architecture, because of how elaborate it is. However, if you reduce your subject down to the basic elements of light, shadow, and minimal lines, you can paint it outside in time before the light changes. Adrianna Johnston has a good method for quick architecture sketching, so let’s follow her Live Demo and see how it’s done! All you will need are some watercolors, some waterproof ink, and some good heavy paper. Step 1: Observing the Form To save time with this picture, we’re going straight to using...

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Sketching a Classic Car in 5 Steps

Sketching a Classic Car in 5 Steps

For many artists, making art is more about telling a story rather than worrying about the technical details. This is especially true for artist and instructor Ian Fennelly, whose penchant for old vehicles and cityscapes shines through in this demo. If you’d like to learn how to weave a story with your paintbrush, then you’re more than welcome to follow along! Step 1: Quick Ink Sketch Like many urban sketchers, Ian dives straight into doing an ink sketch, although he prefers using a pen with grey ink to start. But you might need to take a moment to prepare your...

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Urban Sketching Monuments in 6 Steps

Urban Sketching Monuments in 6 Steps

As a precursor to something even more “monumental”, this demo from Pedro Loureiro is a quick practice of the basics of urban sketching, coupled with a few helpful tips along the way. And as we all know, the key to greatness is to build a strong foundation! So come and follow along for some chill (but lightning-fast) practise. Step 1: Thumbnail Sketch As one of Etchr’s resident artists, Pedro is no stranger to teaching an online class and wastes no time by diving right into a quick thumbnail sketch. But before you start, you’ll need to gather your supplies: a cold...

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Guide to Urban Sketching

Guide to Urban Sketching

Urban Sketch of the main piazza in Intagna, Switzerland. By Lis Watkins. You can follow Lis on Instagram @lineandwash or find more of her work at liswatkins.com  What is Urban Sketching?  Urban sketching is an art practice that has gained popularity over recent years- and it’s easy to see why. Like painting en plein air, urban sketching involves creating art from life, on location. Unlike studio art, urban sketching is typically completed quickly and intuitively in one sitting. Urban sketching is spontaneous, and it is concerned with storytelling and capturing the essence of a place rather than accuracy.  “Art in the...

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