Skillshare Class: Line and Wash Essentials: Urban Sketching for Beginners by Watercolour Mentor.
I chose this class mainly because I was curious about how the teacher incorporates figures in his drawings. I created urban scenes before, but I never added figures considering it might be complicated. I think the proper usage of the figure proportions scared me. Taking this class, I realised that it’s not that scary, and including some human figures in a sketch tells a story and adds more energy and life to the drawing.
The course is built up gradually. It starts with some helpful exercises, which show how to plan and compose a line and add a wash to the painting. Here I learnt how to create a beautiful night sky scene, which I had never done before. In the second phase, the main idea was to train myself to recognise and reduce any subject into simple shapes. I drew along with the teacher, who explained everything he did, not skipping even the tiniest detail. The whole process was easy to follow. I had so much fun doing it that I couldn’t stop, and I created an entire project with the urban scenes from my holidays.
Plan and Compose
I planned many times but never attempted to create a night sky scene like this. I got some great tips on using and blending the colours and how to add the stars with a simple method. I had two more tries before creating this postcard for my mum.
Beautiful Houses and Lovely Foliages
I’m always on a hunt to take photos of interesting urban scenes with eye-catching houses and the foliage around them. These scenes were the practice subjects of the course. I learnt that adding some human figures into the composition is straightforward and fun. I think I will incorporate this technique in my future sketches.
My final project presents the Eastbourne railway station. I visited the city not long ago. The station with the unusual colour composition, interesting architectural details and atmosphere captured my attention. First, I needed to get the perspective and the whole composition right, so I drew the main lines (and the not-so-main lines) with a pencil. Then I followed the pencil drawing with pen and ink. I usually use my fountain pen, and I did so in this case. It turned out that I wanted to incorporate so many little details that my lines looked bold, and the whole drawing was a bit overwhelmed. So I had a second attempt to create a much lighter version with a 0.5 pen. I experimented with bold colours, as the instructor did throughout the class. I was hesitant with the sky, but finally, I just gave it a bold turquoise colour. I like both outcomes; they have their pros and cons, but they can be loved for different reasons.
Pen and Ink vs. Colour
I thought sharing some work-in-progress stages during the drawing process might be fun. Just play with the arrows to see the drawing with only pen and ink or with wash added.