Poor Woman’s Paris 6: Ink Drawings

Poor Woman’s Paris 6: Ink Drawings

Before my trip to Quebec City, my poor woman’s Paris, I wanted to get a marginal handle on ink drawing. Many urban sketchers use their ink drawing for much more than a scaffold for watercolor. Ink drawings alone can shine with beautiful varied strokes and accents.  Exquisite drawing as done by some urban sketchers was […]

Poor Woman’s Paris 5- Pencil Scribbles

Poor Woman’s Paris 5- Pencil Scribbles

My second learning goal in urban sketching was to brush up on pencil drawing skills. I usually draw with a brush in paint, except in open studio figure drawing, where I mostly use charcoal. Holmes’ pencil scribbles begin with perspective lines, a kind of contour drawing of buildings. He then adds detail into the perspective contours.  […]

The Lap Desk

The Lap Desk

The lap desk is a great idea for any type of watercolor painting.  It can be used anywhere you can find a place to sit, It keeps your water and brushes right at hand without bending or stretching, and also provides a surface for larger watercolor sheets with minimal weight. As ever, Holmes’ Urban Sketcher was […]

Poor Woman’s Paris 3- Urban Sketcher Equipment

Poor Woman’s Paris 3- Urban Sketcher Equipment

My first learning goal was to assemble urban sketcher equipment and materials.  I scoured the internet for tips from watercolorists, looked into books languishing on my bookshelf, and visited websites of art suppliers. There are innumerable choices of brushes, papers, water containers, travel watercolor palettes, mechanical pencils and permanent ink pens, not to mention bags […]

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