Hi everyone, Desiree here on Urban Sketching. I am one of the newbies to the group but I have been sketching and painting for more years than I am willing to admit. I am excited to be a part of the group and hope you will enjoy my input. I keep several sketchbooks and journals and I teach a monthly sketchbook/journaling class. I have a sketchbook in my purse all the time for those moments when I find myself sitting with nothing to do, I can't waste a minute!
I love to sketch while we travel, it gives me the opportunity to record my day and my thoughts. When I think about sketching urban settings I often think of people, architecture, animals and lots of activity. Scary, huh! Well it doesn't need to be. I think my students are also often nervous of sketching outside where people will see them or worse watch them! First let me reassure you that most of the people I encounter on the street know little or nothing about art. The ones that do often say to me, Wow, Oh I wish I had my art supplies, I would love to join you! They seldom stay long and you are once again left to your painting.
I love to challenge myself to draw people in airports, doctor offices and on the street etc where I like to practice drawing people. When they are sitting across from me I will quietly get my sketchbook out of my purse without them knowing. I like these opportunities to sketch different types of people because they are not moving and make an easier subject. Its all about practice, use a pencil if it helps you feel more comfortable. Capture general shapes then add details and some shading. Its not about perfection is about capturing the moment, memory or a feeling. They also become good references for paintings later.
|These following pencil sketches were captured while we were traveling in Rome. This one as we rested in the Forum, the others are in the Plaza Novona, Spanish Steps etc. I love capturing the people of the area along with the architecture.|
|My husband reading, a watercolor sketch, no prior drawing|
|Trying to capture the mood of the scene is fun, what do you think these women are discussing by looking at their body language.|
People bring life, add movement, create a focus point. Urban sketching gives you some great opportunities to capture people living life in your area or on vacation.