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Urban Sketching: Using Drawing to Become a Better Designer

When presented with a design challenge we often start by staring at our computer or checking other peoples work for inspiration. Yet, the best source for ideas is the world we inhabit.

Urban sketchers use simple portable tools and the power of direct observation to document their world, describe their experiences, capture city scenes, architecture, characters, and events in their sketchbooks. Standing on the cross-section of art, architecture, and journalism urban sketching is a great tool to becoming a keen observer. For a designer, illustrator or an architect sketching from real life can prove to be an infinite source of learning, creativity, and inspiration.

Through a series of demos and fun exercises this workshop will give you the necessary tools and techniques to develop a lifelong passion for drawing on location and telling stories using your sketches, pulling inspiration from daily experiences, combining words and illustrations to create vivid, funny and memorable snapshots of everyday life. Further, we will turn our attention to architecture using rules of perspective to draw indoors or outdoors using expressive, fluid, and confident ink lines. Finally we will bring our stories and characters to life with the help of watercolor.

Suggested Materials:

  • Pentel Water brush or similar
  • Portable watercolor kit
  • Artist Pitt Pen or similar (S)
  • Colored pencils (optional)
  • Sketchbook
  • Portable stool (optional)

Are you a student or simply can't afford the full tuition? Get in touch via [email protected] and we will be glad to help.

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Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:30pm


Portland Sketcher

Rita Sabler specializes in Reportage Illustration and Visual Storytelling often seen on street corners drawing life as it happens.