When you sketch with watercolour, do you struggle with water control, murky or flat colours and overworked washes?
Having a solid understanding of how pigment suspended in water behaves and a few specific strategies for using watercolour in a quick and spontaneous way will enable you to paint with more confidence out on location.
The more you understand the unique properties of watercolour the more you can work with it rather that fighting against it! This will liberate your sketching and you’ll find that watercolour will start performing magic on your page.
The topics in this course include:
- how to increase your control of water – whether using a tight control or working looser and taking risks
- how to decide when to layer/glaze and when to work wet-in-wet
- how to create vibrant colours with a limited palette
- how to be more confident with your use of colour
- how to apply all these techniques to sketching on location
- how to develop your own style for watercolour sketching
Build a solid foundation with all the essential skills you need to start sketching and develop the most effective techniques for sketching out on location regardless of the subject matter.
28 different demonstrations, 50 videos, over 6 hours of video art instruction, 160 pages of downloadable content.
Develop the skills to be able to sketch any building with confidence.
9 hours of video, 22 different demonstrations and over 100 pages of downloadable PDF handouts.
Create ink and wash sketches with greater focus and depth.
5 hours of video, 12 different demonstrations and over 70 pages of downloadable PDF handouts.
about the instructor
Liz is an obsessive sketcher from Sydney Australia who sketches her life and shares the experience.
She helps anyone who want to be an urban sketcher to develop the skills and the confidence to sketch anything at anytime – to tackle complex scenes out on location even when they only have a limited timeframe.
Liz worked as an architect for 20 years but now is a full-time artist, blogger and teacher. She is an Urban Sketcher correspondent, founder of Urban Sketchers Australia and a regular instructor at the annual International Urban Sketchers symposium. She also teaches face-to-face workshops locally in Australia and all around the world and recently published a book called 5 Minute Sketching Architecture.
Thank you Liz for such an excellent course â this has stretched me way beyond what I thought I could achieve! I have learnt to see shadow shapes and to manipulate colour, tone and hue, achieving the focus and effect I want, without getting hung up about the realism of the sketch. I also started working in a looser way, not being afraid to try different tools and techniques in one sketch.
I have learnt to see shadow shapes and to manipulate colour, tone and hue, achieving the focus and effect I want, without getting hung up about the realism of the sketch. I also started working in a looser way, not being afraid to try different tools and techniques in one sketch.
What a great online class Edges was! And I do not say that lightly because I am an online instructional designer by trade. Loved that you had 3 or 4 well defined objectives each week. Loved your transitions between lessons. You were always able to relate the material from the previous week to the current week.
The videos were fantastic! Your peppy demeanor made them engaging along with additional scenes of people walking in the park etc. It was like a story, not just a tutorial! The over the shoulder shots were a godsend. The handouts were wonderful summaries. (I felt like I got a free book with this class!)
You were always engaged with the the question and answer area. And finally your feedback was quite detailed. You were truly present and listening. Thank you for such a wonderful class!
As someone who is entirely self-taught, though; what I valued most of all In Foundations was the way in which you made us stop and think about what we were doing, and why â and to question and consider with each core concept. This helped me understand why some things are not working for me â and enabled me to develop and to change my technique without fear of âdoing it wrongâ. The whole class, content, teaching, flow, pace, homework prompts have been excellent, and so enjoyable.
Since taking SketchingNow Foundations I have continued to question âhowâ I am approaching my subject â and to try new techniques and approaches. Previously, I always worked in a very structured, detailed way â but now âembrace the wonkinessâ has become my strapline! To add to this, I got the confidence, together with a friend, to start up a new Urban Sketchers Group for Bristol and the South West UK, and we have our second sketch crawl this weekend! So not only did Sketching Now help me â it is also helping other sketchers in the area â which is a pretty good result all round.
Liz, I love your drawing and youâve been one of my heroes for some time. But your ability as an instructor is par excellence. I relate so much better to how architects think than those coming from a more âpureâ art background.
You actually analyze why and how to do art and your Foundations class really reflects this. Itâs amazing. You have a way of showing people much more than the lesson youâre teaching. What you are teaching are lessons that I could not learn from books, mostly because while the concepts are often presented, the rationales are not, but also because there is more to it than just âhereâs a blind contour drawing..i itâll make you gooder at artâ. You are filling in those gaps nicely.
SketchingNow Buildings completely exceeded my expectations!
The material was organized and presented in a such a beneficial, beautiful way for learning. I now have the confidence to sketch buildings in public â and in low light which we often have in Seattle. Your depth of knowledge of buildings and sketching is so impressive â and your personality shines through the demos and reviews. It was a great privilege to be part of this class.
Thank you for putting so much heart into this class! I loved it.