Urban Sketching is recognised worldwide as the practice of on-location drawing. It is creating sketch memories of the places where we live and travel—one drawing at a time. It is the perfect companion to a written journal.
Here I have used Diamine Brandy Snap ink from the 2021 Inkvent Christmas collection in a Lamy 2000 fountain pen to create a sketch of a streetscape in Maldon in Victoria, Australia. Ink Line & Wash with Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen with double broad white gold nib using Diamine Brandy Snap Ink in HOBONICHI COUSIN AVEC Journal.
What is Urban Sketching
Some say that Urban Sketching must always be created on location, or ‘en plein air’.
that doesn't mean you cannot create a rough sketch on location then move to a more sheltered position to complete it while that original image is fresh in your mind, in my opinion. Of course, the purist won't approve. But seriously, after the first few moments the purist has to work partly from memory anyway, because people within a scene ane moving, as are clouds, and thus light and shade patterns within nature.
You do begin the urban sketch at the scene. These drawings are not done by tracing from a photograph.
Urban sketching is more about capturing the imprint of humans on the landscape than nature. Cafes and public transport are great places to practice urban sketching.
Sketching is rougher, capturing an immediate impression. Drawing in generally more deliberate, planned, controlled refined and detailed.
I'm a sketcher and painter by nature.
You can turn your urban sketch into line and wash by emulsifying the soluble ink or adding watercolours over the ink or pencil line. Some urban sketchers pant with gouache or acrylic.
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