Monday, 19 September 2016

Sketching Now: Buildings Class homework

Hi everyone, 

Thanks so much for all the lovely and caring comments 
left on last Sunday's blog post. 
My back pain is finally starting to ease a little, thank goodness!

No creative lettering to show you this week as
I have been busy with a different online class over the past week, 
namely Liz Steel's Sketching Now Buildings course. 
I took this course to learn simple techniques that will help me 
on location when sketching buildings etc.

You can watch a video covering the course details HERE.

Below is some of my homework from the course so far.
These were all done from photo reference.
Each week, there are two homework lessons,
one that is indoors,
and one that is outdoors.
I've yet to catch up on the outdoors one.

As wonky as the results can be, 
I have so much fun with contour sketching. 
It's where you take a single line for a walk  
without lifting the pen from the paper.
It helps you to get a feel for the structure/object.

Sketching only negative shapes - in this case, the sky - with a brush and watercolour

Sketching the positive shapes with brush and watercolour

The previous exercises gave me a better feel for the structure. 
Here, I laid down the foundation lines only with a watercolour pencil
then followed up with ink. 

Then a splash of watercolour to bring it altogether. 

I am loving Liz's class!

I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches this week
To see sketches from other members, click HERE.


  1. I think blogger ate my comment, so sorry if you get this twice :)

    Its nice seeing the drawings as they progress and I really like the wonky one :)

  2. Your final drawings are SO GOOD!!! Those little touches of color are perfect. And the shadows are just right.

  3. Oh wow! Looks like you are pen and brush deep into another fun class--LOL! Love these!!
    Got your letter and just started one back. :)

  4. Truly gorgeous work..all are so beautifully done and wonderfully to see your creative journey.
    Happy Sunday Sketches
    Victoria #13

  5. Nice work, you are learning a lot!

  6. Glad to know that your back pain is easing. I love these sketches. Looks like your course is wonderful

  7. I'm using Chrome and everything is centered on your blog.

    However you draw or sketch or paint, it always turns out great!

    Have a good week!

  8. WOW! It's fascinating to see all the different variations on this structure and how they evolve in shape and form. What a fun class! Beautiful illustrations each with their own magic! :)

  9. This was interesting to see it as i followed along and so beautiful at the end. Nice sketching.

  10. You really find some great classes to take. I had never thought about painting the negative space to bring out the object. That's a really cool process! I enjoyed seeing all the ways to draw one building.

  11. I really enjoyed seeing the transformation! Absolutely fabulous! I've not heard of this lady. Just might have to check her out. Have a lovely week! :)

  12. Serena ~ each one is wonderful ~ looks like a great class ~ Glad your back is better ~ mine is getting there ~ Sending 'distant reiki healing hugs' for your back to heal ~ xox

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

  13. Those are some lovely explorations of the elements of art. Blessings!

  14. I enjoyed seeing the progression of your building, and not lifting the pen as you draw sounds like a good challenge. I checked out Liz Steel's course. I might have to take it. Thanks for sharing.

  15. you created the first sketch without lifting the pen. I´m impressed. :)
    Loved and learned a lot to see your progress. Thanks for sharing it. So much to learn.


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