As part of our PLOT JOY campaign, our Founding Principal TJ Marston shared her
Urban Sketching tips and tricks every Wednesday over the month of April. In her latest post, TJ gave her insight on how to safely sketch on location as well as some new materials she is testing..
If you can go outside safely we encourage you to step out and find a spot to sketch! I chose an iconic ice cream shop in my neighborhood called Wall’s Ice cream. It’s a great shop that has a variety of flavors that is great for the kids! I chose a place that I knew wasn’t going to have a lot of people due to quarantine.
I bought my big sketch book, as well as white wristband in order to clean my used brushes as I work. I brought my watercolor set with all my pans (check out my previous post about choosing the best colors for your palette.) I also brought a small pencil pouch, with some pencils, my white gel pen that I use sometimes for highlights, a waterbrush which holds water and has a brush at the end, an eraser, two micropens, and an extra brush.
Do a thumbnail sketch first to test the composition and to get warmed up.
Don’t worry about mistakes, draw over them!
Paint similar color areas first.
Simplify complicated background scenes.
Build in shadows after the first layer dries completely.
Add additional details later using reference photos.
Listen to site audio recordings while you sketch from home.
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