This is the finished demonstration sketch, to show you where we're headed.
And here's the scene as I photographed it on a Tuesday, late morning (meaning deserted). There were plenty of people to sketch during our weekend workshop sessions.
|My typical starting point: A frame to help me place the big shapes, and my eye-level line, about 5 feet off the ground.|
|I always add a few people first to establish the beginnings of a sense of depth, and to break the tension of the first marks on a white page.|
|Place the big shapes. Here I have the major building outlines, and the support pole for cables in the middle. I also added a car in the center.|
|Here I've added the decorative rings hanging over the center of the intersection. Another car added on the right.|
|Next, have fun adding details...windows, signs, umbrellas, lights, and more people.|
|Finally, design with darks--use darker values to pop out elements, to add visually exciting contrasts, and to tie the composition together.|
That's it for today. Next I'll add a step-by-step demonstrating the watercolor sequence. See you then!