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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Step by Step: Fort Worth Workshop (Part 1)

Some of you may have seen photos of our "Sketching the Energy of Place" workshops in Fort Worth on May 5, 6 and 7 on Facebook.  We'll do another post with more photos here.  In the meantime, I wanted to show a step-by-step demo of the location we sketched on all three days. Today we'll focus on the black and white line sketch, and work the the watercolor in the next post.  This is the same sequence I demonstrated on location, so if you weren't able to attend (or even if you were), enjoy!



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!
Jim

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