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Travel Sketching in Mixed Media: Lesson Sneak Peek – Silhouette Shapes

August 29, 2015

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Here’s a sneak peek at the second concept in my new video class Travel Sketching in Mixed Media.

The course starts with the slightly more obvious approach of doing line drawings and tinting them with color. Then, by taking a look at the *opposite* way of thinking – building up from silhouette shapes instead of line – we can start to think about how a tonal sketch might work. To me, when they say painterly – this is what they mean. Thinking about masses of value, rather than linear contour.

In the course I go into a few ways to arrive at a study in shapes – the solid masses you can do with a brush pen, but also the accumulation of different line weights you can make with pen-hatching.

And finally, closing that section I show a sketch done with water soluble ink – in which you do a bit of both. Making a line drawing that you convert to masses by blending shapes with water. You can do this right on the spot, or come back later with the water.

I hope you’ll get a little something from each of the three ways to think about silhouettes and masses. This approach has been very useful for me on my recent trip to Asia – I’ll show you some more of that in the next few days :)

If you’re interested in joining the class to see the sketching happen, I have a special discount ($20 off the retail price!) for anyone reading this blog. Click over here to register at your Blog Reader’s Discount!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2015 1:47 PM

    An interesting approach, nice and loose.

  2. Margaret Hunt permalink
    August 31, 2015 9:07 AM

    Signed up yesterday’s for the class. Training for a November trip to Paris and France!! 😃👍

  3. Dawn permalink
    September 7, 2015 4:29 PM

    Marc’s online classes are invaluable. The Craftsy app is very well done and easy to use.

  4. November 2, 2017 8:27 AM

    Reblogged this on Sketches By Nitesh.


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