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Announcing: Stephanie Bower’s online course: Perspective for Sketchers

October 12, 2015

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I’m excited to help spread the word: fellow USK workshop instructor and correspondent Stephanie Bower has just released an online course entitled Perspective for Sketchers in partnership with

I signed up for the course myself on day one (edit: full disclosure – as a Craftsy instructor myself, I get all the courses for free) – and have found it an excellent drawing tutorial. Perfect for anyone who wants to work on location in an urban setting, or accurately capture an inspiring interior.

I’ve watched first hand, as we sketched side by side in Venice, amazed at how Stephanie’s impeccable technical skills and elegant artistic sensibility allow her to capture a location full of sunlight and intricate detail.

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Her seven part program starts from basic principles of sight measuring – how to see angles and correctly measure relative proportions – and takes you all the way through one and two point perspective drawing.

The concepts do get progressively more complex, but each lesson builds cleverly on the one before – the instruction is clearly demonstrated with multiple examples. Students benefit from Stephanie’s years of experience teaching these skills to architects and artists, as well as her own award winning architectural illustration practice.

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In the later lessons, after all the perspective drawing theory, there’s a section on watercolor – with a focus on seeing the light and dark sides of architectural forms. It’s a great primer on making your paintings look three dimensional.

Finally, you follow Stephanie out into the city, where she does a few more examples on location – reviewing the drawing process from first measuring to finished drawing, to completing the painted piece in watercolor.

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I hope you’ll check out her excellent online workshop, and stop by her blog and facebook for frequent updates about her own sketching adventures.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. nanangrusmana permalink
    October 12, 2015 9:33 PM

    amazing……i like that…:)

  2. Toni cummins permalink
    October 12, 2015 9:44 PM

    Hi marc, yes we are booking for stephanies class! Loved yours and often refer to them.. Another ?

  3. October 12, 2015 11:00 PM

    Ok, I will try this class too. I like that Craftsy has a money-back satisfaction guarantee. This sounds though like it goes against what I learned in your Travel Sketching class on Craftsy! Does it??

    • October 13, 2015 4:50 PM

      Well, yes I would say it is a different approach. Less spontaneous sure. But good if you want more accuracy or “realism”. I don’t push these techniques in my class – but we all work toward our strengths. Stephanie loves this approach and is much better at teaching it :)

  4. Deborah Lyn Stanley permalink
    October 13, 2015 5:05 PM

    Thank you much Marc!  I’m on it:)  deborah

  5. Pat Cameron permalink
    October 14, 2015 1:43 AM

    Just signed up for Stephanie’s class. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Mary Shaw permalink
    October 17, 2015 1:45 PM

    Thanks so much, Marc! I just finished Stephanie’s course and it is a wonderful compliment to your Craftsy courses. I love the Yin and Yang of your two different approaches. Very inspiring!

    • October 17, 2015 4:37 PM

      Just so Mary! It’s true – different routes to the same place :)


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