Announcing: Stephanie Bower’s online course: Perspective for Sketchers
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 Craftsy.com.
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.
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.
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.