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These 2.5 hour courses are each divided into 7 short lessons you can watch at your own pace. You can ask me questions in a messaging window next to the video, and you’ll see all my responses – so everyone learns from each others questions and comments. As well, you can upload your artwork for community feedback. Once you’ve purchased a class you can watch as many times as you like, without limits. Plus the site works on all mobile devices. Hope to see you in the questions and comments!

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~~ Video Demonstrations ~~

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In the summer of 2015 I did a small tour with the publisher of my book The Urban Sketcher. We made a series of 60-90 minute videos with me drawing on location and talking about my tools, techniques, and problem solving strategies.

You can subscribe to Artists and watch all of them, as well as 400+ other artists for a flat monthly rate – or – they’re available on DVD or by Direct download.

I hope you’ll enjoy this chance to sit over my shoulder and watch as I draw.

~~ Other Urban Sketchers Online Classes ~~

Over the years as a correspondent for I’ve had the chance to draw alongside hundreds of other sketchers around the world. Many of them professional artists and art instructors. Here’s  a selection of other Urban Sketchers correspondents that have classes on

Please note: these links below are meant to offer my instructors discount – as of this time (Dec 2016) the discount program at Craftsy is under renovations. I will re-enstate the 50% off instructor discount as soon as I am able. ~m

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Shari Blaukopf’s courses on sketchbook drawing and watercolor painting. Click over here for my full reviews of Sketching Landscapes and Sketching the City.


Stephanie Bower’s excellent primer on perspective. Great for beginners or experienced sketchers who need to refresh their discipline. My [full review over here].


Matt Brehm’s sketching essentials. Perfect for beginners, emphasis on foundation skills.

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Paul Heaston’s series on sketchbook drawing. Paul is a wizard with the pen. I’ve drawn beside him a few times, and always been impressed with his command of values, detail, and texture using only the simplest tools. He’s a fine art painter in his own right, but these courses are aimed at any skill level, emphasizing on-the-go sketching and daily journaling.


Steven Reddy’s Dynamic Detail. An in depth exploration of a progressive approach, building a sketch from simple details to fully rendered studies. Emphasis on still life and everyday objects, but applicable to anything.


James Richard’s Energy of Places. James is a professor of architecture and you can see his years of skill and training as an artist and teacher. Emphasis on  street views done in-the-moment in sketchbooks or with a small easel. Very helpful to plein air painters approaching the urban environment. [Full review here].


Suhita Shirodkar’s Figure Sketching make Simple. I’ve sketched many times on location with Suhita and taken her workshops at Urban Sketchers conferences. She’s a tremendously confident sketcher who gets right to the heart of a subject in only a few lines. I’ll be posting an in depth review  of this course soon

24 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2015 6:45 PM

    I just signed up and watched the first module on gesture drawing. Very cool. I cannot wait until I have more time to watch the other modules.

    • January 29, 2015 1:55 PM

      Thanks Charlie – welcome aboard! See you over there in the questions area :)

  2. January 31, 2015 8:22 AM

    I am wondering if you can be a beginner?

    • January 31, 2015 10:05 AM

      Hi Monique – well I would like to think It can be done at any level. Really it is if you want to try it and have fun! Yes, if you’re an absolute beginner, never drawn a person, you might find it challenging – but on the other hand, if you want to start drawing people, there is no other way! We all had to do some funny drawing to get going :) You could start with drawing still life if you wanted, but it would only help you be more comfortable with tools – not much else. Also! The homework is written with absolute beginners in mind. Sorry for the long answer :) :)

      • February 1, 2015 5:29 PM

        I appreciate the answer..yes I am quite the beginner..
        Perhaps one day you will offer a beginner’s class in something;)

  3. Stan Kramer permalink
    February 4, 2015 7:19 AM

    Signed up and just watched the first lesson – incredible! – clear and informative and filled with really practical tips. This is one of the best video lessons I’ve seen. Props to Liz Steele for pointing to the course in her newsletter.

  4. Joni permalink
    February 18, 2015 5:41 PM

    I have joined 6 different drawing classes on craftsy, yours is my favorite. So much great information. Can’t wait for the snow to melt and get busy outside.

  5. george mellen permalink
    April 2, 2015 10:07 PM

    Just completed my first pass at the videos and some of the homework assignments for your Craftsy course, and wow! Your concepts are easy to understand and follow, and have demystified this subject of drawing people for me. I can already see that I’m drawing people differently (and with much more movement and life). Thank you.

  6. rhodylady permalink
    April 11, 2015 8:56 AM

    I took your class on Craftsy and LOVED it. I have to tell you, I feel like it helped me break through a dam or something. Suddenly I can sketch/paint “loosely” – or at least loose for me. Can’t speak highly enough of the class!

    • April 11, 2015 10:52 AM

      Thanks very much! That is exactly what I hoped to hear from people!

  7. May 20, 2015 9:02 AM

    I just watched the first video – it is one of the better demonstrations I have seen of a gesture drawing and I feel like I can actually do it! Not sure if I can but I am going to give it my best! Thanks – looking forward to watching the rest of the videos!

  8. Dana permalink
    May 30, 2015 9:52 PM

    Monique, his book The Urban Sketcher is awesome, and can be used by a beginner. I found it after buying his craftsy course. I’m planning to now do the book then finish the craftsy course. Both are top notch!

  9. June 4, 2015 5:45 PM

    Hi there – I am glad I found your blog. I was looking for a painting lessons for some time and found you by accident, checking the Travel blog section on WordPress. I will be an often guest here. + one follower.
    – Ruta

  10. Cheryl Moore permalink
    July 31, 2015 8:34 PM

    Fantastic Craftsy class. Have watched it all am now watching it again to practise. Loved it and your website. Have Shari’s as well. I am learning to sketch. You are a great teacher. I am a bit nervous about sketching outside in public as I am a beginner. Thanks for all the techniques. Cheryl

  11. israelmeesterkat permalink
    August 20, 2015 5:06 PM

    I have been hoping for another video. I LOVE your first one!! Thank you!!

  12. August 21, 2015 6:03 AM

    I love your first class, I have learn so much in it and I really hope for win the second one ;-) I have bought a lot classes on crafts and like the platform, so easy to use and the best teachers in the world at one place. I have only paint watercolors until a get to craftsy, now I am learning sketching too and have so much fun. Thank you for doing a new course for us!


  13. August 21, 2015 8:58 AM

    Hooray! Can’t wait! Thank you!

  14. August 25, 2015 3:39 PM

    Signed up and watched 3 lessons so far! Love that you are so clear with your teaching. Will be doing some line drawing and practice tonight & upload it for comments after. Thank you for your class. It’s absolutely one of the best I’ve taken :)

  15. steve permalink
    February 10, 2016 10:27 AM

    dear sir: do you have sketching for Japanese gardens

    • February 11, 2016 11:57 AM

      I don’t have a specific article/class on this sorry, but that’s a great idea!

  16. Antonio Ponce permalink
    June 27, 2016 5:12 AM

    Sr. Marc Taró
    He adquirido varios de sus videos y me gusta mucho su forma de plantearlos. Dos cosas, sin embargo me agradaria ver y es que apareciera en pantalla constantemente tanto el papel como la paleta para ver las mezclas de color. Otra cosa sería el doblaje al español.
    Hace unos dias le dejé una respuesta para que enumerara los colores que aparecen en la paleta del video Drawing People in Places y como tienen ese aspecto tan gelatinoso.
    Antonio Ponce

  17. Louise Boyer permalink
    July 22, 2016 11:23 AM

    Marc, can you tell, and show me how to package a watercolor to send by mail?
    I read you send yours un-matted, and un-framed, in rigid waterproof mailers. You just slip your watercolor in this mailer? And may I ask where you get them?
    Did you ever mail a framed one?

    • July 22, 2016 6:10 PM

      Hey Louise – let’s see: I’ve never mailed a framed one – it’s too expensive from Canada that’s for sure. Cheaper for the customer to frame it at their end – and safer.

      (Ok -I lied – that’s for sales of art – I have mailed framed work for exhibitions. So – that is A: Framed in Plexi not glass glass, and B: Boxed in a 6 inch deep box with styrofoam blue insulation slabs on all sides, top and bottom and edges – like a clamshell case for shipping a camera).

      As for how to wrap an unmatted print – I use a clear polypropelene archival flap-seal bag from with an acid free backing board for the art and any artist-bio type info (this protects it till it gets to the framer or the final recipient if it’s re-gifted). Then that sealed bag goes inbetween two sheets of 1/8″ corrugated board, and the whole three ply sandwich goes into a white polyethylene tearproof bag from {same place I get backing boards). I use sticky bubble envelopes on the outside for customs paperwork.

      This whole system is stolen directly from a photographer online, but I can’t recall the original website, sorry.

      I admit this system is overkill, but I like to be safe :)

      • Louise Boyer permalink
        July 22, 2016 8:13 PM

        Marc, thanks. U – R awesome !
        I will check that. Since I live an hour from Montreal, and not in California, (where I understood , the company ” clearbags” is located), I will try to see if Bureau en Gros, or another place in Canada has these bags.
        Hope I don’t have to buy 100 though ha ha…

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