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Urban Sketching Techniques

Let your surroundings be the inspiration to tell your own watercolour story!

Join artist Broderick Wong as he shares tips and techniques for creating a watercolour study outdoors. Learn how to use colour in fun and exciting ways by splattering and melting various colours to excite the eye and draw the viewer into the story you are illustrating. But not everything needs to be coloured in, as Broderick explains how using the white of your paper can help emphasize the main characters in your painting.

We invite you to watch Urban Sketching Techniques with Broderick Wong above or on the Opus YouTube Channel, and discover how painting fast and loose can free your imagination!

Interested in some of the products Broderick uses?
Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Cotman Sketchers' Pocket Box
Escoda Versatil Brushes
Opus Allegro Brushes
Opus Finest Watercolour Paper
Clic & Go Water Cup
Creative Mark Napoli Easel - try a Winsor & Newton Bristol Watercolour Easel

For more information on Alvin Kanak's 1986 inuksuk at Vancouver's English Bay, the sculpture Broderick paints in this video, click here.


Urban Sketching Techniques with Sigrid Albert

Turn your pen into a perspective measuring tool and illustrate the world around you with ink and watercolour!

Join Urban Sketcher Sigrid Albert as she walks you through her process for drawing a panoramic image on location. Discover tips for gauging the different proportions in an image using only your pen, and how you can easily illustrate background objects by relating them to what is in the foreground.

We invite you to watch Urban Sketching Techniques with Sigrid Albert above or on the Opus YouTube Channel, and learn how to explore an urban setting creatively through drawing!

Interested in some of the products Sigrid uses?
Pitt Artist Drawing Pens
Moleskine Watercolour Books
Cotman Sketchers' Pocket Box
Pentel Aquash Water Brush

Sigrid is also one of the organizers of the Vancouver Urban Sketchers Meetup group. Join a group near you (there are more than 70 worldwide) at meetup.com!


Urban Sketching Techniques with Lori Sokoluk

Experience your surroundings in a new way through washes of watercolour and ink!

Join Lori Sokoluk on location for a demonstration of how she creates her plein air sketches. Discover how she captures the essence of the scene using expressive lines, her methods for mixing different shades of green, how she creates darks and shadows using the colours she's already mixed - all while staying focused on what initially drew her to the location!

Watch Urban Sketching Techniques with Lori Sokoluk above to find out how just a few tools can create the perfect reference image that expresses both the mood and colours of the scene.

Interested in some of the products Lori uses?
Arches Watercolour Blocks
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Opus Allegro Brushes
Princeton Select Artiste Series 3750 Brushes
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens
Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent Marker
Bamboo Roll-up Brush Holder
Folding Palette with Hole


Urban Sketching Techniques with Don Colley

Add new mark-making techniques to your repertoire with the addition of your digits - your fingers, that is! Using a fountain pen and Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, Don shares a few quick ways to add texture to your next sketch in our video Urban Sketching Techniques with Don Colley.

Interested in some of the products Don uses?
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Drawing Pens
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens
Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pens
Lamy Fountain Pens
White China Markers
Moleskine Watercolour Books
Strathmore Toned Gray Sketch Softcover Art Journal


Enhance your outdoor sketching skills with more Opus Videos!

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By All Means Create with Alfonso Tejada

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Working with Watermedia Outdoors