Quick & Easy Travel Sketching
What you'll learn
- How to choose a simple subject for your first travel sketch
- How to measure and draw a basic building or landscape scene
- How to add details with ink
- How to use simple watercolor to bring your scene to life
- Beginning art skills
Join me on a sketching trip in beautiful, lively Guanajuato, Mexico! A travel sketchbook is a great way to capture a vacation, and it's a wonderful excuse to explore and observe when you're traveling. Whether you're an experienced artist or a beginner, this class will show you how to travel with art supplies and create quick sketches on the go.
We’re going to start with a simple building façade, and learn how to recognize familiar shapes and fit them together.
Building facades are a great place to start, because you don’t have to think about the rules of perspective just yet.
With a little simple measuring, you can get all the elements in place and have some fun with ink and watercolor.
Then we’ll zoom in and paint a charming, colorful old door, complete with peeling paint, ancient stones, and the other details that are so fun to capture in a sketchbook.
Finally, we’ll take a similar approach to a very basic landscape.
All three of these subjects have something in common: Once you’ve learned the basics of how to identify the big shapes, measure, and arrange them on the page, the rest comes pretty easily.
That’s why this is the best way to begin travel sketching.
And Guanajuato, Mexico is a beautiful place to start!
Who this course is for:
- Beginning and intermediate artists
I'm the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Girl Waits with Gun. I've been a full-time author for twenty years, and in that time my books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.
I love talking to writers and artists, and bonding over the creative process. I started teaching so that I can inspire others to take the leap.
I believe that writing, drawing, and painting are all teachable skills. Forget about talent--it doesn't exist, and you don't need it. With some quality instruction and lots of practice, any of us can make meaningful, honest, and unique art and literature.
When I'm not writing or traveling on book tour, I'm painting and drawing in ink, watercolor, gouache, and oil. Come find me on my website or on Instagram to stay connected.