Do you remember when we talked about the idea of tackling a wider scene to record the atmosphere, the “big picture” in our sketchbooks?
Soooo, I keep working on it, step by step. ☺️
And I noticed a sort of pattern within my last “urban” sketches, that I thought I could share with you. 😊
First of all, I am sure some of you won’t think these sketches really show urban scenes!! 😅😉
There are two reasons for that :
– I live in a French large village with 6500 inhabitants so it’s only a bit urban!! 😜
– Plus, I like plants and flowers and it’s spring so I tend to pick composite views with a lovely garden or a tree over boring rows of façades. ☺️
And I think this is a part of my strategy! 😙
So, I noticed that, to simplify an “urban scene”, I just pick a house I like as a focus with, if possible, a row of flowers, a lovely garden, a colorful field or a tree and… that’s it! I then compose a sketch using the direction of the road and these elements.
Often, a nice sky set the mood… ☺️
And, when I feel brave, 😁 I add a passer-by. 😉
Once again, the trick is to focus and to simplify!
So, my advice, following my experience, would be to choose just one or two elements you like (for example one house and one “green” subject?). Then, start from it and focus on it, really simplifing the other things ! These can be just colorful shapes without details.
If you fear this approach could lead to a too simplistic sketch, feel free to add a companion sketch to the page with a close up view of a flower like I did in some of the spreads, below, or a people sketch, or a sign, or whatever detail (or lettering!) you feel like adding to your sketchbook. 😙
I think I am going to keep trying to widen my angle of view when I sketch… but not too much nevertheless. ☺️ Of course, a few houses could be sometimes great for a change, but I think it’s important not to forget to focus on something. Quality over quantity! 😉
Is that strategy sharing useful for you, fellow Urban Sketchers?
What are your own tricks to make quick sketches of your urban surroundings?
I wish you a marvelous week end! 😀