Urban Sketching For Beginners Drawing Course – New Course!

Urban Sketching For Beginners Drawing Course - New Course!Morning Class!

This new Urban Sketching for Beginners Course, reveals how observing everyday life can give an eye-opening appreciation for the towns and cities that we live in.

You don’t need to drive out to the country to draw from life, from an artistic point of view, urban settings have just as much appeal!

The lessons follow a logical progression, from sketching static buildings and monuments to capturing the movement of individual figures and bustling crowds, enabling you to practice your drawing skills and create fast, bold urban sketches with pencils, pens, or watercolors—whatever tools you have on hand.

Topics include:

  • Choosing your materials
  • Building structure into your drawing
  • Sketching architecture
  • Capturing panoramic views of a city
  • Drawing people in cafes
  • Sketching movement
  • Bringing it all together in a start-to-finish drawing

This online drawing course shows you how to draw from life, learn how to draw buildings, street scenes, cafés, and people and you can read more here.


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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Katerina Oleksow

    Hello Will, I have been a student of yours for some time now and have enjoyed and learned a lot from your various courses and all the free education that you give us.

    The Sketching the Landscape course was great and when I saw your sneak preview for this course I couldn’t wait for it to be released. I purchased it as soon as I saw your announcement this morning (Pacific Time in the U.S.) and had a bit of time to watch some of it.

    It is exactly what I need right now, I have been struggling with narrow streets, prospective “on the fly”, flat lighting and how to simplify what I see. It looks like you have all the answers that I need in this new course and I am very excited to apply your methods to the sketches that have been giving me trouble.

    Thank you for keep producing wonderful videos and giving us such great instruction. Katerina

    1. Will Kemp

      Hi Katerina, lovely to hear from you and thanks for your kind comments. So pleased you enjoyed the Sketching the Landscape Course. Really hope that new drawing course helps to give you a framework for tackling buildings. Thanks again,

  2. David Smith

    Hi Will,
    I think urban sketching is very much in vogue at the moment. Looks like a good course. Looking forward to giving it a go.


    1. Will Kemp

      Hi David, nice to hear from you, really hope you enjoy the new course.

  3. Roger Alllen

    Just found you on “youtube” Just what I need as a beginner.

    1. Will Kemp

      Pleased to hear it Roger, hope you enjoy exploring the site.

  4. Helen

    Just completed lesson 1 and my first sketch better than I expected! Really like the gentle delivery and step by step instructions. Plus it’s an approach to drawing buildings that breaks through my ugh-where-on-earth-do-I-even-start panic. Off to buy more art supplies now…

    1. Will Kemp

      Great to hear it Helen, so pleased you’re enjoying the drawing lessons and that you’re pleased with your first sketch. Good luck with the rest of the course.

  5. Bryan Robinson

    This is a great course for me and I really enjoyed it! I really like using the pens instead of pencils. I’ve been recovering from leg surgery for over a month and hope to go on a short vacation to Florida soon and get lots of sketching done. I’ll let you know of my progress. Thanks.

    1. Will Kemp

      Hi Bryan, really pleased you enjoyed the course and hope the leg is on the mend. Have a great sketching trip in Florida.

  6. Shirley

    I have spent several hours on your site and have completed the Beginner Level Cherry painting. I am so excited, it looks as though you could pick it off the page. Looking forward to spending more time painting with your help.

    1. Will Kemp

      Brilliant one Shirley, really pleased you’ve achieved a good result with the painting.

  7. Stacy

    A year ago I took your Urban Sketching class. I had a little sketching experience and had tried to paint a few times, but my eye was too sophisticated for my skill set and I was always unhappy with what I produced, even when others liked it.

    I took your class and not only enjoyed it thoroughly, but found myself able to stick with it and practice for the first time. I liked that you recommended specific pens and products and found that they worked for me as well. Your descriptions and instructions were soothing and encouraging but, more importantly they are detailed and they work- and you never talk down to the student and neither oversimplify things that are complicated nor complicate the simple things!

    Your step-by-step sections helped me see the thought processes and the steps and also helped me to trust my instincts and develop my own style even as I tried to copy exactly what you demonstrated. I practiced in a notebook in the evenings and just enjoyed the process even when the drawings were TERRIBLE and the perspective totally off, I took your advice and just stayed in the moment and had fun with the play of ink and water and line and color. Within a couple weeks I had improved enough that I began to share sketches on social media and in a few months people were asking to BUY them, so I had to begin playing on better paper! It is a year later and I’m drawing and painting up a storm and about ready to take your portrait class.

    People remark on my “talent” and “relaxed style” — that is all a result of your teaching and your sense of humor and the techniques and attitude your classes cultivate. Your blogs are funny and fascinating and again, never condescending — to speak as if it is one artist to another or one friend to another sharing insights and discoveries. In addition I admire your paintings and ink sketches which are inspiring in themselves. Anyway, thank you and in case you ever wonder if anyone out there is listening — they are.

    This class not only taught me a lot, but stated me on a path towards drawing and painting as a main part of my life, influencing much more than I could have anticipated. I’m selling draws myself and paintings — something I literally never expected. You do a great job! These are the ONLY online classes I have ever taken that were totally worth the investment and I’m saving up to take your portrait class next.

    1. Will Kemp

      Hi Stacy, wow, thanks so much for your kind and generous feedback and it’s fantastic to hear how the course has helped over the development of your sketches. It made me laugh when you said about upgrading to better quality paper. Congratulations on the sales and paintings that’s really great. Really hope you enjoy the portrait course. Thanks again for taking the time to comment Stacy, it really is much appreciated.


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