Shoreditch is the original hipster district in London, what was once a neglected industrial part of the city is now bristling with great bars, niche coffee shops and super cool restaurants. Walking around Shoreditch one winters day, I came across a piece of street art by acclaimed artist Stik. His work can be seen all around the area and this artwork was on the door of an old factory that had recently been renovated. I took out my sketchbook and hunkered into a doorway to sketch the view, working quickly to counter the biting wind. Starting with the doorway, I worked outwards to capture the scene as quickly and economically as I could. Colour was added back in the warmth of my studio using markers and gouache, once I’d thawed out.
Matt ivory fine art paper 270gsm with a light watercolour texture.
A3 (297 x 420mm) | A4 (210 x 297 mm) | A5 (148 x 210mm).
Urban sketching has become one of the biggest art trends of the last decade. Featuring 20 clear and easy step-by-step exercises, Sketch Club: Urban Drawing is your essential guide to putting your drawing skills into practice. You’ll learn how to start, when to stop and how to fix common mistakes when drawing your favourite urban spots.
There is no better way to capture a scene than sketching live on location and there is something very true about the result. It will never be a photographic representation but the spirit of the scene is evident and the very essence of the subject matter is captured in a way that photography never can.
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