URBAN SKETCHING FOR BEGINNER’S

WITH IAN FENNELLY

Join Ian Fennelly as he guides you through 47 easy-to-follow lessons and practical exercises that will transform you from complete beginner to skilled urban sketcher.

E 47 Lessons    4 Workshops  j 10 Technical Exercises

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FREE PRIZE DRAW ENTRY: WIN A SIGNED IAN FENNELLY PENCIL SKETCH!

COURSE DETAILS

Join master urban sketcher and teacher, Ian Fennelly, on this incredible journey as he takes you step-by-step from blank page to skilled urban sketcher.

With its unique blend of on-location and studio-based teaching, this new and different online course trains you in all the fundamentals of urban sketching, while rapidly building your skills and confidence from the ground up.

Urban sketching for beginners
You’ll learn everything, from Ian’s methods for picking perfect locations, to his unique pen work techniques, choosing and applying the right colours, attaining perfect proportions, simplifying your work, mastering perspective, drawing on paint and so much more.

All of Ian’s unique techniques and processes are meticulously broken down into simple steps as you’ve never seen them before. If you can hold a pencil, then you can follow along with each lesson.

Ian Fennelly. Chester Cross Urban Sketch art

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Ian Fennelly has built an extraordinary reputation as one of the world’s finest urban sketchers and most sought-after teachers. His distinct style of on-location art, engaging teaching methods and all-round creativity has earned him a passionate global following. And now, for the first time, he’s peeling back the curtain and teaching you his line-by-line methodology for sketching your own phenomenal urban art.

YOUR LESSONS

47 lessons and exercises make up 4 comprehensive online workshops. Each one carefully designed to build your skills and confidence as you work through this urban sketching for beginner's course.

ENGLISH BRIDGE

In this first in-depth workshop, you will learn how to draw a beautiful scene of the English Bridge.

The shapes in this scene, the strong perspective of the bridge and the beautiful protruding church, make it the perfect starting point for your beginner’s sketching journey.

You will learn Ian's methods for finding the best spot to draw from, sketching in pencil, getting the proportions right, drawing wonderful perspective, simplifying your sketch, emphasizing with pen, drawing reflections, applying colours, hatching techniques, drawing on paint and more.

urban sketching shrewsbury - English Bridge

TANNERS WINE MERCHANTS

Next, we will expand your skills a little further by learning to sketch this historic Tudor building in the heart of Shrewsbury.

This is a rich and exciting subject which Ian breaks down into lots of simple steps, with a strong emphasis on drawing perspective, tonal value, structure and storytelling.

In this workshop, you will learn how to notice all of the many details surrounding the building, while understanding which ones to leave out of your picture, and which details to include. Working with 3 very specific watercolours, you'll learn how to draw on paint to animate your picture, and so much more. The result is a wonderful scene that blends history with the present day.

urban sketching shrewsbury - Tanners

CHURCH STREET

Church Street is a visually rich scene with lots of detail; pubs, signage, hanging baskets, lamps and cobbles, which is framed by a beautiful church with its incredible spire. Ian breaks this entire scene down into lots and lots of easy to follow steps.

In this workshop, you will continue your development in sketching strong perspective, while learning how to get the composition right on your page. The watercolour moves forward a step from the previous workshop, and you will use a limited range of colours, while discovering how to apply them together in a very playful way.

You will then learn how to draw much of the detail over your paint. We'll introduce brush pens and you'll discover the underestimated visual devices you can include in your pictures, which really add to the structure of your scene.

urban sketching shrewsbury - Church Street

WYLE COP

In the final workshop, you will expand all of the incredible skills you have developed so far, by applying them to this visually rich scene.

You will start by slowly and carefully sketching it out in pencil, with a heavy focus on getting the perspective and scaling right first, while capturing the downwards sweep of the scene.

You'll learn how to pick the right visual element as your focal point. Then you will learn even more about tonal value and spatial contrast, and how to maximise colour using a minimal pallet. Together with Ian, you will build your picture carefully, adding more and more layers of detail; referencing the medium shapes, the signage and adding texture to your scene.

urban sketching shrewsbury - Wyle Cop

ENGLISH BRIDGE

In this first in-depth workshop, you will learn how to draw a beautiful scene of the English Bridge.

The shapes in this scene, the strong perspective of the bridge and the beautiful protruding church, make it the perfect starting point for your beginner’s sketching journey.

You will learn Ian's methods for finding the best spot to draw from, sketching in pencil, getting the proportions right, drawing wonderful perspective, simplifying your sketch, emphasizing with pen, drawing reflections, applying colours, hatching techniques, drawing on paint and more.

urban sketching shrewsbury - English Bridge

TANNERS WINE MERCHANTS

Next, we will expand your skills a little further by learning to sketch this historic Tudor building in the heart of Shrewsbury.

This is a rich and exciting subject which Ian breaks down into lots of simple steps, with a strong emphasis on drawing perspective, tonal value, structure and storytelling.

In this workshop, you will learn how to notice all of the many details surrounding the building, while understanding which ones to leave out of your picture, and which details to include. Working with 3 very specific watercolours, you'll learn how to draw on paint to animate your picture, and so much more. The result is a wonderful scene that blends history with the present day.

urban sketching shrewsbury - Tanners

CHURCH STREET

Church Street is a visually rich scene with lots of detail; pubs, signage, hanging baskets, lamps and cobbles, which is framed by a beautiful church with its incredible spire. Ian breaks this entire scene down into lots and lots of easy to follow steps.

In this workshop, you will continue your development in sketching strong perspective, while learning how to get the composition right on your page. The watercolour moves forward a step from the previous workshop, and you will use a limited range of colours, while discovering how to apply them together in a very playful way.

You will then learn how to draw much of the detail over your paint. We'll introduce brush pens and you'll discover the underestimated visual devices you can include in your pictures, which really add to the structure of your scene.

urban sketching shrewsbury - Church Street

WYLE COP

In the final workshop, you will expand all of the incredible skills you have developed so far, by applying them to this visually rich scene.

You will start by slowly and carefully sketching it out in pencil, with a heavy focus on getting the perspective and scaling right first, while capturing the downwards sweep of the scene.

You'll learn how to pick the right visual element as your focal point. Then you will learn even more about tonal value and spatial contrast, and how to maximise colour using a minimal pallet. Together with Ian, you will build your picture carefully, adding more and more layers of detail; referencing the medium shapes, the signage and adding texture to your scene.

urban sketching shrewsbury - Wyle Cop

SKETCHING EXERCISES

Each workshop includes a series of simple Technical Exercises to help beginners to urban sketching develop and practise specific sketching skills, including hatching, perspective, proportions, brush pens, lines and watercolours.

Through these exercises you will master perspective and composition and you'll learn techniques for varying tonal values, portraying different textures, adding depth and realism, creating reflections, infusing drama into your work and much more.

urban sketching exercises

LAUNCH BONUS!

Ian Fennelly. Chester Cross Urban Sketch art

Free Prize Draw Entry!

Join the Beginner's course during this special launch period and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win one of the FOUR original, SIGNED preliminary pencil sketches Ian Fennelly drew for this course!

Closing date: 23rd November 2021

Entering into this prize-draw is free and no purchase is necessary to enter or to win. See prize draw T&C's

THE LOCATION

This Urban Sketching for Beginner’s Course was part-filmed in the historic market town of Shrewsbury, England and part in Ian’s private studio.

With its winding cobblestone streets lined with pretty boutiques and rows of crooked, half-timbered Tudor buildings – Shrewsbury has all the elements Ian needed to teach you urban sketching as you’ve never been taught it before!

Urban sketching on location - Ian Fennelly

THE BEGINNER’S COURSE DIFFERENCE

This urban sketching for beginner’s course has some notable differences to any other courses you may have taken:

Big difference #1: A Focus on Fundamentals

Ian assumes no prior knowledge or skills. You'll begin in the most simplistic form, with a pencil and a blank page. Then, Ian guides you from the very basics - showing you how to loosely sketch out your lines and shapes, before slowly and methodically building up your picture, piece-by-piece, with fine liners, brushpens and watercolours.

Big difference #2: Pencil Sketching

For the first time, Ian starts each workshop with a pencil and rubber, instead of a fine liner.

This means you get to make mistakes, rub out and redo until you have your basic sketch down. You’ll learn Ian’s methods for sketching everything out first – loosely and freely.

If trying to be too perfect has held you back so far, then these first lessons will be a game-changer.

Big difference #3: Technical Exercises

For the first time, Ian has developed a series of skill-building exercises that work in perfect harmony with the course.

Each exercise starts with a demonstration from Ian, then deep dives into a specific technique that you will practise separately, before applying it to your main picture.

Exercises include hatching, drawing perspective, penwork, drawing on paint, understanding colour, choosing and mixing colour, brush pen techniques and more.

You’re going to be amazed at how quickly your skills flourish and the difference this makes to your overall work!

Big difference #4: Progressive Learning

This Urban Sketching for Beginner's Course is a slower, more methodical course. Each carefully crafted lesson builds on the previous one through four comprehensive workshops. As you work through the course and complete each lesson and technical exercise, your knowledge, skills and confidence will increase incrementally.

By the time you have completed the fourth and final workshop and activities, you will have developed the skills and confidence to sketch with a high degree of confidence and competence.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Watch the video below as Ian answers many of the most common questions about this Urban Sketching for Beginners course:

Feedback Gallery

The moment you register onto this Beginner's urban sketching course, you'll have access to our private feedback gallery. Here you can share your newfound skills, receive feedback and leave comments for other students too.

There is no better way to learn urban sketching than to get feedback and advice on your work. Watch as you progress through the course with the advice and feedback from other learners who are sharing this journey with you.

Here's What You'll Get Today:

Don’t delay - this is one of the best investments you will make on your urban sketching journey:

âś” 47 Lessons / 4 Workshops
âś” 10 Technical Exercises
âś” Free Prize Draw Entry
âś” Urban Sketch Feedback Gallery
âś” 24/7 Lifetime Access
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