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URBAN SKETCHING FOR BEGINNERS

WITH IAN FENNELLY

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

E 47 Lessons    4 Workshops  j 10 Technical Exercises

COURSE DETAILS

Join 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 , 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.

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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 s, hatching techniques, drawing on paint and more.

Even if this is your very first sketch, you'll be amazed at the progress you make.

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 waters, 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 water moves forward a step from the previous workshop, and you will use a limited range of s, 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 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

Click all the tabs above to discover what's included in this beginners course

Click the images above to see a larger version of the sketches you'll be drawing with Ian

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

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!

This is an online course so you will be supplied with all of the reference pictures. You'll be able to follow-along with Ian, in your own time and at your own pace.

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 fineliners, brush pens and waters.
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 , choosing and mixing , 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.

ian fennelly sketching workshops

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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

BUY THE BEGINNERS COURSE TODAY AND YOU'LL GET THESE FREE BONUSES WORTH

FREE BONUS 1:

Urban Sketching Exercise Series

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Along with each workshop, you'll receive a bonus series of Technical Exercises that have been carefully designed by Ian to help beginners to urban sketching develop and practise specific skills.

Through this series of separate exercises you will practise and learn hatching, perspective, proportions, brush pens, lines, waters, perspective and composition.

You'll discover and 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
FREE BONUS 2:

Urban Sketchers Feedback Gallery

( Value)

Sign up for this course today and you'll unlock access to our thriving online feedback gallery.

This is where you can share your work and receive direct feedback from fellow sketchers who are all at different stages of development - from complete beginners to established artists.

There's no better way to learn and build your confidence and skills than to get positive, constructive feedback from supportive, like-minded sketchers!

BECOME A SKILLED SKETCHER TODAY!

If you’re new to urban sketching, lack confidence in your ability, or you struggle to get started, then this Urban Sketching for Beginner's Course has been designed for you.

Ian Fennelly has deconstructed his decades-learned sketching methodology into simple, engaging steps that you can follow even if you're picking up a pencil for the first time.

Each workshop is broken down into "bite-sized" lessons that you can work through in and around your busy life. And you can watch the tutorials at up to 2x the speed, or slow them right down to a pace that suits you.

You’ll be astonished at the results you achieve in a short space of time. 

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47 Lessons over 4 workshops
Bonus 1: Technical Exercise Series ( Value)
Bonus 2: Urban Sketch Feedback Gallery ( Value)
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