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Unleashing Your Creative Spirit: The Art of Urban Sketching

The Art of Urban Sketching

Unleashing Your Creative Spirit: The Art of Urban Sketching

Urban Sketching has become a vibrant movement, enticing artists from around the world to pick up their sketchbooks and capture the essence of urban life. While this artistic phenomenon is often associated with cityscapes, it’s more than just drawing city streets. In this article, we’ll delve into the captivating world of urban sketching, exploring the broader concept of “Quick Sketch” Watercolors and how it encourages artists to embrace their creative urges.


The Expansive World of “Quick Sketch” Watercolors

While both “Urban Sketching” and “Quick Sketch” Watercolors share the same underlying purpose – capturing the world around you in vivid detail – there’s a subtle distinction. “Quick Sketch” Watercolors break free from the constraints of ‘urban’ by encouraging artists to draw and paint what they love, be it landscapes, cityscapes, flowers, animals, food, or any other subject that tugs at their artistic soul.

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As a dedicated instructor with over two decades of experience guiding individuals through painting expeditions across Europe and North America, I’ve witnessed the power of “Quick Sketch” Watercolors in celebrating the individual’s unique interpretation of their world.

I distinctly remember the emergence of “Urban Sketching” in Seattle during my time there. This movement was, and still is, a commendable effort to encourage people to venture out and sketch their communities, cities, and travel destinations.

The term ‘urban’ conveys a connection to towns and cities, but as artists, we’re not confined by labels. Instead, we champion the idea of “Quick Sketch,” which embodies the freedom to sketch and paint whatever resonates with us, transcending the urban-rural divide. Regardless of whether you’re a city dweller or a country enthusiast, urban sketching, or should I say, “Quick Sketch” Watercolors, celebrates your unique creative journey.

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Tips for Urban Sketching and Quick Sketch Watercolors


1. Choose Your Art Supplies Wisely – Less is More

Urban sketching requires portability. Opt for a sketchbook that’s easy to carry, along with a few essential drawing tools such as permanent fine point Artist pens, pencil, kneaded eraser, a few brushes and a watercolor palette.


2. Capture the Moment

Like Quick Sketch, Urban sketching is about observing and recording life as it unfolds. Don’t rush; take your time to soak in the details and the atmosphere of your chosen location.

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3. Embrace Imperfections.

Remember that perfection isn’t the goal. Embrace imperfections in your sketches as they often add character and charm to your work.



4. Experiment with Perspectives. 

Take a few minutes to explore different angles and perspectives to make your urban sketches more dynamic and engaging.

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5. Tell a Story.

Incorporate people, vehicles, or other elements that breathe life into your sketches and tell a story about the place. Eliminate any clutter you don’t need to simplify the scene.



Urban sketching, or as I’ve come to share it, “Quick Sketch” Watercolors, is an art form that transcends boundaries and invites artists to capture the beauty of their surroundings. It’s about more than just cities; it’s about embracing your creative spirit and drawing and painting whatever sparks your passion. Whether you’re in a bustling metropolis or the quiet countryside, urban sketching or my term “Quick Sketch” is a universal language that allows you to connect with your surroundings in a unique way.

So, grab your sketchbook, embark on your artistic journey, and let the world inspire you, one “Quick Sketch” at a time. In the ever-expanding world of “urban sketching,” your creativity knows no bounds.

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