Urban Sketching is a very trendy art style. Moments of daily life are sketched and painted sometimes immediately, sometimes later, in a sketch book, on paper – whatever. What counts is to spontaneously paint of an ordinary or exceptional scene, sketched and coloured in a relaxed manner. As, for example, „The last phone box in Erkrath“, seen and sketched by our artist Jens Hübner.
You will need:
- Watercolour paper eg. Hahnemühle Britannia 350g/m2
- AERO COLOR® Professional finest acrylic ink in Black 28702,
- Pale grey 28700, Indian yellow 28203, Flesh tint 28605,
- Titanium yellow green shade 28200, Ultramarine 28402, Sienna 28601
- AERO COLOR® Professional Liner No. 2 and No. 6
- Da Vinci Acrylic brushes, e.g. Cosmotop MIX, size 2 and 8
A pre-sketch is made with the AERO COLOR® Professional LINER No. 2, filled with finest acrylic ink in black (AERO COLOR® Professional). The phone box as an artificial object gives a visible contrast to the natural forms of a tree in the background as well as to the green in the foreground.
The LINER No. 6, an extremely wide marker, is filled with AERO COLOR® Professional Pale grey or an own grey mixture out of SUPRA White, opaque and Black. Now, the background will be filled slightly.
The phone box will be designed with a brush and AERO COLOR® Professional Indian yellow, at the top with pure colour, to the bottom more and more bright adding some water. The in cabin-room gets a slight coloration with Sienna as well as small details in Black. The green in the foreground has to be coloured with Titanium yellow green shade.
Now the people in the foreground can be sketched with the LINER No. 2. In order to let diffuse forms appear human-like it is sufficient to colourise the faces and hands with Flesh tint (a small brush is useful here). Basic rule: Colour has to be used eco-nomically in the background, the foreground emerges and dephth will be obtained by using intense colours.The tree is worked out with brownish shadows in growth direction (mixtures out of Sienna, Black,water). Furthermore, all outlines have to be intensified with the LINER No. 2.
A short text can be written around the sketch with the LINER No. 2 - as an ornamental element of the picture, it can contain a title or information about the scene as well as the date.
The grass in the foreground can be accentuated with a mixture of Ultramarine and Titanium yellow green shade. Some spots and splashes in Indian yellow can vivify the motive.