2017-02-21. AM 10:06
[Sketchbook] Draw Urban Sketches in Spain

This edition of ‘Drawing Tip’ was sent in by @dongdongkim, a wallpaper artist whose work is available on PEN.UP and Samsung Themes.

@dongdongkim used Galaxy Note 5 to tell us how to do some urban sketching in great detail.
In fact, @dongdongkim tells us that he traveled around the world and did several urban sketches.

Shall we begin then?

TUTORIAL by @dongdongkim

Draw Urban Sketches in Spain

with Sketchbook for galaxy

This is PEN.UP user @dongdongkim.
It‘s great to meet you all through ’Drawing Tips‘.

Today, I‘ll show you how I do my urban sketches.
First, I used a drawing app called ‘sketchbook for galaxy’ and Galaxy Note 5.

This is a small town I came across when I was traveling through Spain.
I‘ll try and draw this scene right here.

The most important thing for me when I‘m doing my urban sketches is composition and contrast.

In this scene, the dark colored road and bright colored houses give us a neat contrast of colors.

The houses at the front that need some relatively simple details and the houses at the back that seem to have complicated features give us a contrast too.

Also, because it fits nicely into the tripartition composition (golden composition), a basic composition type for scenery, the scene feels very stable.

It would allow for more stable and precise sketches if I draw scenes using a pre-calculated perspective like you see above, but I believe that urban sketching is charming because of the free and liberal lines.

So, I chose to draw as I go.

You have to draw freely but keep a modicum of ratio and proportion in mind.

I try to identify the point of objects and keep on observing the distance and proportions of the objects when I draw.
Also, I focus on the shape of the background that surrounds an object rather than the object‘s form itself when I draw.

For example, when I draw the building on the right, I keep the distance and ratio between point 1 where the eaves begin (green dot) and point 2 (yellow dot), and the remaining area 3 intact.

If you focus on the space surrounding the buildings marked with a blue line rather than the actual shape of buildings, you‘ll significantly reduce the possibility of having not more space in the building when you need to draw another door or no space in the canvas when you need to draw more buildings.

Now, I‘ll begin by drawing the electrical wire hanging from the building on the right.

In terms of the composition, the wire divides the building‘s second floor with the windows and first floor with the front door.

I think it‘ll be easier to draw if I use the distance and proportion between the point where the wire begins and the eaves as well as the tip of the wire and road.

If that proportion doesn‘t work, it might lead to a problem where either the door or windows end up too big.

As I draw on, I feel like the windows on the second floor are pushed up too high.
When that happens, I can use the lasso tool to reposition the object and move it down.

I can select the area I want using the lasso tool and use the icon circled in black to resize and move.

Now, I‘ve finished my sketch for the building on the right.

I love drawing buildings with vintage looking outer walls that bear the markings of time.
First, there‘s a lot to draw and in the end, it looks like you’ve drawn a lot even with a modest amount of effort. ^^

I didn‘t try to be really precise when I drew the part where the paint has peeled off.
I can create a convincing vintage sort of feel by using lines doodled spontaneously.

Next, I‘ll draw the building to the left.
I can draw the left after I‘ve finished the one on the right,

but it‘s better for keeping the overall proportion if I keep the balance between both sides as I draw on.

As for the building on the left, I positioned it using the empty space in the sky found between the building on the right and on the left.

Think of that space in between like the square colored in red.

You can settle on the location much easier if you look at the surrounding space rather than objects.

I observed the distance and proportion of objects for the left side building, like I did for the one on the right.

When I‘m drawing a building made of bricks, I simplify it and draw only a few bricks just to represent the wall if I don’t have to put some special emphasis on the building or focus attention on it.

It might upset the overall balance if I draw every single brick because it would just increase the density of detail too much in the brick building.

Let‘s move onto the buildings at the back.
The further the buildings are, the little I can see.

The amount of objects I need to draw dwindles down so I can draw a little faster.

After I‘ve drawn everything at the back, I added the electrical wires.

Personally, I think these wires are very charming in urban sketching

I also added some details into the road.

If I be precise and draw every little tile in the road, eye will focus only on the road and if I don‘t have enough detail in it, the entire picture would feel empty.

So, I tried to put in enough detail while leaving out some aspects of the road.

As I look at the picture after I‘m done, it looks a little too hectic because I’ve added too much detail to the peeled off paint on the building at the front.

It looks better after I erase it a little.

Normally, most urban sketches involve carrying around notebooks and doing the initial sketches or adding color using watercolors.

Today, I‘ll use the sketchbook app to give it a watercolor feel to the picture.
First, I‘ve laid down the basic background colors.

Next, I‘ve added more color details, beginning with the dark areas.

Then, I did the details and moved onto the light colored areas.

After I‘ve finished coloring the picture in, the sketch is a little hard to see as its buried in the colors.
So, I copied a sketch layer.

Since it‘s a semi-transparent sketch produced using pen pressure, I can add weight to the sketch lines if I copy and overlap two of the same layers.

Texture is an important element that completes the picture.
I like to use watercolor texture that gives the picture a hand-painted feel.

So, I‘ll complete this sketch with a texture I’ve created in advance.

Open the texture image file using the ‘Import Image’ function in the sketchbook app.
I can click the layer of my texture image and change the Blending properties to ‘Soft Light’.

I can create several effects depending on the property of the layer, so it‘s a good idea to try different settings to decide on which is best.

Voila! My sketch is done.

I hope this was helpful and thank you for reading my Drawing Tip.
I‘ll see you again on PEN.UP!

Thank you.

We thank @dongdongkim who gave us a very detailed session on compositions and proportions.

Try your hand in urban sketching!
Thank you.

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