In April, I had the pleasure of hosting classes at Trinity Lutheran Church here in NSB.  I also provided individual tutoring sessions for those interested in drawing and watercolor.  If you are interested in this one on one class, let me know.  Also, my picture appeared in the local Hometown Newspaper. This was a surprise as the photographer took lots of pictures, but I did not know he took one of me. It was good publicity for the class and the Hub.


In the regular Wednesday class, we continue with the Marc Holmes book, “The Urban Sketcher”.  We focused on the 3 pass sketching method. This approach emphasizes starting with a pencil drawing, adding details with pen, and enhancing shadow shapes with a brush pen or markers.  We used these new skills to practice drawing objects.  This might have been the most challenging part of sketching. The author’s use of the 3 pass method and hints made it easy to understand.

As we move into May, our focus will shift to exploring watercolor techniques in urban sketching.  Classes will continue on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Demonstration of the 3 Pass Method. First Pass is a good pencil drawing

Demonstration of the 3 Pass Method. Second Pass using a fine line black pen to add details.

Demonstration of the 3 Pass Method. 3rd Pass using black brush pen and markers to enhance shadow shapes.

In this May blog, I am showing images of the 3 pass drawing exercises we practiced.   Additionally, I will share a recent portrait that I painted of my son- in- law, Tim Steffen.  This was done with watercolor and gouache on 140 lb Fabriano Watercolor paper.

Thought of the day:  Create a one page graphic novel.  This will combine all your people-sketching skills with the intent of capturing a complete story. A one page novel shows the process of someone doing something interesting.  Marc Taro Holmes, “The Urban Sketcher “, Page 84

“Dr. Timothy Steffen ”, by Evy Okerstrom, watercolor and gouache, 9″x12″ on 140 lb Fabriano watercolor paper.This will be a Fathers Day gift.

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