Sketchbook or loose sheets?

Sketchbook or loose sheets?

What to use for urban sketching: a sketchbook or loose sheets of paper? What are the advantages of the one or the other? Using a sketchbook instead of single sheets has advantages and disadvantages. With a sketchbook you do not have to deal with loose sheets on the go and you also create a visual...

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Bike and sketch

Bike and sketch

Last Friday I assembled my new bike. With spring ahead of us, I realised that this second pandemic year we will probably not travel a lot, although hopes are getting higher. The weekend was full of bike and sketch trips. I enjoyed my new vehicle so much that I only did a couple of quick sketches....

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PRIMARY WATERCOLORS OF A DOZEN BRANDS

PRIMARY WATERCOLORS OF A DOZEN BRANDS

  As an urban sketcher you might not want to carry around a large and heavy palette with a lot of colors. Three primary colors often suffice to apply color to your sketch. By mixing in different ratios you can create a wide variety of colors. A good set of primary colors (triad) may include...

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Sketching with a minimal set of watercolors (live Zoom workshop)

Sketching with a minimal set of watercolors (live Zoom workshop)

 I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a live Zoom workshop on February 13, 2021. In this live online workshop I will show you how to build up a sketch with ink and a minimal set of watercolors. You will learn all the steps from a blank sheet to a completed sketch. You can sketch along...

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Adding colors in two layers

Adding colors in two layers

A lot of times I only apply one layer of colors in my sketches. When I have more time I like to add a second layer after my first watercolor layer has dried. I love it when you can see a layer underneath a transparent layer of watercolors. To me it is one of the beautiful aspects of this medium:...

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New lectures for a new year

New lectures for a new year

I hope you are well while 2020 has come to an end. It has been a tough year for most of us. It has also brought us new things. I am grateful for some insights as takeaways from the past year. I have learned that I need less of many things I do not need in my life. And of course I have been missing...

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10th lecture and what else I have been up to…

10th lecture and what else I have been up to…

It has been quite some time since I have written a decent post. Time to look back on what I have been up to the past two months … and look a little bit ahead of course. The Never Ending Workshop, my free online sketch course, has been welcoming hundreds of new members in the past week. Starting...

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How to reset your workshop password

How to reset your workshop password

It happens to all of us. You have registered to a website, but cannot remember your password. It is frustrating if you want to access your online workshop, but you cannot access your account. Below is a short instruction video that shows you how to reset your password for The Never Ending...

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Lecture 8: Highlights with a white gel pen

Lecture 8: Highlights with a white gel pen

If you have seen more of my sketches you probably have noticed that I like to add some finishing touches by using a gel pen. In the third and last lecture of the sequel of three, you will see how I use a white gel pen to brighten up the church tower of Hindeloopen. Lecture 8 of The Never Ending...

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Lecture 7: Adding colour to the tower of Hindeloopen

Lecture 7: Adding colour to the tower of Hindeloopen

After I showed you the linework of the church tower of Hindeloopen, we are going to add some colour now. With only a few watercolours we will continue working on the sketch that we started in Lecture 6.  Lecture 7 of The Never Ending workshop is available now.  Happy sketching,

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