Trying an old-style ink and wash sketch

April 5, 2017 | 4 Comments


These days I mostly start my sketches with some form of paint and then I alternate between paint and line as I work experimentally, but last night I decided to (try to) do a more traditional ink and wash sketch – ie. line first and then colour. My intention was to do a careful Palladian sketch (the Palladian Odyssey workshop is not too far away!) but I am working at such a crazy pace at the moment (doing lots of SketchingNow website stuff behind the scenes) that my sketching was a little looser than I expected.

You can see the time stamp – 11 minutes for the whole sketch! Please don’t compare my speed with your own. I am a very speedy sketcher and work hard at developing techniques for fast sketching that is loose but with an acceptable degree of accuracy. This was a particularly fast sketch even for me and it was a good chance to brush up on my 5 minute sketching architecture techniques. If somehow you missed it, I wrote a book on that topic last year. More here.

Ok… very short article today as I have to get back to the grind! Happy Wednesday everyone!


  • Prashant Kharkar - April 5, 2017 reply

    Marvellous sketch! Love all of your sketches!

  • Lin Powell - April 5, 2017 reply

    I love the looseness of your drawings. I am far to stiff and detailed. Do you think I would get more out of your book of 5 minute architectural sketching or your course on sketching architecture. Are they similar in content? What is the cost of the course?

  • Suzanne Chisholm - April 5, 2017 reply

    Thank you Liz, that answered my question - and gave me something new to try. Suzanne

  • Melissa Fischer - April 27, 2017 reply

    Inspiring! Thank you!

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