A collage of Foundations demonstrations

December 16, 2016 | 7 Comments

Along with all the other projects and regular commitments that you see me doing (teaching, writing, sketching, scanning, filming and video editing etc) I am also working hard behind the scenes on SketchingNow stuff and planning some significant improvements in 2017.

Last week one of the tasks I performed was collecting still shots from every video in all my courses. It was a big job, so I thought it might be fun to share a collage of Foundations demonstrations – most but not all of them!

SketchingNow Foundations covers the essential concepts for urban sketching and helps you develop your own style and gain confidence to sketch on location. The goal is to build a strong foundation of skills that you can continue to develop over the years and come back to time and time again. If you missed it yesterday, I wrote an article about how I used these concepts when teaching architects.

SketchingNow Foundations has been designed to help you to do the following:

Know and love the materials in your kit so that you can get the most of them.
Begin to see the world differently, in a way that will make it easier to sketch any subject – to feel edges, abstract shapes and construct volumes.

Develop strategies for different ways of starting a sketch and ways of improving accuracy – doing pencil setup vs drawing directly in ink.

Discover multiple ways of using line and colour and alternatives for creating texture.

Compose and frame sketches out on location, using a view finder and the rule of thirds.

Explore different responses to a scene through thumbnails and as a result create a sketch with a strong story.

Sketch more spontaneously by working out from a focus and having the confidence to work in a busy cafe surrounded by people.

In addition to these demos (and a few I haven’t shown you) there is a lot of written content in each lesson (well over 100 pages of downloadable PDF files) with lots of diagrams and examples of my urban sketches using the same principles.


Unlike a traditional drawing course where you might spend hours on a single drawing and trying to make it as good as possible, SketchingNow Foundations is all about building visual skills by numerous 30-minute exercises. Each lesson builds on the previous so you will see a real progression in your skills, begin to see your style emerging and develop a sketching a habit over a three month period.

Just to let you know that there will be a price increase after Christmas (on 28th Dec) so if you have been thinking about it now is a great time to enroll in Foundations.

You have lifetime access to the course so you can start the course whenever you want and work at your own pace. I expect there will be some other people working through the course starting in the first week in January – another reason why now is a great time to enroll!

I will be re-releasing my other two courses, Edges and Buildings, at a spacing that will enable you to work through the courses throughout the year and be ready for the new course in the second half of 2017. Both of these courses are heavily dependent on the concepts, and techniques explained in Foundations, so I recommend that people start with it first.

Even if you are a seasoned sketcher, there is plenty in Foundations for you, especially if you are wanting to increase your accuracy and the speed at which you work.

To enroll or find out more about Foundations please click here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


  • Carmela Sunnyvale says:

    Dear Liz–thank you so much for your dedication to providing us with the best learning experiences for improving our urban drawing skills. Wishing you peace, health and happiness now and in the new year!

  • Flory says:

    I’m with Carmela! The Liz universe of resources and instruction is incredibly rich, and I’m continually amazed and grateful as this universe expands. Thank you, thank you, Liz! Flory xoxo

  • Carole Jurack says:

    Hi Liz, you are certainly the most dedicated teacher I have ever encountered! I have taken 2 of the 3 courses and know that I have to just get “out there” and practice! Think I’ll start with my tea cup this morning. Meantime, have a wonderful holiday and another glorious, healthy and happy 2017! I appreciate your many postings and demos and explanations and look forward to them. Very motivating and inspirational.

  • Sharon Nolfi says:

    Liz, are you saying you will be bringing out a completely new class in the latter part of 2017? You are a great teacher. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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