New workshops: Complex scenes with edges and shapes

August 28, 2018 | Leave your thoughts

I’m pleased to announce that I’m running two morning workshops in September as part of the USK Sydney 10×10 Programme.

I have two workshops on the same topic, but in different locations, both in Sydney.

I taught this workshop in the CBD earlier this year, and one in Miller’s Point last year. Both were perfect locations.

You can read about last year’s workshop here.

More about the workshops…


Fast sketching of complex scenes with edges and shapes.

The two most important skills to have when sketching complex scenes are being able to achieve a relatively accurate composition of the main elements and being able to simplify all the details and colours into a few big shapes.If you can achieve this not only do you have a strong sketch, but you also have a way of working that will free you up to sketch faster.

In this workshop we will look at how to achieve this by first determining the important edges and the relationships between them and then abstracting the scene into main shapes of colour and value.

We will spend the first half of the workshop doing a few small thumbnails of edges and shapes. The second half will be devoted to working on one sketch (or more) combining line and colour based on the earlier studies.


WORKSHOP 1  – SOLD OUT but still collecting names for a waiting list in case of cancellations
Date: Saturday 15 September 2018
Time: 9.30am -12.30pm
Location: Millers Point. Meet outside Argyle Cafe 1 Argyle Pl, Millers Point
Price: $50

WORKSHOP 2 – SOLD OUT but still collecting names for a waiting list in case of cancellations
Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Time: 9.30am -12.30pm
Location: CBD. Meet on the steps of 1 Bligh St – corner of Bent St and O’Connell St, Sydney
Price: $50

Please use this contact form if you are interested in joining the waiting list for either workshop.

Materials List

  • Paper/sketchbook suitable for ink and wash – A5-A4 size.
  • Permanent ink pen
  • Pencils (optional) – bring a general collection of watercolour pencils or coloured pencils.
  • Coloured media: Watercolour is the preferred medium but coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, markers could be used instead. Bring your normal watercolour kit – there are no special requirements for specific colours.
  • Waterbrush or sable brush and water container.
  • Any other materials you have in your bag!
  • Small portable stool (optional).


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