Video: My Italy Sketchbook from 2016 trip

February 23, 2017 | 7 Comments

Although I published articles at the time and afterwards shared a few of my favourite sketches from my big 8 week Europe trip last June-August, I haven’t shared my sketchbooks in their entirety. I have decided to share video flip-throughs of all 6 sketchbooks – one for each major destination. So here is the first phase of my trip: Italy.

These sketchbooks contain sketches from Milan, Vicenza and the Veneto region (part of the Palladian Odyssey planning week), Venice and a visit to Lucca to run a 2-day workshop.
Note: If you can’t see the embedded video please click the top image or go here.

Sketchbooks: A4 Moleskine Watercolour Folio Book – A4 size
My sketching Kit: Refer to my sketching tools section.
For more articles on the trip: Click here.


  • Heather says:

    What amazing and inspirational sketches! I feel honored to have been able to see one in the flesh today! Thanks so much for sharing Liz! And of course for a great course today!!

  • Constance Smith says:

    Great sketches, thanks for sharing! I like how you focused on some areas with colors or shadows, and not others, as taught in Foundations!

  • Nicole says:

    Every time I see your skies I get inspired to try them yet again. Mine are always so harsh yours are so light and airy and sky like.

    • Liz Steel says:

      thanks Nicole. Skies is a subject matter that I am always wanting to develop and improve. Hmm, should do an article on that.

  • Evie says:

    Any chance you are planning to teach how to sketch?

  • Nicki Haldane says:

    Wow. Your sketches are wonderful Liz! I am presently devouring Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series of novels which are all set in and around Venice. Most of these beautiful buildings are mentioned in the books. I think you would enjoy them…when you have time to read!! Safe trip.

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