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By Robert Joyner


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Urban Sketching Richmond, VA

I've been cooped up too long in the studio and quite frankly I'm bored with my current subjects. So, I decided to spend several weeks sketching Richmond using Copic markers. I plan to focus on capturing light & shadow but still staying true to my loose style. 

To make this happen I gathered some materials. Here's a list of art materials I'm currently using;

  • Strathmore sketch pad (on sale at Michaels for $9)
  • Ipod for capturing images (use later on in studio as reference)
  • Copic Markers - N2, N4, N6, N8 & 0.5 Liner (buy online at Michaels, Blick or Cheap Joes)

That's it. I find areas that look interesting, park & walk until I see something worth sketching. Once I discover these areas I do a few sketches to see if there's a connection artistically. If so, , I will return with my easel and start painting.

By beginning the process with sketching I can eliminate a lot of the work by only carrying sketch pad & markers. Can't image lugging an easel around all day. Once the sketches are done I can go back to the studio and decide if it's something worth setting up an easel for to do some plein air painting.

About Copic markers - I'm using these because they are offered in a range of values, colors etc. They also have a wide & fine point making it easy to block in large areas of color, composition layout and/or add details. Windsor Newton has a nice line too but feel free to use whatever you like. See image below which illustrates the value of the markers and how useful they are for capturing quick impressions.