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Drawing People From the Outside In
Seattle Center Armory
Seattle, WA
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UPDATE: If you are from out of town please contact us - - before making travel arrangements, especially airline reservations. We've had to make some last minute changes on some workshops.

Learn to observe the figure as a whole shape.
Draw the silhouette descriptively and more accurately.
Start puzzling out the interior shapes and details that give the figure volume and character.

5 min: Introductions
30 min: Instructor demo: Focus on the silhouette with tonal sketches
45 min: Student practice
15 min: Review of student sketches
30 min: Instructor demo: Adding details and texture with line
60-70 min: Student practice. We will have a quick review halfway through this longer drawing session to give people more feedback and ideas for finishing their drawings.
10 min: Final throwdown. Student work is shared and insights and successes shared.

This class is not media-specific, so choose simple drawing tools that you are comfortable using. We will be doing exercises that require both a finer and a broader mark making tool. The focus is not on color, but colored pens or pencils would work fine. Here are some suggestions:

1. Something to Draw Lines With (bring at least one):
Pen  ballpoint, gel, felt tip and fountain pens are all good.
Graphite pencil  medium soft such as HB, B or 2B
Color pencils  medium to dark colors

2. Something to Make Bigger Marks With (bring at least one*):
Markers  brush or chisel tip* (I like the Faber Castell Big Brush Pens, but any brand will do.)
Brush pens or waterbrushes filled with ink*
Carpenter's pencil (which a broad, chisel tip), B or 2B

*If you use markers or brush pens  you will NEED a lighter color, but you may want to bring a darker color also (ie. Light and dark blue or light gray and black). You will be drawing OVER the lighter color with your other pen/pencil.

3.) Sketching paper (plan on using 4-10 sheets, depending on how large you draw and how big your pages are. Keep your pad/paper size reasonably portable. Anything from 4x6 to about 16x20 inches should work.

Instructor info:
Sue Heston is a Seattle urban sketcher who has been keeping a sketchbook since her college days. With a background in printmaking, she is drawn to interesting shapes and strong contrasts. She believes in regularly exercising your sketching muscles and always being prepared for unexpected sketching opportunities.
You can find her sketches online at:
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Seattle Center Armory (View)
305 Harrison
Seattle, WA 98108
United States


Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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