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From Afar: Rendering Atmospheric Perspective in Watercolor
Gas Works Park
Seattle, WA
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Learning goals:
Understand different methods of showing atmospheric perspective. It's all about contrasts: darks vs. lights, levels of detail, soft vs. hard edges. Take advantage of watercolors transparency. Use color theory to achieve believable atmosphere (more important than accurate!).
Express atmospheric perspective through counterpoint techniques. For example: soft shapes in background vs. rigidly defined objects in foreground.
Visually communicate a lot with a little.
Concentrate detail in limited areas -- the eye will fill in the rest.
Use the squinting technique: See the important shapes and values, remove unnecessary details.
Avoid photo-realism; communicate the overall impression of a background.

Supply list:
Watercolor paints of your choice. You will get more out of the workshop if the pigments are fairly wet. I recommend tube paints.
A few sheets of paper about 8.5x11 to 11x14, ideally 140 lb. cold press, but bring what you're comfortable working on.
A range of brushes - the more the merrier:
       - At least one broad brush - round or square, at least 1" wide
       - At least one medium brush - around 1/2", any shape
       - At least one small brush - round, square, or pointed tip, about size 6. NOT a tiny detail brush.
Anything else you need for your urban sketch watercolor setup  water cup, paper towel, stool, drawing board, spray bottle, etc.
Any additional tools that you enjoy using.

Eleanor Doughty, originally from Virginia, has lived in Seattle since 2017. She holds a BFA in illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University and is proud to continue to work in her field as a freelance illustrator. She has successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns related to drawing while traveling and has completed sketching trips on five continents. Her illustrations have been featured in publications such as Graphite Magazine, VICE, and the Boston Globe, and her clients include Hilton, Kroger, Marriott, Microsoft. Eleanor is looking forward to teaching at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Amsterdam this year.
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Thank you for participating in Urban Sketchers Seattle's 10x10 workshop program. For upcoming sketch event announcements, please visit our blog: http://seattle.urbansketchers.org or join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2000009563603949/


Gas Works Park (View)
2143 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
United States



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


Owner: Seattle Urban Sketchers
On BPT Since: Jan 25, 2018
Seattle Urban Sketchers

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