Workshop: Sketch your High Street in Windsor with Ian Fennelly

Join professional artist Ian Fennelly for this immersive and fun, 2-3hr workshop looking at urban sketching Windsor High Street. Filmed live on 26th January 2021.


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Workshop description - The Creative Journey:

(see Materials & Reference pictures below)

Before we begin (I will talk through this part)

  • Look at the visual features - Look at the big shapes, think about the colours and tones, and notice any patterns that jump out.

  • Decide on the focus - Think about what might go in and what might stay out

STEP 1. Pre step

Place the pens on the page to break up the space and visualise the basic composition.

Where will we begin? How does it relate to the page? We then take the pens off the


STEP 2. Outline

Focus on big shapes and talk about composition. Discuss the relationship between

those first shapes and lines, and the edge of the page.

Using the fine liner part of the grey tone brush pen, we lightly sketch out the basic

composition of the street and surroundings.

Step 3. Inside the shapes

We then use the permanent fine liners to go inside the basic shapes to tighten up the

sketch and add realism and structure.

Step 4. Watercolour

Discuss colour choice - local colour, emotional colour, technique and choice of

brushes. Using a combination of flat brushes and thin riggers, we apply layers of

colour to the sketch, allowing the paint and water to play on the page.

Step 5. Brush Pens

When the paint has dried we use the grey tone brush pens to add tone and depth to

the composition, this also calms down some of the colours.

Step 6. Detail part 1

Using the permanent fine liners pen we start looking for patterns and textures,

drawing inside the shapes and on top of the watercolour.

Step 7. Detail part 2

Using the same pens, we refine the detail and look deeper in to the subject.

We'll then evaluate the session and share experiences + feedback review

You should expect to develop the following techniques:

1 Sketching the outline and basic shape of the composition.

2 Applying layers of watercolour to the outline sketch

3 Developing a range of tone

4 Creating detail and pattern based on close observation

5 Telling stories through art

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See Reference photo and recommended materials below:

Example sketch: (not from the photo above)

Supply list

1. A3 watercolour paper. Hot press if possible.

2. Tombow Brush Pens – black and a range of greys, particularly the lighter

greys - N15, N75, N79, N60, N89, N95

3. Fine liner pens – from 0.05 – 0.8 Pilot, Staedtler, Faber Castell, Derwent

Graphik – any of these brands are fine.

4. Watercolour pan set – I use Winsor and Newton but any good brand will be


5. Range of brushes, from flats to riggers