Field Sketching Basics (video)

So you want to keep a nature journal and try your hand at field sketching but have not picked up a pencil since elementary school? This workshop is geared for the raw beginner who is terrified of sketching and is convinced that they can not draw. You can learn to draw. This workshop will show you how to begin. In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to look at a subject as an artist so you can draw what you see
  • Where to start and how to make your first lines and the drawing “order of operations”.
  • How to simplify shapes, values, and colors.
  • Key drawing tricks that many any subject easier to manage.
  • How to use a small set of colored pencils to get infinite hues.

9 thoughts on “Field Sketching Basics (video)

  1. Dana Tognini says:

    Hello John,
    I just spoke to you about my daughter Geena doing a winter term project nature journaling project this January. While perusing your websire, I saw the above comment. Coincidentally, I happen to be a certified court reporter and am able to transcribe into a book any audio or video, should the need ever arise.
    Dana Tognini

  2. Helen says:

    I’ve been really struggling with my sizeable desire-ability gap, but this video really helped me understand some things. Can’t wait to try it out, thanks!

  3. CC Peyton says:

    Thanks, John! Great workshop! I have a question. You mentioned that with Polychromos pencils, Fuschia is Magenta. What would be the Polychromos pencils for Cyan and Yellow? I’d love to make a color wheel using those in comparison with my typical Red, Yellow, Blue! Thanks so much!

  4. Wendi says:

    Another completely excellent video! Thank you so much! I hope you don’t mind if I ask a couple of questions…

    I’ve been using Faber Castell’s Polychromos and Albrecht Durer pencils for a while, and am fortunate to have full sets of each. In this video you mentioned that the pencil named Fuschia is the best counterpart/substitute for magenta. So now, this pencil is being used!!

    Is the pencil named Magenta actually to dark of a value for mixing? Which pencils do you recommend for a yellow and a cyan? Also, if it exists (and I’ve been color charting in my spare time trying to find them), can you recommend a close substitute for Prismacolor’s Black Grape and Greyed Lavender in the Polychromos and/or Albrecht Durer lines?

    Thank you for your help! ????

    • Hi there Wendi,
      I would use FC’s Fuschia, Phthalo Blue, and Light Chrome Yellow. It is OK to use the Black Grape and Greyed Lavender with the Polychromos (though they do not blend with water- perhaps a plus).

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