Stephanie Bower


Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: www.stephaniebower.com | Sketching Workshops: www.stephaniebower.com | Sketches: https://www.instagram.com/stephanieabower/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/83075812@N07/ | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent www.urbansketchers.org | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Seasonal Sketch at Swanson's

There are so many Urban Sketchers in Seattle!  Two days ago, a small sub-group of Friday sketchers met at a local plant nursery to sketch...while there were decorations, Santa and kids, a model train village, flowers, even reindeer and a camel, I was of course drawn to the buildings!  

This is a view inside one of the greenhouses, a one-point, eye level perspective.



I also want to start showing more of my sketching process...I think because I am responding to so many questions on my Craftsy class--probably my favorite part of the teaching process online, and all the sketching process I've developed for the book. I should start showing more process information here... that will be my New Year's resolution!!

To that end, I threw my sketch on the ground and snapped this photo to show how I start complicated scenes with only a few basic shapes in perspective...it really makes the process so much easier to learn to edit and simplify...and quickly block in those basic foundation lines on my page.


You can see my eye level and vanishing point were directly in front of me, at my eye level as I sat on my travel stool. The head of the person in the background is above my eye level line!



I hope to also post my sketches from Bangkok...so stay tuned.  And thank you for checking out this blog!




5 comments:

  1. I LOVED this sketch when I saw it on the sharing site for Urban Sketchers - I'd almost made it to the event but life got in the way.....it was so funny, I just was drawn to this sketch and thought of what a good example it was of what you had been teaching us, then saw the photo of the group and there you were - I should have known it was your sketch! thanks for showing the break down as well - it is so complex but nice to see that it didn't start that way! Kristin

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    1. HI Kristin, that is really funny...! Hope to see you at future sketching outings, you can watch the process in person!

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  2. To see your vanishing point lines was really helpful!

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    1. Thanks, golfgirl! I promise to post more of these how-to sketches in the next year! Thanks for your message~~

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  3. Stephanie, thanks for showing your guidelines for your sketch. It is always a good reminder that someone as good as you starts with a very basic drawing too. With the holidays I haven't had the chance to get back to the Craftsy class, but maybe now that all the shopping is over I can get my schedule back to normal and start back there again. Happy Holidays!

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