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SketchingNow Edges


Enroll Now: Edges Course US$69


Only US$69 for 4 in-depth lessons containing:
– 5 hours of video
– 12 different demonstrations
– over 70 pages of downloadable content
– private Flickr group for sharing work and discussions with others
– unlimited access to all course content
– self directed: start at any time and work at your own pace.

This course will explain how to discern different types of edges, to represent them in different media and to incorporate this understanding into our work.

Exploring edges • Interpreting Edges

We will be exploring concepts first with objects around the home and then applying this out on the streets – sketching on location.

This is a Self Directed Course – click here for more details.

All lessons and videos remain accessible indefinitely – you can come back and review them over and over, whenever you like!

For those who enrolled in Edges the first time (in September 2015):

This is the same course and you still have access to all lessons in the original classroom.


Read some reviews of the Edges course here

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for people with some drawing experience
– If you are a beginner, I recommend that you work through my Foundations course first.
– If you are an seasoned sketcher, there will be plenty of content for you – new ideas and
exercises to explore.

As this is a concept course it is suitable for any way of working – whether carefully and
deliberately or faster and looser.

This is not a watercolour technique class, nor is it specifically designed as a sketching
architecture course. However with my architectural background and predominant use of ink and wash you will pick up a lot of tips along the way.

Why is this course special?

– one essential concept per lesson, each lesson building on the previous
– in depth content – the concepts are clearly explained and then applied
– specific assignments each lesson have been designed to explain the concept

– quality video demonstrations of indoor and out on location sketches
– an indoor and outdoor exercise each lesson so you have a chance to really
understand the principles before going out on location

I want to share my personal approach which combines 20 years experience as an architect with the obsessive sketching that has filled over 100 sketchbooks in 7 years.
Loose spontaneous sketching but a strongly structured and conceptual architectural

I believe that the more we think about what we see, the richer our artwork will become.

How will the course work?

The course will be run through a private WordPress site with unlimited access.
– This is a self-directed course with all lessons available on registration.
– There will be a private Flickr group for sharing the work. A Flickr group has been
specifically chosen for the course community as it provides everyone with the means of
creating their own portfolio of work. I think this is very important so you can review individual sketches in the context of a body of work and the development of each participant rather than just relying on a collection of images in a group setting.

Work at your own pace

– This course contains 4 lessons that you can work through at your own pace.
– All lessons are available at registration meaning that you can review them all initially before beginning the assignments.

What each lesson contains

1. In-depth instruction with optional downloadable pdf of the whole lesson.
Each lesson contains a single concept that will be
– Clearly explained with notated diagrams
– Demonstrated by a specific exercise – high quality video demonstrations in the studio or out on location
– Applied and expanded upon by use of examples from my sketchbooks over the years – from simple applications to more complex (perfect for the ‘seasoned sketchers’!)
– Thought for the week to carry with you no matter how busy you are
– Two assignments. One indoors: applying the concept to a object or two, one outdoors:
applying the concept to a more complex scene

2. A fresh step by step demonstration from the streets of Sydney.
During the first run of Edges, I went out each week for a new sketching adventure in Sydney, showing how I put the week’s concept into practice with a specific step by step demo. I checked out numerous new suburbs and of course each weeks adventure included finding the best cafes in town!

3. Additional tips and FAQ
Although this is a self-directed course, each lesson includes additional tips and frequently asked questions for each lesson. These consist mainly of the feedback that was given during the first run of the course and address common queries and trends that come up from the lesson’s exercises. If you have further questions you can start a discussion thread in the Flickr group or fill out a Lesson Query Form in the classroom.

Course Outline

Introduction – Thinking about Edges
– types of edges
– profiles of edges
– factors that affect edges

Lesson 1 – Seeing Edges: Plane vs Colour
– distinguishing between edges that are changes in planes or changes in colour or both
– working in an ordered way with changes in planes to achieve a sense of depth

Lesson 2 –  Seeing Edges: Hard vs Soft
– understanding the difference between hard and soft, strong and weak edges
– creating these edges with our materials
– combining our materials (especially ink and wash) for even more options

Lesson 3 – Prioritising Edges: Line
– setting out lines
– varying lines
– losing and minimising lines

Lesson 4 – Prioritising Edges: Tone
– creating a focus with hard and strong edges
– creating focus-related depth with soft and weak edges
– meeting the viewer halfway with lost and found edges


The lesson demonstrations will use a range of materials – mostly ink and watercolour with some watercolour pencils – but it is more important to use what you are familiar with. There will be no need to go and spend a lot of money up front getting any of my art tools!

Download PDF File: SkN Edges Materials List



Enroll Now: Edges Course US$69




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