WS 13 – It’s All in the Details: Expressing Architectural Details, Ornament, and Building Elements with Color Pencils


Instructor:  Mark Jones


This workshop will focus on drawing with color pencils, which utilize a medium not often used in urban sketching. With a focus on the detail of architecture such as doorways, windows, building ornaments, and other structures, the vibrancy and palette of color pencils allow for expressing the richness and textures of these elements.

Learning Goals:

Participants will broaden their skills using color pencils. They will:

  • Learn how the blending and layering of color pencils can bring out texture, depth, and richness in their sketches.
  • Learn how different grades of paper affect the color pencil application.
  • Learn blending and shading techniques of color pencils with graphite.
  • Learn techniques to sketch windows, water, and sky.
  • Learn techniques for sketching brick, stone, and field of color.
  • Learn techniques for sketching quickly with color pencil.

Supply List:

  • Color pencils: A minimum of a 24-pack is recommended. Additional pencils of
    white, shades of blues, reds, greens, and grays. Cream, Terra Cotta, and Burnt
    Orange are additional colors suitable for buildings and ornament; Caran d’Ache
    Luminance, Caran d’Ache Pablo, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent, and
    Berol Prismacolor are all good brands of pencil.
  • Fountain Pen
  • Ink pens of varying weights (Micron 02, 05, 08) or equivalent
  • Sketchbook or pad of paper, minimum A5 size. Smooth grained paper is preferred but not required.
  • Graphite pencils: Various lead weights from soft to hard; 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H.
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Small stool or chair (optional)