Architectural Sketching for Urban Illustrations

A course by yolahugo
Architect, Professor, Illustrator and Urban Sketcher. Valencia, Spain.
Joined May 2020
, Architect, Professor, Illustrator and Urban Sketcher

Discover the art of urban sketching by using perspective and composition techniques to bring your ideas to life

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (136)
  • 3100 students

Discover the art of urban sketching by using perspective and composition techniques to bring your ideas to life



Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (136)
  • 3100 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 48m)
  • 38 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Capturing the essence of urban spaces, their features and architecture requires technique, practice, and above all, emotional awareness. The award-winning illustrator Hugo Barros, also known as yolahugo on social media, is a professional architect with a serious passion for urban sketching. He has been practicing the art of drawing every day since 2010 and the primary muse for his work are the streets.

Join yolahugo in this course and learn the art of architectural sketching. Discover key concepts and techniques for composition, perspective, and applying color to create an urban illustration that reflects the nature of the space, the rhythm of the streets and the different stories they have to tell.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Material, examples of drawings and perspective
  • U3
    U3. In situ drawing: from the first lines to color
  • U4
    U4. Presentation of your drawing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by learning a bit about yolahugo's background in urban sketching. He shares some of his main influences and gives you an overview of what you're going to learn and practice during the course.

After going over the instructor's recommended materials, learn about the value of empathy, communication and universality in design. Discover different ways to work with perspective and take note of the particularities of drawing an elevation view. Complement what you've learned with some quick exercises that teach you the basics of watercolors and using colors in your work.

Hit the streets and draw in situ. First, choose a perspective as the starting point for your sketch and define the foundations of your illustration. Drawing the first lines will help you discover the importance of creating a skeleton that your drawing will be built around. Create a detailed illustration and then add colors to bring the atmosphere of the space you selected to life.

Lastly, create a digital copy of your illustration and learn how to retouch it in Photoshop and get it post-ready for Instagram; yolahugo lets you in on some of his secrets for maximizing social media and showcasing your illustration for the world to see.

What is this course's project?

Hit the streets and create an urban illustration that conveys the atmosphere of the spot you've chosen as well as your own personal vision.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

People with a passion for drawing, whether they're beginners or professional sketch artists.

Anyone who wants to learn how to create an in situ observational drawing that conveys their surrounding environment and, particularly, understand the concepts of perspective.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course; the most important thing you need is a desire to learn and a passion for design.

The material list for this course includes a 2B pencil or a pen with multiple thicknesses (it can be a rollerball, felt-tip, permanent ink, etc.), paper with a proper weight for sketching, or a sketch book. If you'd like to add color to your work, we recommend you use waterproof ink, watercolors, and a highly-absorbent size 12 brush.


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3100 Students
136 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

yolahugo

A course by yolahugo

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Architect, Professor, Illustrator and Urban Sketcher

Hugo Barros, also known as yolahugo on social media, is a Portuguese artist currently living in Valencia, Spain. His love for drawing stretches back to his childhood, and the streets are his main source of inspiration. He creates illustrations of complex spaces that not only portray their physical characteristics, but also convey their atmosphere.

He starts his creative process by switching between quick strokes and splotches of color, a secret technique that he's been teaching since 2005 as a professor at the Technical School of Architecture of Valencia. As a member of the urban sketchers community, he also teaches urban illustration courses in a number of countries and regularly exhibits his work in Europe and the United States. Winner of the "Coup de coeur" award and the "Sketch 4 Freedom Contest," he also illustrated the storyboard for the movie We the Animals. Since 2010, he posts his sketches daily on his blog titled "a fresh drawing everyday."


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
    • Presentation
  • U2

    Material, examples of drawings and perspective

    • Materials
    • Drawing 1
    • Drawing 2
    • Perspective and vanishing points 1
    • Perspective and vanishing points 2
    • Perspective and vanishing points 3
    • Differences and similarities in drawing on a high plane
    • Notions of watercolor and color
  • U3

    In situ drawing: from the first lines to color

    • Select the point of view and define the drawing bases
    • First lines 1
    • First lines 2
    • Design
    • Details and color
  • U4

    Presentation of your drawing

    • Publishing on Instagram
    • Digital treatment
  • FP

    Final project

    • Architectural Sketching for Urban Illustrations

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Architectural Sketching for Urban Illustrations. Illustration course by yolahugo

Architectural Sketching for Urban Illustrations

A course by yolahugo
Architect, Professor, Illustrator and Urban Sketcher. Valencia, Spain.
Joined May 2020
  • 96% positive reviews (136)
  • 3100 students