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Modern Urban Sketching Techniques with Mixed Media

A course by Jenny Adam , Product Designer and Illustrator

Product Designer and Illustrator. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined December 2020

Immortalize urban street scenes and capture the flair of your favorite city with different painting techniques

  • Best seller German with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (239)
  • 4656 students

Immortalize urban street scenes and capture the flair of your favorite city with different painting techniques

Want to learn how to shake up your streetscapes? Jenny Adam is an illustrator specializing in urban sketching who works with limited color palettes and focuses on brightness, mid-tones, and shadows. Her work stands out thanks to a colorful, eye-catching, and dynamic style and aims to convey unconventional ways of thinking, sensual lines, and expressive colors by experimenting with different materials. As a product designer, she has received several awards and her pieces have appeared in media publications like Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

In this course, she teaches you how to use different methods to enhance your lively urban drawings by mixing techniques. Try new tools and work with limited color palettes and concepts. Under Jenny's expert guidance, discover an easy way to create complex scenes and illustrate vibrant streets bursting with color. Dive into the world of urban sketching and brighten your scenes with color!

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 21 downloads

Materials for the course
6 minutes, 51 seconds
Dealing with color
13 minutes, 59 seconds
Colorful primer: throw paint!
5 minutes, 2 seconds
From line to shape
9 minutes, 33 seconds
Negative shape and shadow shape
6 minutes, 58 seconds
Choosing composition and motif
9 minutes, 20 seconds
German with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (239)
  • 4656 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 39m)
  • 21 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Draw a bustling urban scene that is simple yet alive with color.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in drawing and sketching. You don't need any prior knowledge, although a little drawing and painting experience would be helpful.

Requirements and materials

You need paints (such as watercolors, gouache, acrylics, and inks), paintbrushes, colored pencils, fine-tipped markers, crayons, and paper or a sketchbook.


4656 Students
239 Reviews
99% Positive ratings
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Jenny Adam

A course by Jenny Adam

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Product Designer and Illustrator

Jenny Adam comes from a family of artists and has been painting and drawing since she can remember. After finishing her studies, she threw herself into product design and, in 2018, won the iF DESIGN AWARD for her work. She started urban sketching as a hobby, but quickly perfected her skills in the technique. Later, she began teaching drawing classes and workshops, as well as organizing exhibitions, which led her to receive more and more illustration commissions. Jenny regularly participates in urban sketching events and is co-founder of an association of urban sketchers, which celebrated their first meeting in Germany in 2015.

For her, urban drawing is a form of visual expression that allows her to simultaneously draw inspiration from her surroundings. Her artistic influences include German painter Käthe Kollwitz, American painter Elizabeth Peyton, illustrator Benoît Guillaume, and painter Fairfield Porter. Jenny works primarily as an illustrator for her newspaper and magazine clients. From her studio in Hamburg, she creates work for clients from all over Europe. She has also collaborated with mejor companies like Lufthansa, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, and Alnatura, among others.


  • U1


    • About me
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    Mixed media and material

    • Introduction to urban sketching and mixed media
    • Materials for the course
    • Dealing with color
    • Colorful primer: throw paint!
  • U3

    Lines, shapes and composition

    • From line to shape
    • Negative shape and shadow shape
    • Choosing composition and motif
  • U4

    Paint an urban scene in mixed media

    • Define the atmosphere and color palette
    • Drawing: Big Shapes
    • Drawing: details and finalization
  • U5

    According to the sketch

    • Photograph and share the drawing
    • The kitchen cabinet studio: Extraordinary household materials
  • FP

    Final project

    • Modern Urban Sketching Techniques with Mixed Media

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Modern Urban Sketching Techniques with Mixed Media. Illustration course by Jenny Adam Best seller

Modern Urban Sketching Techniques with Mixed Media

A course by Jenny Adam
Product Designer and Illustrator. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined December 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (239)
  • 4656 students