Workshop 4: Flora and Fauna in Situ

Instructor:  Deirdre Fox


Strategies and tips for quickly capturing flora and fauna in the urban setting by gesturally capturing trees, bushes, landscapes, and animal impressions in situ.

Learning Goals:

  • Learn how to hold and move your drawing tool to facilitate quick sketching.
  • Learn multiple strategies for capturing the basic form and expressive character of landscape elements and animals (sitting, walking, moving, or whatever else we see them doing in urban settings).  Strategies include silhouettes/masses, contours, key strokes, and more.
  • Improve focus on the observed flora or animal’s particular character.  For the animals, we will be a bit dependent on how many people walk their dogs!  But, Chicago is full of dog lovers!  Perhaps we’ll see a bunch of squirrels.  Almost certainly, we’ll see some pigeons.  And, of course, trees, bushes, weeds…

Supplies List:

  • 2B graphite pencils
  • Vine charcoal
  • Bottle of black ink
  • Inexpensive, medium sized round watercolor brush (size 8 or 10)
  • Small bottle of water

Deirdre’s sketches:




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  1. Pingback: Meet Our Instructors: Deirdre Fox | USk Chicago Sketch Seminar 2016

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