Workshop 14: Urban Sketching with Colored Pencils

Instructor:  Mark Jones


This workshop will focus on adding color and depth to your sketches by utilizing colored pencils along with graphite and pen.

Learning Goals:

Learn how the use of colored pencils, the blending of colors, and the combination with graphite or pen, or both, can enrich your sketches and bring out texture and depth.


  • colored pencils, a minimum of 12, including white, shades of blues, reds, greens, and grays (Berol Prismacolor 24-pack is a good starting set)
  • cream, terra cotta, and burnt orange are additional colors, good for buildings
  • graphite pencils of various lead weights from soft to hard: 2B, HB, 4H
  • ink pens of varying weights (Micron 02, 05, 08 or equivalent)
  • pencil sharpener

Mark’s sketches:

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To see more of Mark’s work, follow him on Instagram, @markjones4125.


What Does the Chicago Sketch Seminar Look Like?

New to the Urban Sketchers Chicago or Urban Sketchers communities?  Thinking about attending the Chicago Sketch Seminar and curious what a Chicago Sketch Seminar looks like?  Look no further. 

On July 9-10, 2016 USk Chicago will host it’s 3rd annual Chicago Sketch Seminar, a weekend filled with workshops and activities which will teach participants a wide variety of sketching techniques used in on location sketching.  Our Seminar brings together a diverse group of people with a wide range of skill levels, professional backgrounds and sketching experience.  Workshop instructors are Chicago based USk Chicago members, and participants will gather for a weekend of camaraderie, community and of course improvement of sketching skills.

Here is a short video from last year’s 2015 Chicago Sketch Seminar!

Many thanks to Kordt Larsen, USk Chicago’s resident photographer and videographer for his generous donation of time in producing this wonderful video.

Stay tuned for more Seminar announcements and information!