I have spent many many hours over the years painting on street corners for the love of urban sketching and all it involves. As such, in my pursuit of finding what works for me and in improving my skills I have tested many paints, brushes and sketchbooks; taken many courses and read many books.
This is where I have collected the things I love and would heartily recommend to anyone who is starting, or already well into their urban sketching journey.
I may recommend something below that I have not tried but I know for a fact so many urban sketchers love and recommend it. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money (yet) to try every product or course on the market, however, I listen to, watch and read a lot about urban sketching as well as interviews with urban sketchers so I tend to know what is a highly regarded product or resource amongst the urban sketching community.
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I link to Amazon for the sake of convenience but I want to support art supply stores where possible. Obviously, I cannot link to stores in every country. Where possible I link to stores in the UK and US that I know of and trust (such as Jackson’s Art and Blick Art Materials).
I urge you to support your local art store wherever possible – keep small independent businesses alive!
Jacksons Art Watercolour Sets [Jacksons Art]
Hahnemuhle Toned Watercolour Sketchbook [Amazon]
Rosemary & Co Dagger Travel Brush [Rosemary & Co]
Rosemary & Co Series 772 Sable Blend Dagger Brush [Rosemary & Co] (I use the 1/2″ with a short handle)
Pigma Micron Brush Pen [Amazon]
TWSBI Eco fountain pen [Amazon]
Ink (to fill fountain pens)
Platinum Carbon Ink [Amazon]
Here are some of my favourite books on urban sketching, I can’t list them all as I would be here all day!
For a far more in-depth discussion on my favourite urban sketching books, check out this post.
I love Craftsy, you will find many prominent urban sketchers offering courses there as well as a plethora of other art classes. For more in-depth information on my favourite urban sketching classes, check out this post.
My favourite urban sketching classes over there are by James Richards. Teoh Yi Chie also has a few courses which are super fun to watch too.
Another fantastic place to find high-quality art courses is Domestika.
These are some of my favourite classes currently: