Urban Sketching

Steven Reddy draws detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors and complex still-lifes on location in ink and watercolor. A teacher with Seattle Public Schools since 1998, Reddy spent 2010 traveling throughout Southeast Asia, teaching English and recording his experiences in his sketchbook journals. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Journey. Steven currently teaches Drawing and Illustration at Gage Academy in Seattle, teaches two popular on-line classes with Craftsy.com, is an active member of Urban Sketchers, and is kept busy with private commissions. Reddy has published two large format illustrated memoirs which showcase drawings spanning 35 years from his obsessive sketchbook diaries. Now Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, and the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now, a 282-page, full-color, 8.5″ x 11″ illustrated memoir.

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1:30-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
First classes at Gage and then on location as determined by class & instructor
  • Uni-Ball Vision pen, fine and micro points
  • Waterproof India Ink (Black) (not Higgins brand)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Watercolor brushes, Rounds #1,2, 4 and 6
  • Graphite pencil 2B or softer
  • Watercolor paints (Set of 12 minimum)
  • 12″ x 9″, Montval Multi-purpose 90 lb paper (or similar watercolor paper- NOT Bristol)
Go on location and create detailed interior drawings. Begin with how to select a scene and learn tips for breaking down complex interiors into basic shapes and contours. Then, bring work to life with ink washes and learn graphic shading techniques to refine the details. Urban sketch artist Steven Reddy will teach a step-by-step process to avoid being overwhelmed by complex scenes. First set of classes will meet at Gage Capitol Hill and then be on location as determined by class and instructor.