Sketch NOW Think Later – Boston Workshop – June 10th & 17th SOLD OUT [WAIT LIST]


Update (April 6th) 

Both dates Sold out! Thank you for all your interest in this workshop.
I would like to take a waiting list in case a slot might open up, as well as for future workshop date announcements.

Thank you


Sketch Now Think Later Workshop

Jump into Urban Sketching with limited Time, Tools and Techniques.

  • Have you ever wanted to sketch but gave up because you didn’t know where to start or thought you didn’t have enough time?”
  • Have you ever passed up an opportunity to sketch because you were around family/friends that were non-sketchers and didn’t want to make them wait for you? 
  • Have you ever wanted to start sketching or incorporate more sketching time into your daily life but couldn’t find the time to do so?

If you answered YES to these questions, this workshop is for YOU!

Workshop description

Looking for the perfect subject, angle, composition, materials and tools to use etc. can take lots of time and bog you down even before you start sketching. In this workshop, we will pare these down to the essentials of a few tools, few techniques and few approaches so you can enjoy what you like to do in the first place: To jump right into sketching anytime, anywhere, and in any situation!

Learning goals

  1. Learn how to sketch within a limited amount of time to create better-looking work.
  2. Learn how using a limited number of tools will allow you to approach sketching situations faster.
  3. Learn a few great techniques that will allow you to capture the moment faster.

Workshop location

Downtown, Boston MA, USA

(Exact Location will be announced soon)


June 17th (Saturday) (SOLD OUT)

Additional day added:

June 10th, 2017

10AM – 1PM (3 Hours)

(Sold Out)

*Also the student number per class has been increased to 15 people per class.

Workshop Schedule/details

For this workshop, a 28 page booklet will be printed out and given to all the participants. The booklet will cover everything listed below and major sections will be covered in detail during the session. Participants will have something to take home with them for reference later on too.

1. Introduction – 15 min

Discuss the fundamentals of the sketching approach/philosophy of this workshop: the balance between Time and Energy, and why it’s delightful to create sketches all inside a limited situation.

2. Tools/Technique/Tips overview. Small Demo. Overall approach/ Straight to ink – 10 min

Overview of the 5 basic tools will be shown. Emphasis will be placed on the usage of the “fude” fountain pen and why it can be used to create an entire sketch using this 1 pen. A few tips/tricks about the pen will be covered, and then will jump right into showing a live demo of sketching from real life while setting a rough theme/composition.

3. Sketch on own 45 min

I will go around working individually with everyone and answering any questions.

4. Small Demo: Straight color to paper – 10min

Water coloring tools and techniques will be covered. In the “Sketch NOW” technique color is not mixed on the palette but is mostly done on the sketch page. 4 different approaches on how various colors are created will be shown. Minimal mixing of colors means the sketches will be done faster and the colors will unlikely come out muddy, a common problem with watercolor when colors are mixed too much.

5. Sketch on own 45 min

I will go around working individually with everyone and answering any questions.

6. Lecture/small demo: Finishing off a sketch: Annotation and Graphics/Logos – 10 min

Tips on how to finish off a sketch on location or later on will be discussed. We will be covering tips on what makes a sketch fun to view later on when adding stories, graphics, and logos relevant to the sketch that was done.

7. Sketch on own 45 min

I will go around working individually with everyone and answering any questions.

8. (Optional) Move onto lunch for a casual chat over our sketches

Since it will be lunch time, we can move onto a nearby place to eat for conversations and answering any other questions there might be.

Supply list

Materials/ tools that participants should bring.

1) Sketchbook. Any size/format that best works for you. My personal favorite is the Stillman & Birn landscape ring binder format in the size of 10” x 7”.

2) Fude Fountain Pen. These are the pens that have a bent tip to them allowing you to create thin to thick lines all in 1 pen. Various manufacturer’s make them (Hero, Duke etc) but my recommendation is the Sailor brush fountain pen. (Pen alternatives: You can use other fountain pens or water proof pens if you would like but be sure to bring 1 thin and 1 thick.) Here is an economy priced versions of the Sailor Fude pen which is quite nice. Green-Nib-Angle-55-Degrees/pd/4541

3) Ink: Since we’ll be using watercolor on top of the lines, it is best to use a converter for the fountainpens and pick an ink that is waterproof. Noodler’s black or Lexington Gray works very well, and so does Platinum Carbon Ink.

4) Water brush. 1 brush is all you need and it will easily last you a couple of years!

Medium tip is a nice size.

5) A small Water color kit. Any water kit is fine, but if you do not have one a nice intro kit can be purchased from Sakura Koi. I used the Koi for years, but then later have continued to use the outer case with colors removed with new colors added in from Holbein. I recommend having at least 18 colors. sh/pd/2896

6) White Gel Pen

Sakura Gelly Roll 08 is a nice white gel pen to add highlights in the end.

Registration fee

$50 per person

Please contact for space availability and paypal link.

*Cancellations up to May 1, 2017 will be refunded the full amount minus a cancellation fee of $5. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after May 2nd. Thank you for your understanding.

Maximum Number of Participants

12 (minimum 8)

*In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Pay Pal Fees.

About Mike:

Mike Daikubara began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to be able to communicate faster and better at his design day job. He now sketches daily to see, understand and enjoy! A Japanese-American, Mike grew up living in Tokyo and New York City. He’s currently the Director of Brand & Design Development responsible for all Industrial Design and Graphic Design disciplines at a Boston-based kitchen and bath manufacturer.

Mike has been an Urban Sketchers correspondent for Boston since 2012 and has self-published 7 sketch-related books to date. He is excited to announce his first official book to be published by Quarry books in the fall of 2017 which will be titled the same as this workshop: “Sketch NOW Think Later”.


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