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. This approach is to bring 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!


1) Sketching within a limited amount of time allows you to create better-looking work since it allows you to concentrate harder.

2) Sketching with a limited amount of tool set allows you to approach sketching situations faster.

3) Sketching with a limited amount of techniques allows you to capture the moment faster.


It will be in Boston MA, USA. The location will be convenient to go by public transporation or by car.

(Exact Location will be announced to the people that sign up)


2 separate days:

Day 1: September 1st (Sat)

Day 2: September 8th (Sat)



Number of participants:

Maximum of 15 people.


For this workshop, a 28 page booklet will be printed out and given to all the participants (Included in the fee). 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.

Introduction – 15 min


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

将展示5种基本工具的概况。重点将放在 "fude "钢笔的使用上,以及为什么使用这一支钢笔就能创作出一幅完整的素描。关于钢笔的一些提示/技巧将被涵盖,然后将直接跳到展示现实生活中的写生的现场演示,同时设定一个粗略的主题/构图。

Sketch on own – 45 min


Small Demo: Straight color to paper – 10min 

水彩画工具和技术将被涵盖。在 "现在写生 "技术中,颜色不是在调色板上混合的,而是主要在写生页上完成。我们将展示4种不同的方法来创造各种颜色。最少的颜色混合意味着草图会更快完成,而且颜色不太可能混浊,这是水彩画中颜色混合过多时的常见问题。

Sketch on own – 45 min


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


Sketch on own – 45 min



1) Sketchbook. Any size/format that best works for you. Great news! I spoke with Stillman & Birn and they will be sponsoring this workshop with free sketchbooks for everyone! S&B brand is what I have personally used for the past several years and love it.

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 (e.g. Sakura Pigma 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.

http://www.jetpens.com/Sailor-DE-Brush-Stroke-Style-Calligraphy-Fountain-Pen-Bamboo- 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. (Please note: The cartridge ink that originally comes with the Sailor pen typically is not waterproof. Be sure to do a small test on your sketchbook prior to coming to the workshop to make sure that it’s waterproof. Also the level of waterproofness is determined by the relationship of the ink and the paper material so results will vary from people to people on the combination)

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) 一个小型的水彩套装。任何水彩套装都可以,但如果你没有,可以从Sakura Koi购买一个漂亮的入门套装。我使用Koi多年,但后来又继续使用外盒,把颜色去掉,从Holbein加入新的颜色。我建议至少要有18种颜色。

http://www.jetpens.com/Sakura-Koi-Watercolor-Field-Box-Set-18-Color-Palette-Water-Bru sh/pd/2896

6) White Gel Pen Sakura Gelly Roll 08 is a nice white gel pen to add highlights in the end.


请联系 mike@daikubara.com 了解空间可用性和支付宝链接。



No refunds for cancellations received after August 18th, 2018.


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