I am taking an online mixed media class with one of my urban sketching favorites, Mark Taro Holmes. His first lesson in the course was on single-line and 5-7 line sketches. They are mostly continuous line drawings done with a fine line pen and then adding dark tones with a brush pen.
Here is a link to Mark's workshop in case you are interested. This is a short video that gives you an overview of his class. Since it was offered at such a discount I couldn't pass it up.
On Saturday when I got into the city I had about an hour to walk from Penn Station on 32nd St to where the NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting at 5th and 23rd St. On the way I saw a view that looked perfect for the first lesson, so I stopped to sketch. The goal of the single line sketch is to be able to capture a scene quickly, which is perfect for sketching when traveling or when you are somewhere with "non-sketchers." This probably took me about 10 minutes.
When I was done I headed down to Madison Park to meet the group. I still had a little time to sit outside the park and sketch the iconic Flatiron Building. It has an incredible number of windows, but I left out most of them. Although this was not a single-line sketch I did use the idea of the brush pen for some darks to make it pop.
Tomorrow I will show you what was in the park!!!