I’ve been reading Freehand Drawing and Discovery by James Richards. Richards is an architect so his drawings look like planning proposals, but it’s got a lot of good tips on creating simple but effective urban landscapes. It also mentions ‘serial visions’, a series of sequential drawings that share the experience of moving through a city (see below for the original source). So I had a go at a ‘serial vision‘ in Tenby; I didn’t have long and only managed 4 line drawings, adding the shade and colour later. Imagine you’re walking through a gate tower in the ancient city walls, past some shops, towards a tree, where you turn left. (Here’s the Google Streetview version. And there’s a Seattle urban sketcher’s attempt here.). I like the way a sequence of pictures adds the sense of time passing, and I’ll try another one in Bath soon.
Platinum sepia pigment ink in fountain pen, Lexington grey water-brush, watercolour, A5 – about 10 minutes per drawing
The idea of ‘serial visions’ appears in Gordon Cullen’s 1961 urban planning book ‘Townscape’. Here’s his explanation: