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Jacksonville Skyline Sketch

This drawing is my second attempt at urban sketching.   The Art of Urban Sketching book has inspired me to go into downtown Jacksonville with my drawing materials.  It was fun to start the drawing outside in a park across the river.  It got hot very quickly and I finished the drawing back at the house. I enjoy getting jazzed up about drawing new subjects.  Although, at the same time, I look forward to practicing this type of sketching to achieve improvement.  Stay tuned for more!


  1. Tracey Mayo says:

    Great, really captures downtown and the landing!

  2. Angie Winn says:

    Love it!

    • drawinghand says:

      Thank you Angie, good to get your feedback. I was not feeling very secure with the drawing technique and yet I am hearing that people are enjoying the image. Take care – Prof. Stephanie

  3. Adina Pavlesich says:

    This is very cool! So this was your first time drawing the downtown skyline? I’m curious as to how long it took you to finish and which parts you drew from home.

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Adina- thank you for your interest in this drawing. I spent about an hour on site and blocked out the buildings, the Landing area and the boats. At the house I added the texture and pattern to the buildings, water and the trees. It is hard to say how much time this took because I worked on it on and off during the week. Maybe 4 or 5 hours at the house. Stephanie

  4. Lydia Mathews says:

    I am really enjoying the variety of line weights that you are using to capture the shadowing and values for each element. My favorites are the crosshatching and straightlines. It’s got a great rhthym to it. Great job!

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Lydia- I appreciate your comments and observations. I am interested in your use of rhythm as a descriptive quality. I am attracted to repetition and rhythm in design elements. Exterior buildings often have architectural features that are repeated. I also think of music with both repetition and rhythm, it would be fun to study the connection of these two arts. I would think that musical composition uses the elements and principles of design also. Prof. Stephanie

      • Lydia Matthews says:

        The image just has this funky beat to it that makes me want to dance, as if you drew it during the Jazz Festival. There has to be a correlation between architecture and music because they are both two forms of art. When I looked up the word “art” in the thesaurus I found: Art- craft, skill, cunning, science, techniques, and fine arts. Aren’t these some of the core foundation for musical creations? And to me the same goes for the art of dance, sculpting, painting, architect, designing, fashion, and more.

      • Shelly Neri says:

        I would like to add a comment to your discussion about music using repetition as an element, as design does. I’ve never thought much about the comparison before, but I remember when I was studying piano and was daunted by memorizing a piece, my teacher reminded me that I really only had to memorize about half of it, because music is almost always made up of repeating themes, and once I memorized it the first time, I just had to know when to insert that part again. I do think that most art forms utilize the same principles we do in design!

  5. Lisa Tatum says:

    This looks great!

  6. Shelly Neri says:

    I am very impressed with your skyline sketch! At first glance, it looks very overwhelming. What I appreciate about my drawing classes with you, though, is that I have learned to break the whole down into manageable parts. When I do that, I can see that this is mostly a collection of boxes! (although very well done 🙂 )

    • drawinghand says:

      You just gave me another Creative Strategy idea, breaking down the whole down into managing parts. I have found this to be the most successful way to draw images that are complicated and overwhelming. Find the box shape and work from this.

  7. Sabrina Hayes says:

    Wow! This is a nice sketch of downtown. Looks as if you had a good view, I really like all the details you added to the drawing, how each window was carefully draw on each building, the landing roof top, and the boats floating in the water added character to the drawing.

  8. “Jacksonville Skyline Sketch | Drawing + Hand” genuinely got myself
    simply addicted on ur blog! I actuallydefinitely will be returning far more normally.
    Thank you ,Jermaine

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Jermaine,
      Great to get your comment and I am pleased that you will be viewing the blog. I think you will enjoy my new posts as I add more marker rendering images. Take care – Stephanie

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    on our site. Keep up the good writing.

  10. You made Jacksonville look like a fun place to be! I like your style.

  11. Ashley Byrd says:

    Wow! I absolutely love this! You did such a great job. You captured all of the small details perfectly, which makes the drawing outstanding!

  12. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
    as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about,
    why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos
    to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    • drawinghand says:

      Thank you for your note. Honestly, writing is very challenging for me. I prefer to talk about my drawing process. I understand that you are looking for more written explanations of this process. I appreciate your point of view.

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