Sketching-on-the-Spot with Bob Altwein

July 08, 2022



When: July 8th, 2022 at 11:00 am – 12:30 (PST)

Sketching-on-the-Spot with Bob Altwein

Sketching can be a portal to all kinds of subject matter!  Join Bob Altwein in this demo as he explores a variety of themes: people that one knows (or doesn’t), public spaces, in your home, food, rural or wilderness settings, travelling/road trips, social reportage and even storytelling. Prepare for fun and to discover a theme or two that might resonate with you!

Demo participants will see the use of waterproof ink in fountain pens – with or without watercolour, coloured pencil with or without watercolour as well as watercolour pencil just on its own. For the primal sketching experience, Bob will even touch on drawing lines with a sharpened twig and regular ink. At the heart of all this is exploring and immersing oneself in observation with our art materials. 

Bob will also discuss how mood and atmosphere can be achieved with line and colour as well as the added drama of the composition itself. This could be as simple as having your subject matter go right off the edge of the paper or by working with the rule of thirds. 



Material List: 

Watercolour SetTransparent (Koi Sakura 24 colour set, Opus Essential Watercolours Tin Sets)

Watercolour Palette (20 pans)

* Fill 12 of the pans with these suggested watercolour pigments which Opus carries: Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Turquoise, Titanium Buff, Carbozole Violet, Yellow Ochre and Aeolian or Cobalt yellow, Pyrrol Red). With 8 empty pans left, you could find the colours that you might like to add later.

Water-Based GouacheOpaque (Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache Intro Set of 6 or Talens Art Creation, 12 tubes)

Graphite Pencils (Bruynzeel 2B Graphite Pencil or  Staedtler Mars  Lumograph 100 Pencil 2B)

Coloured Pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils Set of 12, Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer set of 12 Watercolour Pencils)

Watercolour Brushes (Opus Allegro or Escoda Prado #4 round and #10 round, half-inch flat)

Pens (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, 08 nib and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, F (0.5 mm) or M (0.7 mm) nib)

Paper (Hahnemühle Watercolour Sketchbooks or Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media, Arches Hot Press, Mixed Media Canson Edition Paper)

Erasers (Faber-Castell Kneadable Artist Eraser with case or Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser)

Staedtler Double-Hole Tub Pencil Sharpener 

Roll Up Bag (Roll up bag holder canvas or nylon pouch for brushes and drawing tool)

Faber Castell Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot  


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Artist Bio:

Apart from sketching and painting I worked as a graphic designer. Drawing started in childhood, which became sketching in high school and later in art school too. Shortly after retiring over a decade ago, I returned to this with passion and even joined the Vancouver Urban Sketchers Meet Up, where I became one of the co-organizers (hosting some of the meetups). Another highlight was an artist residency in Eastend, Sask, in 2017. The following year I went to Europe which included sketching and meeting urban sketchers in Kyiv, Hamburg, Berlin and Paris. Under pandemic conditions, sketching-on-the spot led me to clinics (where I got vaccinated at the same time), taped off playgrounds and even to pursuing virtual portrait sessions with other artists and friends.P

July 08, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm