Natural frames – how to start and finish your drawings

What makes a good urban composition? Where should you begin your sketches and when is it okay to finish? In drawing as opposed to photography, the artist plays a very active role in filtering their scene. This is a great power and great responsibility! 

In this workshop we will depict different elements of an urban scene — architecture, public amenities, and human activity — to give our drawings that sense of completion, even when we draw quickly in busy spaces!

Supply list

  • fountain pen (I will carry a Lamy Safari and a Kaweco Sport)
  • optional, one thicker fineliner (I will carry a micron 1.0 and a Kuretake short nib brush pen)
About the instructor

Nishant Jain

Nishant Jain is an artist, writer, and podcaster. He walks around cities with a sketchbook and draws human activity in public spaces. Every week he shares his art and observations with thousands of readers on his bestselling Substack publication. As the host of the SneakyArt Podcast, he has deep, long-form conversations with artists who draw from observation of their environment. Recently, Nishant was the official artist-in-residence with TransLink, as part of a program to bring art and culture to Vancouver’s public transit.

When: Saturday, July 15, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Check-in at Graphite Arts Center.