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Escape Winter by Sketching a Fall Cityscape

Pencil Drawing



The weather outside is frightful. At least across most of the continental U.S. it is. Though the snow has me excited for the holiday season, every now and then I am nostaligic for the beautiful color of autumn in the city. Here's a shot from my neighborhood during the peak of fall that instantly makes me want to break out my art supplies. 

Chicago and Lake Michigan

Photo by Heather Linder

I love the soft, warm color palate and the combination of aesthetics that make up the city. You have the challenge of capturing skyscrapers, brick buildings, trees and water all in one view. Plus, the buildings hold reflections and shadows from the low-lying afternoon sun. This picture is almost enough to transport me to the warmer days of weeks past. Almost.

What is your favorite cityscape to draw?

Check out these tips for simplifying a scene and using templates when drawing buildings and drawing cityscapes. Give the techniques a try by drawing the above Chicago city view.

 simplify a scene drawingdrawing using templates

Lessons excerpted from Drawing Made Easy: Shortcuts & Artists' Secrets.


Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.



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