Urban Sketching Sunflower Edition Online Workshop

Welcome to Ian Fennelly's Urban Sketching Sunflower Edition online workshop! Filmed in studio, urban sketching instructor and artist, Ian Fennelly, shares his process of  drawing a beautiful cluster of sunflowers from life first in B&W and then in colour in this 1 hour 47 minute online workshop hosted on Ruzuku. Students are invited to sketch along with a video of the sunflowers or they may choose from 8 different photos of the sunflowers taken at different angles.

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24/7 Lifetime Access

Participants have lifetime access to the workshop material and can study the material when and as often as they like. 

How to Enroll

This workshop is hosted on Ruzuku. After checkout you will receive an invitation to enroll in the course. If you already have a Ruzuku account, please leave at checkout the email you use to sign in to Ruzuku. 

Workshop Supply List

  1. Tombow Brush Pens: N15, N45, N79, N65, and N89.

  2. Spiral Bound A3 Sketchbook 140lb HP or loose paper. I like Fabriano brand. Click HERE for a link to order online.

  3. Fine liner pens – from 0.1 – 0.8 Pilot, Staedtler, Faber Castell, Derwent – any of these brands are fine.

  4. Watercolour pan set– I use Winsor & Newton but any good brand will do. Colours needed: Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Yellow Medium, Burnt Sienna and Sap Green.

  5. Watercolour brushes – variety of sizes from flats to small round heads. 

Success Criteria


  • Take your time and look carefully

  • Know a variety of different tone creates depth

  • Use hatching techniques

  • Start with big shapes to outline the composition


  • Use a variety of tone

  • Blend with brush pens

  • Hatch with fine liners

  • Vary the thickness of lines

  • Notice small details


  • Hatching creates different textures

  • A variety of tone creates depth and makes your sketch more realistic

  • Layering brush pens creates additional tones

  • White space creates positive gaps and lets the picture breathe

  • The more you look, the more you see, the more you understand.

The knowledge is your starting point – what you bring along, the skills are what you practice throughout the process, and your understanding is what you come away with. Then it all starts over again.


"I've been a long time admirer of Ian's sketches since encountering him at Sketchbook Skool. I was delighted to be able to take a class online with him. Ian's light-hearted, wonky, fun sketches capture street scenes with detail and unusual colors. His process of capturing a street scene was broken down into very specific manageable skills. I think my favorite part of this online class was that Ian's delight in being physically present and fun attitude about sketching manifests itself in his work. I can't wait to try these techniques over and over again."--Amy Bean 


"I highly recommend Ian’s workshops. He’s a wonderful artist and if you love urban sketching you won’t find a better teacher. Plus you’ll see a huge improvement in your work."--Mary Riley 


"Having attended live workshops with Ian, I had no hesitation in signing up for this online video workshop. Ian is a remarkable artist and urban sketcher. His teaching style is enthusiastic and methodical, and he will leave you feeling inspired."--Jon Moss 


I just wanted to thank Ian for his kind teaching methods. I was blessed to experience an undivided hour of his time this morning, through the one-on-one critique. I came away with some great insights on how to improve my work, that will hopefully lift me up another rung on my art journey. I know this is not in reach for a lot of people right now, but I wanted to let people know. It was a great experience."--Monica Hoeffel Murphy 


"I had already seen Ian's videos on YouTube and was very impressed with the way he drew. Since English is not my mother tongue, I was afraid that I would not understand what he said. But it all worked out quite well. The way he approaches a drawing is so logical that I just do it now and it helps me a lot. A very clear recommendation from me."--Martin Pesch