Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara
Discover a unique approach to creating art on location: start with a loose, colorful watercolor sketch, let that layer dry, then add details in ink.
The result? Sketches that are more vibrant, dynamic, and fun!
Designer, urban sketcher, and author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Sketch Now, Think Later, Mike Daikubara is your guide to this exciting method in The Urban Sketching Handbook: Color First, Ink Later:
- Start with a detailed overview of the process, from optional light pencil sketch to finishing touches
- Follow along several step-by-step demonstrations that apply the approach to a range of subjects, from still life to figures to architecture
- Get inspired by an extensive gallery of on-location sketches
You’ll learn how to let watercolor do the hard work of urban sketching and enjoy the spontaneous effects and delightful surprises you’ll see in your artwork.
The Urban Sketching Handbooks series offers location artists expert instruction on creative techniques, on-location tips and advice, and an abundance of visual inspiration. These handy references come in a compact, easy-to-carry format—perfect to toss in your backpack or artist’s tote.
Also available from the Urban Sketching Handbooks series: Understanding Light; Panoramas and Vertical Vistas; Drawing Expressive People; Techniques for Beginners; Complete Urban Sketching Companion; Drawing with a Tablet; 101 Sketching Tips; Working with Color; Sketch Now, Think Later; Understanding Perspective; People and Motion; and Architecture and Cityscapes.
The author of two books in The Urban Sketching Handbooks series—Sketch Now, Think Later and Color First, Ink Later—Mike Daikubara began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 so he could communicate better and faster at his design day job. Now he sketches daily to see, understand, and enjoy! A Japanese-American, Mike grew up between Tokyo and New York City, attending an international school with kids from all over the world. He currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Urban Sketchers, an international nonprofit dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing:
Their website, where you can find a list of regional chapters worldwide: urbansketchers.org
Facebook: Urban Sketchers