Frugal Sketcher’s Dozen

20% OFF when you buy 9 courses plus 3 demos

It’s been such a joy creating online courses and hearing from sketchers all over the world, that I wanted to make it even easier for others to join me. That’s why I’ve now packaged my first nine courses and three demos in the Frugal Sketcher’s Dozen.

The 'Dozen' represents the most comprehensive tour of my essential lessons: More than 20 hours of intensive instruction to help you “see,” plan and sketch in watercolour. To help you grasp the fundamentals. To help you apply them to just about any scene. And, most important, to help you grow as a sketcher and artist.

You’ll learn a great deal

Purchased individually, these courses would normally cost $315 USD (or $423 CDN), but I’m now bundling them for $249 USD (or $339 CDN). Join me as we cover essential lessons such as:

  • Planning and composing your scene
  • Laying down “good bones” with pencil or pen
  • Using a limited palette to give your sketch overall unity
  • Simplifying complex scenes for clarity and focus
  • Dealing with challenging subjects, such as water and snow, through easy-to-apply techniques
  • Using shadows, darks and edges to impart volume and presence
  • Animating your sketch with elements of storytelling 

Throughout, I provide continuous commentary on every decision I make during the sketching process: the what and why of every step. So you can apply what you learn to every sketching situation, both at home and in the field. 

Learn to grow

There’s a big, beautiful world out there, and it’s up to you to capture it in all its glory. Let me show you how. The Frugal Sketcher’s Dozen includes nine full-length instructional courses plus three short demos.

Luminous Colour for Sketchers: Mastering Pigment and Water on Paper

  • Mix bold, saturated colours by using the right balance of water and pigment
  • Allow pigments to blend right on the paper
  • Achieve glowing results by pairing complementary colours
  • Use triads of colour to change the mood of your sketch

Sketching Winter: Capturing the Colours of Snow

  • Plan your lights and darks before putting brush to paper
  • Contrast warm and cool colours to convey distance and add variety to monochromatic scenes
  • Mix my favourite triad of pigments for painting shadows on snow
  • Use design techniques to strengthen and simplify your composition

Mexican Street Scene: Sketching Urban Life and Texture

  • Capture the feeling and character of a specific place
  • Control the water/pigment ratio on your brush and paper for wet-in-wet skies
  • Create pictorial focus through contrast and colour 
  • Add people to your scene and give them presence through light and shadow
  • Mix brighter, fresher colours right on the palette
  • Use watercolour techniques for fresher and brighter buildings, skies, people and cars

Sketching Boats: Simple Solutions for a Complex Scene

  • Use pattern and repetition to strengthen your composition
  • Plan lights and darks before starting your sketch
  • Use a limited palette to enhance colour harmony in your sketch
  • Create visual focus with colour, contrast and value
  • Work from larger shapes to smaller details

Sketching Fresh Flowers: Late Summer Blooms

  • Make value sketches for better results
  • Unify floral sketches by massing blooms into large shapes
  • Mix my best colour combos for vibrant blooms and foliage
  • Achieve richer, more complex colours by mixing on the paper instead of the palette
  • Simplify the complex shapes inside a glass vase
  • Use the most effective water-to-pigment ratio for painting flowers

The Broken Mill: A Location Sketching Class

  • Assemble your own compact, transportable sketching kit
  • Choose a subject that tells a story
  • Create a values thumbnail to establish composition, along with lights and darks
  • Use rough pencil lines to block in shapes and composition
  • Put down saturated colour the right way, the first time
  • Combine ink and wash to create a lively under-structure
  • Use shadows to give your main subject volume

Still, Rushing, Falling Water: Sketching its Wonder in Watercolour

  • Choose the right brush for getting the best edges on falling water
  • Load your brush with just enough water to paint waves and texture
  • Use wet-in-wet technique for painting reflections
  • Simplify water and reflections on any scene — from puddles to ocean waves
  • Get fresh results by using the precise amount of pigment

Light, Colour, Shadow: The Essential Triad for Watercolour Sketching

  • Deploy lights and darks so sunlit scenes come alive
  • Give subjects form and value by painting their shadows
  • Mix colours for subjects that are in both sun and shade
  • Create your own glowing shadow colours
  • Mix the right water-to-pigment ratio for shadows

Sketching Structure in the Garden with Watercolour and Ink

  • Analyze a scene to create a dynamic composition
  • Paint a wet-in-wet sky
  • Create more varied foliage colours from my proven recipes
  • Mix brights and neutrals you can apply to any sketch
  • Use darks to create more impactful sketches

My Five Favourite Watercolour Brushes

  • The basic brushes I use and why I use them
  • How each brush produces its own stroke and has its own purpose
  • The choices I make when buying a brush

My Favourite Plein Air Sketching Tools

  • My lightweight, easy-to-carry on-location kit
  • Why I choose better quality equipment that’s comfortable and easy to set up
  • How it makes travel easier by car or plane

Ink & Wash Ideas for Sketchers

  • Use unfamiliar sketching tools and colours on a single subject to...
  • Stretch your imagination 
  • Sharpen your skills
  • Add fun to your sketching practice

9 courses + 3 demos. 20+ hours. Yours forever.

Once you’re registered for these online courses, they’re yours to stream as often as you like, 24/7. And you have the ability to pause, go back and review. So you’re always in step with what I’m demonstrating on screen.

My full-length courses include:

  • Downloadable reference photos, so we’re sharing the same subject
  • PDF lists of tools and materials
  • Bonus tips, such as car sketching in the winter and tips for simplifying scenes

To watch the trailers for each course in the Frugal Sketcher’s Dozen, click on "All Courses," above right.

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In what order should I watch these courses?

Here is the order I suggest, and this is mainly because this goes from easiest to more complex.

1: Sketching Structure in the Garden

This is the easiest of the courses because the drawing part of it is quite simplified. And you work in ink so there is less watercolour to add in the later stages. And there is just one project.

2: The Broken Mill

This is also one scene, filmed on location, so you will be able to see what I am looking at. It is the logical next step from the Garden course

3. Still, Rushing, Falling Water

This will be a nice change from the Mill class and you will learn to get looser with your washes.

4. Sketching Fresh Flowers

People love this course because there are three flower exercises that are really fun to do, and you will have good practice with the watercolour by now.

5. Light, Colour, Shadow

There are more exercises in this course but by now you will be used to my teaching style.

6. Sketching Winter

The drawing part of this is not too complex, and it will be fun for you to do shadows on snow

7. Luminous Colour for Sketchers

The drawing part of this one is not too complex and you will be used to colour mixing from previous courses

8. Mexican Street Scene

The drawing part of this one is more complex, and there are figures in the scene, so it will take a bit more time

9. Sketching Boats

Probably the most complex of the courses, but you will have had lots of practice.


How long will I have access to these courses?

Once you sign up, the courses are yours to watch whenever and as often as you like.

Who are these courses for?

You should have some basic experience drawing, sketching or painting.

What tools will I need?

We’ll cover drawing and painting tools in some detail at the start of each course, and you can download a list of materials. If you draw and paint in watercolour, you’ll likely have all or most of what's needed among your art supplies.

Will I have access to all the courses at once?

Yes, once you register you’ll have access to all the lessons so you can start learning, drawing and painting immediately.

How do I find the courses I am enrolled in?

Once you've enrolled, go to the top of the page and look for the "My Courses" tab. All the courses you have registered for are right there.

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