Citizen Sketcher



Welcome to the Archives

Welcome to the archived version of CitizenSketcher. This blog is no longer active – but, it remains chock full of advice on how to draw and paint. You can start reading anywhere and just follow the links that interest you :) OR – you could go back to the first post and experience it all in […]

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:21:01 +0000

I’m moving to Instagram!

Hey everyone! Here’s my new home on Instagram: @m.holmes.art. So- what’s going on? Well – I’ve been writing about sketching on location for ten years now. In that time you’ve seen me go from an itinerant sketch-book artist to a published author and online art-instructor, and eventually, a painter inducted into our national watercolor society. […]

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 18:19:08 +0000

Announcing a Limited Edition Print : We Own The Night

I’m excited to announce my first limited edition print “We Own The Night” From an original watercolor by Marc Taro Holmes 11×14″, printed with Epson 200-year-rated archival inks and paper Only 12 copies made $150.00 CDN + shipping Inquires by email at: marc(dot)taro(at)gmail(dot)com [detail, enlarged] This is a very limited set of only twelve impressions. I […]

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:43:56 +0000

Last video (for now): working a little more transparently

Here’s a portrait sketch (from a tiny black and white google-image). This is some more edge-pulling, but, with thinner, more transparent layers than I might use on location. Useful for more rendered things, that you want to look more three dimensional. This is the last of these edit and audio test projects I’d made. So […]

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 14:46:59 +0000

Watercolor in 2 (ish) Layers: Growing a Silhouette Shape + Sculpting Shadows

Here’s a bit longer demo (10ish minutes), showing how to grow a silhouette shape with plenty of color variation – which, you intend to cover later with a shadow shape. This is another sculptural subject, but of course, this is the same way I’d paint anything, from a landscape, to an architectural subject. Enjoy! And […]

Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:08:46 +0000

Unfortunate news about Portugal – and a video by way of apology :)

I have unfortunate news, that I will not be traveling to the 2018 Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto. I very much regret letting down the students registered for my courses, and I will very much miss sketching Portugal with friends new and old. As regular readers will know, my stepfather has progressive dementia, and we […]

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:02:20 +0000

#30x30DirectWatercolor2018 Guest Artist Wrapup

All too soon it is over! All great things must come to an end. We’re back to our everyday bland lives, with the post-partum, end-of-challenge depression. Or are we?!? Of course not! I think everyone is maybe glad to be done the marathon? – but – filled with a new excitement for watercolor, and – […]

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:51:27 +0000

Day 25 : #30x30DirectWatercolor2018; FINISHED!!!

Day 24, and 32/30! < FINISHED!!! Whoo hoo! Ding Ding! *Confetti Cannon!* *Throw’s Streamers!* All of a sudden my marathon is finished! I was thinking I’d wrap up with something easy like a set of selfies – but the day opened with great weather – and Laurel told me to take advantage of it – so […]

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:29 +0000

Day 23 : #30x30DirectWatercolor2018

Day 23, 28/30! <soooo close!!! I remember saying, If it gets tough, we can always cut corners and do some little ones :) These are 3-up on a 1/2 sheet, so that makes them about 7″ high. Post-card sized. I can taste the finish line now. Tried to paint something more serious, but gave up […]

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 13:00:24 +0000

Day 22 : #30x30DirectWatercolor2018

Day 22, and 25/30! I wonder if you will be surprised to hear – I’m getting a little tired of watercolor. If you’re still with us from day one, you might be feeling the same :) I try to stay positive around here – but this ridiculous project is getting to be a second job :) Who’s […]

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:00:44 +0000

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