Wild Times at the Zoo

Long lines and a lot of miscommunication today but the three of us managed to get some sketching done today at the Honolulu Zoo. Sorry Ivan for the mixed up time. You were right, the line was sooooo long. That’s why we moved the meeting time to noon.

The Zoo is huge but the three of us wore our Urban Sketching t-shirts and found each other pretty easily in the crowd. Once inside, we split up and drew separately but amazing, we all drew the same elephant!

Next week Saturday will be at the Zoo again. What animals will you draw?

Monkey Around With Us 

Join us on June 25th and July 2nd at the Honolulu Zoo as we look for fun and interesting animals and/or people to sketch. Feel free to join us on both Saturdays or just one day.

Entrance fee for Kama’aina is $8. Driver’s license or State ID is required for the discount. There is metered parking available.

The Zoo opens at 10am on Saturday so we will meet at the Zoo entrance. 

If attending the group event at the Zoo, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, June 24th with your name and phone number. Please be considerate of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.

To prep for our sketching event, Christine is doing live demos on Thursdays at 6pm. Email us if you want to join and we will send you a link. If you missed the last one, Christine recorded the session and posted it in this blog for all to enjoy.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Video: Drawing Exercises, Hatching, 3D Forms

Here’s the video from yesterday’s drawing demo on Zoom.

The next drawing demo will be on Thursday, 6/23, from 6pm-7:30pm HST on Zoom. I will go more into 3D organic forms and will demo drawing an insect and lizard.

On Saturday, 6/25 we will be meeting for urban sketching at the Honolulu Zoo from 10:00am-12:00pm HST. Hope to see you there!

Send a message to uskoahu@gmail.com if you would like to join either events.

Animal Drawing Demos

Drawing Demos will be every Thursday for the next 3 weeks (6/16, 6/23, 6/30) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom. They’ll be recorded and posted here on the Urban Sketchers Oahu blog if you cannot attend live.

The first session (6/16) is a pre-req for the other two demos. I’ll be going over drawing exercises, hatching, cross-contours. Basically, fundamentals to set you up for drawing animals.

The second and third sessions I’ll be demonstrating how I go about drawing different animals. The 6/23 session will be easier starting with insects and other invertebrate, and also lizards. The 6/30 session will cover vertebrate animals. Each session builds from the previous one.

If you want to attend send a message to uskoahu@gmail.com so that we can send you a zoom link.

Going Wild

We’re going to try something a little different for June and July.

On June 25th and July 2, we are sketching both Saturdays at Honolulu Zoo. You can attend both days or just one. Kama’aina admission to the zoo is $8. ID is required.

And on June 16th, 23rd, and 30th, Christine has offered to host animal drawing demos on those Thursdays. Please email uskoahu@gmail.com if attending and I will send you a zoom link to join.

More details will be announced soon but wanted to let you know so you can start thinking about it.

Adorable kitties. Furry rabbits. High energy dogs.

How do you urban sketch with so many cute animals around? Of course the most common challenge was that animals are in constant motion especially the kittens.

Yet, we Urban Sketchers are always up to the challenge. Some of us sketch fast while others looked for more sleepy animals to sketch. 

Thank you all for joining us at Hawaiian Humane Society today. A special shout out to Bruce and Nancy visiting from Urban Sketchers Houston! Always great to meet fellow traveling Urban Sketchers.

Until next time, happy sketching!

Let’s try this again

I apologize that we had to postpone our sketching event last month. The Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS) asked if we could reschedule to the end of May. I haven’t heard back from them since April, but here it is the end of May so let’s try this again.

Please note that HHS doesn’t open until 11am so we will meet at the entrance at 11am. If you arrive after 11am, you can most likely find me near the cat house checking out the purr-fect animal friend to sketch. We’ll sketch from 11am to 12:30pm and meet in the courtyard at 12:30 to share our sketches.

If attending, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, May 27th with your name and phone number. Please be considerate of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

April 30th event – POSTPONED

Sorry for the last minute notice. We have to move our sketch event at the Hawaiian Humane Society to May. Please check back in May for a new date.

In the meantime, let’s use our free time this weekend to get out and sketch.



Save the date – April 30th

Apparently, Architecture Month got moved from April to October so we have lots of time to plan a joint event with AIA in October. In the meantime, save Saturday, April 30th for our next in person meetup.

Here’s a hint. It’s going to be pawsome!

Beautiful Day to be Sketching

The sun was out. Today was the first day that face coverings were optional. We brought out our pencils and pens to meet on Pensacola Street.

Great group of sketchers today showing our urban sketching in the heart of Honolulu.

We walked or drove all over the block from the church across of McKinley HS to McDonald’s on Beretania. There was something to sketch for everyone: old buildings, new buildings, churches, busy streets, street signs, storefronts, and more.

Two groups of strangers stopped to compliment my sketch as I sketching from busy Pensacola and Beretania. I got to share a little about Urban Sketching. And that’s what urban sketching is all about.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on this beautiful day to be sketching!