New T-Shirt!

Having celebrated our 5th anniversary just last weekend, we created a new t-shirt for the occasion!

What you need to know:
1. Cost: $15
2. Color: Mint (approximate color depicted)
3. Material: 100% cotton
4. Sizes: Unisex – Adult S, M, L, XL
5. The t-shirts will be available for pick-up at future events, starting in November.

If you are interested, email us (uskoahu at gmail dot com) t-shirt size and quantity. Please also note that this is a limited run.

Happy sketching!


Climate Strike

I attended the Climate Strike at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol in Honolulu last Friday. Although I whooped along with everyone else, I was mainly sketching the crowd and people’s signs as we walked from Washington Place to the capitol, and then to Honolulu Hale and the Kalanimoku building. Sketching so many moving subjects was exhausting. I’m still figuring out how to sketch dynamic action scenes!


Birthday Bash!

This morning we celebrated USkO’s 5th anniversary at Magic Island, the location of our inaugural event in 2014. Although we lacked the obligatory bouncy castle, we made up for it with enthusiasm and personal flair when sketching the beach, the ever-developing Kakaʻako skyline, and a group of daring practitioners of SUP yoga (an irresistible sketch target).

We ended the day with a giveaway of art supplies generously provided by Hawaiian Graphics and an announcement of our new t-shirt – information will be available online soon! The festive mood was further enhanced by treats from Nancy, Susan, and Terri & Bill (mahalo to all!) that fueled an extended post-sketch lunchtime social on this special day.

It’s been a great (first) five years – thanks to all of you for being such #awesome #sketchers and #fabulous #company (still practicing, Terri)!

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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Throwback Thursday

Here is a sketch from back in 2016 that never made it onto the website. I cycled to the Mānoa farmers’ market one morning and drew the produce stands. My perch on the second-floor walkway offered a wonderful bird’s-eye view of the marketplace. It was good practice with perspective, as I had not done many sketches with multiple vanishing points.

Hope to see you on Saturday!


Anniversary Sketch Event!


Street Corner Sketching

So many places are waiting to be sketched, and it is not just the scenic vistas or ukulele festivals that need our attention. Even seemingly ordinary street corners are full of sketch-worthy details and character. The corner of South Kukui Street and Pali Highway slowly showed itself when we discovered a school mural, an extremely popular sherbet shop (thank you for the sample, Miles!), two White Terns, and an old barber’s pole – not all of which made it into our sketches. Show-and-tell revealed even more views and scenes from the neighborhood.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Next month, USkO is celebrating its 5th anniversary – make sure to mark the morning of September 21st on your calendars now!

Also, stay tuned for a fun t-shirt that we are creating to mark the occasion!

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Next Event – Back to Basics!

With our fifth anniversary just around the corner, we thought it fitting to go back to basics! After all, urban sketching is meant to take place at any place or time! This month’s event location was not chosen for its particularly alluring features; it has no sweeping views of a beach and is not associated with a festival. It is simply a street corner in Honolulu. Let’s try our hand at urban sketching in its purest form!