Vote for our next meeting place

Hello Urban Sketchers O’ahu! We want to know where you would like to meet in December. We’re looking at Saturday, December 18th for our next in-person sketching event but want to know where you think is the best place to sketch the holidays. Please vote only if you are planning to attend.

Remember our events are free to attend. So please spread the word and invite your friends and family to join us in sketching the world one drawing at a time.

Happy holidays and happy sketching,

Terri

Last year at Honolulu Hale

Capturing moments at Hawai’i International Film Festivals

Today we celebrate all artists: traditional (pen to paper) and digital (those who create magic in the 3D world). There’s always energy when artists gather and we can learn from one another when we open our eyes to innovation and creativity around us.

It’s been 5 long months since we, Urban Sketchers met on location so I thank you all who joined us today. It was fun seeing you and your wonderful sketches.

If you have time tomorrow, drop by the Entrepreneurs Sandbox in Kaka’ako to watch the coolest VR films at the Hawai’i International Film Festival. It’s free but you should RSVP to reserve a seat. Click here for more info.


Let’s Sketch Together!

We’re so excited to announce our next event! One, because we will be meeting IRL (in real life)! I know, it’s been a long time since we’ve sketched together so we hope you are just as excited too. And two, we’ve been invited to amplify the Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) XR (Extended Reality) New Media Exhibit on November 20th.

Let’s meet near the entrance of the Entrepreneurs Sandbox at 10am. For directions, click here. There is parking in the lot or metered street parking. We’ll sketch from 10 to 11:30am and share our sketches 11:30 to noon.

Let’s Support HIFF XR

Let’s support other artists by checking out the Augmented Reality (AR) pieces by the artists, including BREONNA’S GARDEN, BIG ORANGE FISH, THE BLUE BOAT, AWAKEN THE GIANTS: SINISTERIA VR, and THE GIRL AND THE CRANE. The event are free but RSVP is required. To see FRAGILE EARTH, no RSVP is required.

Proof of vaccination status

To enter the Entrepreneurs Sandbox, you will need to show your COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of negative test. If you do not have one, you can sketch outside the building or across the street at the Kaka’ako Ocean-Friendly Garden.

If attending, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, November 19th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Please be considerate of others around you. Wear a mask if inside the building and stay home if you feel sick.

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful masked faces and creative sketches on November 20th.

Happy sketching,

Terri


Sketch Together Worldwide

I don’t know about you, but my IG feed was full on Sunday, October 17th with inspiring urban sketches from around the globe. It was so fun to see large groups and individually sketchers sharing their view of their city streets, buildings, and other urban landmarks. What a global event for all of us!

Thank you to Susan, Pam, and Ruth for emailing your sketches.

Susan’s sketch
Ruth’s sketch
Pam’s sketch

For me, I decided to capture our quiet street in Mililani with watercolor and pen.

My sketch

I encourage everyone to search #sketchtogether on Instagram and see everyone’s beautiful sketches. Thank you all who participated!

Keep Sketching,

Terri


Sketching Together Globally on October 17th

We’re doing something together, yet physically apart on Sunday, October 17th. Please join Urban Sketchers from around the world as we sketch together for a 24-hour Sketchcrawl.

What is 24hr Sketchcrawl?

  • Urban sketchers around the world will sketch together during that 24-hour period and post their sketch stories on their social media accounts. During this 24 hours event, sketchers will share their sketch posts, beginning as far as east as Oceania, through Australia and Asia, Europe and Africa, and will end as far as the west coasts of the Americas

On Sunday, October 17th, draw what you see around you. Visit your favorite sketching location, the beach, the park, a restaurant, or your backyard. Then post your sketch on Instagram and tag @urbansketchers. Be sure to include the hashtags #sketchtogether and #usksketchtogether. The USk social media team will be looking at our posts and select some to share to the USk global community on the official Urban Sketchers channel! Click here for more info.

If you don’t have Instagram, email your sketches to me at uskoahu@gmail.com and I will be sure we share them on our urbansketchersoahu Instagram with the proper hashtags to get seen.

Let’s have fun everyone and share our view with the world one sketch at a time.

Terri


Technical Problems

Sorry everyone!

Christine had internet connection problems this morning and couldn’t start our Zoom demo. She will record her demo and post it to YouTube when she’s back online.

Sorry for the disappointment. I know we were all looking forward to learning more from Christine about Human Anatomy.

Will let you know when her demo is live. In the meantime, thank you for checking in with us and happy sketching.

Terri & Christine


September’s Virtual Events

As promised, Christine has offered to show us two more virtual demos in September. The first one will be on September 18th at 10-10:30am.

Please RSVP to uskoahu@gmail.com by September 17th and I will email you the link to join.

The second demo will on on September 25th. Please RSVP to uskoahu@gmail.com by September 24th to receive a link to join.

Hope you can join us. In the meantime, stay safe and happy sketching,

Terri


Learning How to Sketch People

As an Urban Sketcher, we add people to our sketches all the time. People bring life to scenes showing the best of urban life.

Thank you Christine for your talent and teaching a quick lesson in drawing people. And thank you for all who attended. I hope you got to learn something new for our first virtual demo via Zoom.

Thank you Nancy for sharing your sketch on Flickr!

Here is a sweet thank you from Pam:

“Thank you so much for today’s class! I am excited to get back into drawing after spending this time with you and everyone..

Thank you for sharing your talent. Please do more classes.”

Pam

Heads up! Christine has offered to do two more classes in September. We will announce it on Monday, Labor Day.

Stay safe everyone and happy sketching.

Terri


Let’s learn to draw people!

As you might have guessed, we are going back to virtual this month as the COVID-19 inflection count continues to climb at an alarming rate. We will keep monitoring the situation and hopefully return back to group sketching in September. Fingers crossed!

Thankfully, Christine has offered to teach a fun and safe virtual class via Zoom on a great subject.

Join us on Saturday, August 21st at 10-10:30 am for this fun demo. Personally, I know I need advice on sketching people so I’m excited about this virtual class.

It’s a private class, so we’re asking that you send an RSVP to uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, August 20th so that we can send you a link to the class.

Hope to see you at the demo. In the meantime, happy sketching!


Little group, big fun

It was just three of us at Waimea Valley on this rainy Sunday but it was still really enjoyable. We got to leisurely stroll the grounds of the park, mostly alone as the crowd of tourist made a b-line to the waterfall.

Christine, who has been there too many times to count gave us a guided tour on the best spots to paint. There are so many great areas of inspiration from nature. It seemed like every turn was picture perfect.

It was Bill’s first time visiting Waimea Valley. It was too crowded for his liking when we finally arrived at the waterfall. But the walk there was full of foliage and beauty even in the rain.

I was originally intending to paint the lily pond near the entrance but later we decided to paint at the waterfall because there was some protection from the rain and a nice place to sit.

Christine sketched on her phone while I struggled with capturing the waterfall with damp watercolor paper from the rain. Thankfully, we turned the morning into a teachable moment where Bill showed me how much darker I need to take my colors to show the depth of the waterfall. I’m still very timid in my art. But I am learning!

Even though it was just the three of us on this sub-Urban Sketching Sunday, I loved the feeling of being totally immersed in my art. That experience is priceless.

Christine’s sketch on her phone.
Our combo sketch!