I was by Kahului Airport recently and had a little time to get out my sketchbook. I did my best to fill the page with different vignettes. I used plain office pens and a couple of markers. Definitely an exciting spot to sketch (and I did exchange greetings with security), but admittedly when those planes take off I lose focus and just bask in the roar of the jet engines. Town is definitely starting to feel busier though… like tourists are starting to come back.
This past week, I sketched my car, just outside of my apartment. Cars are fun to draw – their features give them such personality. For my first sketch, I spent a good amount of time trying to get the proportions right – which worked out for the most part. Then, sitting in the driver’s seat for the second sketch, I adopted a slightly looser style, quickly eyeballing the layout of the interior. I took a few wrong turns though – whoops! I will have to return to this subject in the future. As I sketched my car, I was reminded of Florian Afflerbach’s amazing artwork. After seeing his drawings years ago, I was inspired to try some extreme close-up perspectives too … in my own way. His clean, architectural style is elusive to me. The cars I draw suddenly develop dents, scrapes, and misattached or misaligned parts. Sure is fun though. I filled a third page with some really loose doodles of my car from all sides.
Anyway, this is my car. My first car. A manual transmission hatchback that is so bright red it’s almost embarrassing. I love it though. Over a few months, I learned how to drive stick, a skill that I have always wanted to learn. It has taken me a bit to hone those hill starts, but I ain’t goin’ back! Driving is much more enjoyable and engaging with a stick shift.
Please excuse my prolonged absence – I recently moved to Maui for work! Last night was my first sketch in a little while. It was great, except that I miss seeing and sketching with everyone! In any case, I shall keep sharing my sketches – just from a little farther away than usual.
In keeping with tradition, I sketched fireworks in my neighborhood on New Year’s Eve. I actually found myself in a spot where I felt like I was surrounded by fireworks. In the dark (and without a flashlight in order to preserve my night vision), I doodled with two basic Pilot gel pens and a Sharpie marker, adding the fireworks and glow with color pencils in as real time as possible – along with a little on-page narrative.
A happy new year to you all!
For anyone who has not yet gotten their hands on a USkO t-shirt, you are in luck: we still have some left of each design! They are the perfect way to show your sketching “colors” wherever you are, at an event or on your own.
If you are interested, email us (uskoahu at gmail dot com) your choices for: t-shirt design
(5th Anniversary or Classic), size, quantity, and delivery location for a no-contact drop off. Note that we will be reserving shirts on a first come, first served basis.
Double-digit attendance (well, 10 qualifies, right?) marked our double celebration today: 100 USkO sketch events and the return of in-person sketching! A beautiful morning downtown made Hurricane Douglas look like fiction – although several sketchers mentioned the need to tie down or move loose belongings this afternoon. For the moment, however, our attention was on the confusing undulations of the Sky Gate sculpture and other views in the area. At a particularly social show-and-tell session our new chapter leaders (Terri, Bill, and Christine) received a warm welcome … and the outgoing administrators were treated to lovely presents. Here’s to the next 100!
On a more personal note: We admins have greatly enjoyed organizing events and sketching with everyone since holding our first gathering at Magic Island nearly 6 years ago. The three of us will still participate in events when we can and certainly be in touch from afar. We are thrilled by the enthusiasm of USkO’s new leaders and have no doubt that they will take the chapter to new heights!
Happy sketching and see you soon!
We are expecting good weather through Saturday. That means our 100th event is still a go for tomorrow! Hope to see you there! :)
For those who participate virtually, please take a photo of yourself sketching (or with your sketch), and we’ll include you in a mosaic group shot!
Our 100th sketch event is less than a week away! If you cannot carve time out of your morning to sketch or would prefer not to join in person, then please participate virtually anytime that weekend (07/25). Either way, we hope to see those sketches on Flickr! And, of course, the theme is: “Numbers”. Bonus points if you can find and sketch a #100. :)
Aloha fellow sketchers,
We are delighted to announce a couple of developments!
Before all, our next gathering will bring us to a big landmark:
Thank you, sketchers! To celebrate this achievement (and in response to the majority opinion expressed by you in the recent USkO survey), we would like to announce that our next event will be held in person on July 25 by the State Capitol. Details will follow in the event flyer.
Additionally, we want to take this opportunity to announce a change in USkO leadership and to introduce a new team of “administrators”. These will be familiar faces to all of you, and we are excited by their enthusiasm! More on all that later.
Celebrate #100! July 25. State Capitol. See you there!
Sebastian, AJ, Harald
P.S. Although we will not be holding any more organized virtual events this month, feel free to head out to sketch – and share online! :)
This Saturday our suggested sketch theme is dictated by date: be inspired by the 4th of July!