USkO Birthday Event

We returned to our roots today, i.e., Picnic Area #31 on Magic Island, the venue of USk Oʻahu’s very first sketch gathering in September 2014. The mauka views have changed since then, as development of Ala Moana Shopping Center and of the Kakaʻako waterfront area continues. Magic Island seemed the same though, filled as ever with families, joggers, and wedding parties. After our customary sharing of sketches, we recognized a few of our long-term members and celebrated our 3rd birthday by raffling off a few sketching utensils, munching poi mochi and cookies, and chatting about past and future sketch activities. Happy Birthday, USkO!

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

See you at our next event on October 7 at UH Mānoa Law School!

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Celebratory Sketch Event Tomorrow!


International USk Group Exhibition: Call for Submissions!

Urban Sketchers is organizing an international exhibition to showcase the USk motto: “we show the world, one drawing at a time”!

If you are interested in submitting your sketches visit: http://www.urbansketchers.org/2017/09/usk-news-call-for-entry-to-usk-group.html


Sketch it: USkO turns 3!


Intertribal Powwow

Today we returned to the Honolulu Intertribal Powwow, which is now in its 43rd year. Although perhaps not quite as well attended as last year, this annual gathering of leaders, dancers, musicians, and artisans proved again to be a diverse display of First Nations cultures. Serious and authentic, but also low-key and approachable at the same time, the performances were so captivating that some of us struggled to focus on their sketches. And then our subjects would not stop moving!

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

Also, make sure to join us on September 24 for our 3rd anniversary sketch event, held at the same spot where USkO was launched three years ago!

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Next Event!

The next event is right around the corner! To learn more about the Intertribal Powwow (including etiquette) visit: http://www.honoluluintertribalpowwow.com.

A Sketcher’s Oasis

Today marked our first visit to the new UH Medical School complex in Kakaʻako, and we were impressed. Surrounded by LEED certified buildings, the inner courtyard offers a native Hawaiian garden, a small bubbling fountain feature where birds bathe, a variety of foliage, and – importantly – shaded seating at any time of day. In short, we were more than comfortable and had plenty to sketch. Joined by another visiting sketcher, this time from New York City, we discussed methods, media, and motivations while sharing our sketches of the day. Photos courtesy of Stephen, whose smartphone saved the day after our trusted official USkO camera stopped working.

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

See you at our next event on September 9!

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