Let’s Sketch “Together”!

Tomorrow’s suggested theme is “together”. Get creative, but remember that we’re Urban Sketchers, so sketch what you see. :)

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Here Comes Saturday!

Our suggested theme for this Saturday’s event is “motion”. Give it a whirl!

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National Drawing Day

Happy National Drawing Day!

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Gardenia

May 16 is National Drawing Day!  Besides sketches for our Urban Sketchers virtual meet ups, what have you been drawing?  Here’s what I’ve been doing:

Earlier this week I watched a Metropolitan Museum of Art Drop In Drawing session on composition and shapes, which focused on botanical drawings.  The idea was to build a drawing through simplified shapes that you then go back and refine.  For example, you sketch out ovals or oblongs for the petals of a flower, and then go back to draw in the specific shape of the petals.  I decided to try this technique on a gardenia blossom in a vase.  I drew a circle for the vase as well as simple ovals and rectangles for the petals.  Then I went back and drew more specific petal shapes.  Although not exactly an Urban Sketchers scene, I think these principles can be applied to sketches other than botanical drawings.

Something else we often practice drawing is hands.  This week I watched a drawing session sponsored by the Princeton Art Museum and the Arts Council of Princeton, featuring a lesson on drawing hands.  I drew my left hand holding a pencil.

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Happy drawing on National Drawing Day and beyond!


Sketch With Us Tomorrow!

Our suggestion for this week’s Saturday sketch is a little different… Try to find a shape!
Keyword: “pointy”. Norfolk pine? Picket fence? Your pencil set? Look around and share with us in your sketch what you find!

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A day late….

Sketches of Restaurant Row, looking down from the 40th floor of One Waterfront Towers and looking up from ground level.

Yesterday I intended to sketch Restaurant Row from two perspectives — looking down from my apartment on the 40th floor at One Waterfront Towers, and also from ground level. But somehow despite having nothing to do all day, I only finished the sketch from up high looking down. Today I finished the sketch from ground level. The bird’s eye view is kind of interesting, but on the whole I think I prefer to sketch at eye level, perhaps because that’s what I’m more accustomed to.


Take A Hike

This age-old insult has taken on an entirely different meaning in these strange days. Getting on the trail has been a bright spot for us. I’m very grateful for my sturdy boots.

Pen and watercolor pencil.

Perhaps this sort-of qualifies for this week’s sketch theme; there are two boots, from different perspectives…


Sketching Double


Our suggested theme for this Saturday: double vision. Sketch two views of the same scene.

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