Whether it’s social media, podcasts, books, magazines, or just sitting outside, there is a wealth of inspiration for Urban Sketchers.
I’m always inspired by watching USkTalks Live on Instagram. The broadcast was just recently moved to every Saturday at 6pm which is convenient for us in Hawaii.
This past Saturday featured Gabriel Campanario, founder of Urban Sketchers and the author of “The Art of Urban Sketching.” Gabriel (Gabi) is also a Staff Artist/Writer of Seattle Times.
Not only did I learn a lot about sketching and storytelling, I also learn about cool places to visit in Seattle. Gabi challenged fellow urban sketchers to let your sketches “Tell a story”.
Using Mililani as my subject, I took a short walk to the top of Meheula Parkway early in the morning. Not much cars on the road, but there were joggers and walkers taking advantage of the breezy, nice day.
The journalist in me wants to start a series of sketches of Mililani to tell a story. Here is my first one.
Look around your neighborhood. What story can you tell about your community or places you love?
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Stay safe and happy sketching,
Tomorrow’s suggested sketch theme is “hidden”. Is your cat hiding under the table, but you see a tail or paw sticking out? Do you see something peeking out between the trees?
Or, sketch anything your heart desires – well, as long as it’s still “urban sketching”. Still lifes are fun, but don’t count! :)
Last month, I graduated from UH Mānoa. I decided to sketch myself in the mirror wearing my graduation outfit. Darn, self portraits are so tricky! My head is more triangular and oblong than what I drew – I need some practice. Oh well, here’s some handsome guy who graduated – looks like he’s wearing my outfit. :)
Now, it’s on to the next phase of life: finding employment during tough times and exploring new things!
Tomorrow’s suggested theme is “together”. Get creative, but remember that we’re Urban Sketchers, so sketch what you see. :)
Our suggested theme for this Saturday’s event is “motion”. Give it a whirl!
Happy National Drawing Day!
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.
Happy drawing on National Drawing Day and beyond!
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!
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.
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…