Take Two Challenge

We’re calling this week’s virtual sketch theme a challenge because it really is. But we hope that you will find it worthwhile and rewarding at the same time.

The challenge is to look through your sketchbook and revisit a place that you’ve sketched before. It could’ve been last year or last week.

When sharing, it would be great if you could post both drawings so that everyone can see them side by side.

What do you think? Are you up to the challenge?

Please post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram. On Instagram, tag your sketches @urbansketchersoahu and use #urbansketchersoahu.

Happy sketching.

On a side note:
I just want to share the power of Instagram with you. Normally my Instagram posts get a modest 40 – 60 likes with 120-160 views. Last week, my sketch for Urban Sketchers O’ahu got 194 likes with 3,860 views. 96% were not my followers. Of the 3,860 views, 3730 came from hashtags. I strongly encourage you to share your sketches to your personal Instagram and connect to the larger global Urban Sketchers community.


Happy 6th Birthday to us!

Thanks Sebastian for letting us know that September 21st is Urban Sketchers O’ahu’s 6th birthday!

Personally, I wasn’t there on September 21, 2014. But it was great to see these photos from that Kick-Off Event at Magic Island in Honolulu.

Wow. What a beautiful day that was. Don’t you miss those days when we could gather outdoors and share our sketches?

In the meantime, we can still share our passion online.

Since it’s our Happy Birthday weekend, let’s celebrate by sharing our “Happy Place.”

Is it a hike in the mountains? A sunny spot on the beach? Snuggling with your cat? Can’t wait to see your happy place.

Please post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram. On Instagram, tag your sketch @urbansketchersoahu and use the #urbansketchersoahu.

Happy Sketching.


Repeat, repeat, repeat

Nature is great at it. So are urban planners.

The virtual sketching theme for this Saturday is pattern or repetition.

Take a look outside. It’s everywhere.

Leaves.
Rooftops.
Crosswalks.
Fences.
Bridges.

Draw what you see. Let the pattern or repetition of design inspire you.

Please post your sketches on Flickr. If you post to your Instagram, tag us @urbansketchersoahu and use the #urbansketchersoahu. Our followers on Instagram are growing!

Happy sketching.


Capture the 2020 Okinawan Festival from your home

Just like many 2020 events, the Okinawan Festival which attracts more than 50,000 visitors annually, is going virtual this year. That means everyone around the world can enjoy front-row seats from the comfort of their living room.

Grab an andagi (deep fried Okinawan donut) and your pencil or media of your choice and capture the Okinawan spirit and culture streaming online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LdjMxFqzXw

This year’s theme “Sharing Uchinachu Aloha” include singing, dancing, paranku, and taiko performances from various clubs in Hawaii.

Special guests:
Music performance by Jake Shimabukuro
Cooking demo by Chef Roy Yamaguchi

Official links and tags:
Watch live (starting on Saturday at 2pm) at www.okinawanfestival.com
Facebook Page: Okinawan Festival
Instagram: @okinawanfestival
Hashtag: #okifest2020

Don’t forget to post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram and tag us @urbansketchersoahu and use #urbansketchersoahu

Happy sketching!

P. S. Great job everyone on your sketches of the Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade this past Saturday! To see group sketches, click here.


A flying twist to an in-person meet-up [updated]

We have an interesting virtual sketch theme for this Saturday. We hope you will be excited to take off!

This Saturday begins the 75th WWII Commemoration Events in Hawaii. From 10- 11am (note the updated schedule), there will be 14 WWII warbirds flying over various parts of Oahu.

source: Hawaii News Now

“To have these Warbirds in Hawaii, flying over the very deck of the USS Missouri where the Instrument of Surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 ending this global conflict, to honor all WWII veterans, is a tribute that will live on in the hearts of all who see it.”
Elissa Lines
Executive Director of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

commemorativeairforce.org

This is an historic commemoration and we on Oahu are privy to witness this special tribute. Wherever you are, sketch what you see in the skies. If possible, position yourself for a grand view of the Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade. Keep in mind all beaches and parks are still closed.

It will be fascinating to see everyone’s sketches from literally different points of view. Please post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram and tag us @urbansketchersoahu or use #urbansketchersoahu.

Happy sketching.

For more info on this event, visit:
https://www.75thwwiicommemoration.org/
https://commemorativeairforce.org/news/wwii-warbirds-to-participate-in-events-of-the-75th-commemoration-of-the-end-of-wwii

On a side note: Christine, Bill, and I will try to post Saturday’s virtual sketching themes every Monday. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.