If you are looking for inspiration to up your sketching game, here are a couple of suggestions worth trying.
A few weeks ago, spoonflower.com announced their second-annual #doodleadayJan challenge with daily doodling prompts. Anyone can participate. Keep in mind, this is not urban sketching, rather a way to practice sketching on a daily basis. Post your doodle on Instagram and tag it with @spoonflower and @ellolovey with #DoodleADayJanELSF. Special prizes will be awarded at the end of the month. Visit www.spoonflower.com for more details.
Last year, during the first lockdown, Urban Sketchers launched USkTalks on Instagram. It was a wonderful way to connect to other Urban Sketchers around the world. On January 3rd, they launched their second season. This time, it’s on YouTube. It’s a live broadcast at 5 a.m. HST every Sunday.
It’s fun to sketch during the show.
If 5 a.m. is too early for you night owls, you can watch the replay anytime.
Every episode offers sketch challenges. These are fun. You can participate by posting your sketch on Instagram with #usktalkschallenge.
Save the date!
Our next event will be Saturday, January 23rd. More info will be posted shortly.
One thing is for sure. No one will forget 2020. We survived COVID-19, lockdowns, furloughs, unemployment, the 2020 election, and more. Through it all, Urban Sketchers was the bright spot in my long year. I hope it was for you too.
Thank you to everyone who sketched with us every month. A special thank you to those who joined us for virtual sketching during both lockdowns. Your dedication to urban sketching is commendable.
As we say aloha to 2020, we gladly welcome 2021 with optimism and hope.
Best wishes and happy 2021,
Terri, Bill, and Christine
There were certainly less decorations on the lawn of Honolulu Hale this COVID holidays but nothing could stop our Urban Sketching spirit!
It was so wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. And of course thank you to our devoted sketchers who make it to every sketching event in 2020.
Thankfully the crowds were small (mostly just us and the security guard). And Shaka Santa and Mrs. Claus were watching over us beaming in the Hawaiian sun.
As for announcements, don’t forget our unofficial Urban Sketchers event at Ka’ena Point tomorrow at 9am to 1pm. See post here. (I baked more cookies!)
As we say aloha to 2020, we at Urban Sketchers O’ahu wish you and your families a very happy and safe holidays. See you in 2021!
We have a last minute opportunity to sketch, hike, and give back to our community that we hope everyone can participate.
Sorry, this is really last minute! One of my online classmates (I’m taking a Digital Design class with the O’ahu Back to Work program) has offered our Digital Design classmates and us at Urban Sketchers O’ahu a rare opportunity to plant native trees at an endangered Yellow-faced bee site and then guide us on a 2-mile coastal hike to a bird sanctuary. Our guide, Kris Mar works for Wildlife and Forestry Division for DNLR. He is also a talented artist.
This is not an official Urban Sketcher Oahu event. But a great opportunity for us as artists to experience the beauty of our island in a personal and reflective way.
Kris will bring garden gloves and trowels. But says you can bring your own gloves if you want. Also he says to bring plenty of water, snack, and sun protection.
Planting is at the entrance of the park. Then he will take us on an optional hike to see a bird sanctuary.
Please email us if you are interested in attending at email@example.com
Shaka Santa and Mrs. Claus are donning their facemasks and waiting for us at Honolulu Hale. We are so excited to see you as we sketch together this Saturday, December 12th at 10am. Please read previous post here for location.
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 11th with your name and phone number. It looks like there will be 9 of us so far, so we will break up into 2 groups to be compliant with Oahu’s Tier 2 guidelines. You can also review Urban Sketchers guidelines here.
See you on Saturday 10am to noon!
Even in a pandemic, December brings traditional holiday decorations, a giant tree, and a little merriment to Honolulu Hale.
It may be a scaled-down version of the 36th annual Honolulu City Lights, but we’ll be there to capture the city and tell our stories by sketching on location.
Let’s meet in front of Shaka Santa on Saturday, December 12th at 10am. We heard Santa and Mrs. Claus will be wearing their masks this year.
Speaking of masks, as we are still navigating through COVID-19, please see previous post regarding Guidelines for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings. If you plan to attend, please email us at email@example.com by Friday, December 11th with the following info: name and phone number. We will retain this info for at least a month for contact tracing purposes. You are still welcome to join us if you don’t RSVP, but you will be asked for your contact info on site.
We are so looking forward to seeing you on December 12th!
A little drizzle and a little wind couldn’t stop us from sketching at Pier 38 this morning. What a nice Saturday to be outdoors sketching daily harbor activities.
There’s so much to sketch at the harbor: classic fishing boats with fishermen onboard, the ripples of the greenish harbor water, fallen seed pods on the ground, and the large shipping machinery in the distance. Time just flies by when you are trying to focus on your sketch.
But we did it!
Thank you all for sketching today. We are looking at December 12th for our next on location holiday sketching. Check back for more info.
Happy Thanksgiving fellow sketchers! Be safe.
On a side note: Some of my photos are missing from the slideshow. I’ve written to wordpress to inquire why.
We are so excited to see your happy faces as we sketch together this Saturday, November 21st at Pier 38. Please read previous post here for location.
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 20th with your name and phone number. It looks like there will be 7 of us so far, so we will break up into 2 groups to be compliant with Oahu’s Tier 2 guidelines. You can also review Urban Sketchers guidelines here.
See you on Saturday 10am to noon!
As requested, we have found a place with more shade for our next sketching event. So pack your supplies and join us on the pier for a fun Saturday morning of urban sketching!
Pier 38 offers a plethora of shapes and textures to challenge your artistic senses. First of all, there are boats of all sizes and colors. We will be surrounded by water with reflections, ripples, and even a fish or two. There are fishermen working on their boats. And lots of shipping containers to remind us of our urban surroundings.
There is ample free parking. But best of all, there are trees lining the pier providing us protection from Honolulu’s mid-day heat. Why is it so hot in November anyway?
As we are still navigating through COVID-19, please see previous post regarding Guidelines for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings . If you plan to attend, please email us at email@example.com by Friday, November 20th with the following info: name and phone number. We will retain this info for at least a month for contact tracing purposes. You are still welcome to join us if you don’t RSVP, but you will be asked for your contact info on site.
We are so looking forward to seeing you on November 21st!
Thank you to everyone who endured the heat on this hot, humid day to participate at our first in-person meetup during Tier 2 of the pandemic. I promise our next event will have shade!
But look how cute our group photo turned out.
Having an event at the Farmers Market means being surrounded by an abundance of local food and refreshing beverages from small businesses. There were also a lot of people, tents, plants, and buildings to sketch. Kaka’ako does have it all.
We’re tentatively looking at Saturday, November 21st for our next gathering. Stay tuned.