August 29, 2014

Moleskine City Stories - Sketching London

Urban Sketchers and Moleskine are working together again for the City Stories project in London.

Moleskine City Stories is a live sketch event taking place on Saturday, September 6, at Moleskine's Covent Garden location and London Graphic Centre in London. Urban Sketchers Adebanji Alade, James Hobbs, Andrea Joseph, and Olha Pryymak will be sketching at the two locations, and will each conduct a brief learning session, describing their own take on sketching in public.

Moleskine is giving away 150 of their new Moleskine Sketch Albums, and encouraging everyone to sketch around the store and display their sketches in the stores, making them into creative labs and exhibition spaces.

The event is free and we encourage sketchers and drawing enthusiasts of all levels to participate - another way for people to meet, sketch, and share!

Locations and Times:
Moleskine Store
40 King Street
Covent Garden
11:30 am - 5:30 pm

London Graphic Centre
16-18 Shelton Street
Covent Garden
11:30 am - 5:30 pm

Information about:
Register for Learning Sessions:
London Graphics Center 

Moleskine Store Covent Garden

#moleskinestories #london #urbansketchers

Urban Sketching Symposium Paraty 2014 - Day Two - Full Day

Thursday was the first full day of the Urban Sketching Symposium, and it was quite full! The workshops were the first to start, 12 in all.

Lynne Chapman's Afraid of Color? workshop

Fred Lynch's Capturing Intangibles workshop

Kalina Wilson taking João Catarino's Reflections First of All workshop

Stephanie Bower's 180 Degrees workshop

Isis Chaulon taking Paul Heaston's Wide Angle Perspectives and Little Blank Pages workshop

Soon after, the Activities began...

Richard Alomar captured one of the best photos in Symposium history!

Ricardo Inke leading a sketching tour of Paraty

Xing Chen's lecture Neuroscience and Art

Ivonesyo Ramos leads his demonstration, Paraty Lamps

The Sketchwalks were the last to begin, as participants got a leisurely start to their sketching day.

Though everyone was engaged in different activities, all were there for the same purpose - to meet, sketch and share. There was plenty of that going on as well.

Omar working with sponsor materials from Moleskine and Cretacolor

Paul Heaston sketches everybody

Ana Paula Pereira captures the sketchbook display

Lynne Chapman finds time for her own travel journal

Matthew Brehm and Marc Holmes

Esther Semmens, Marc Holmes, Nina Johansson, Suhita Shirodkar, Liz Steel meeting early to make personal sketches before taking part in workshops and activities.

Friday is another full day, though less full for Workshop participants, who have the afternoon free to participate in activities, demonstrations, lectures, and sketchwalks. Stay tuned!


while the 5th urban sketching symposium is running in paraty, brazil, I'm thinking of you from barcelona.
I remember the wonderful time we had together last year in barcelona during the 4th symposium, sharing tips and friendship.
here are the sketches I made as the local correspondent last year, I hope that they will bring you back to this great moments as it does for me.
I miss you all, and I hope to meet you soon again.
meanwhile, I'm looking for your reports and feedback.
enjoy paraty and keep sketching!!!

blogged by lapin

August 28, 2014

How I spent my summer vacation, part two : Banff and Kananaskis

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[Moraine Lake]

Handbook Travelogue Watercolor Sketchbook 10.5x8.25”
W&N bijoux box with split primaries (pigment list in here).

We had a weekend of outrageously good weather. Might have been the best I've ever had in the Rockies. Sketching times ranging from 45 minutes sitting in the sun, to 5 minutes leaning on the car while photographers jumped out for roadside shots.


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[Welsh Pond] Note: This was 7am so the photogs could get this mirror glass water. I can tell you, watercolor won't dry on a chilly damp morning. Had to walk back out of the trees and find patch of sun to dry the painting between doing the first wet-in-wet pass and the dark tree line.


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[Mount Kidd]

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[Lower Kananaskis Lake]

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[Lake Louise]


Urban Sketching Symposium Paraty 2014 - Day One!

Day one of the 5th International Urban Sketching Symposium found people - you guessed it - sketching! Check-in for the Symposium and late registration for the Sketching and Activities passes began in the afternoon, and later in the afternoon attendees took part in the first of several sketch crawls before the Welcome Reception at Casa da Cultura.

Kumi Matsukawa - She'll be leading the activity Sketching Straight to Watercolor

Alexis Landry sketching at Casa da Cultura

Ch'ng Kiah Kiean

Paraty presents a unique challenge at high tide. It looks like Marc Holmes is trying to figure out how to cross it, but he's really looking for a place to sketch it.

Liz Steel found a dry spot to capture the reflections

Sketchers nearly took over the town, sketching and visiting in the street

Check-in at Casa da Cultura

Attendees were greeted by our wonderful volunteers!

Urban Sketchers Executive Board President Jason Das welcomed Symposium attendees

First sketch crawl!

Today the workshops and activities begin, and the sketch crawls continue! It will be a busy day for the sketchers in Paraty. Follow along throughout the day by following USk Paraty 2014 on Instagram, and following #uskparaty2014 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

August 27, 2014

Balcony experience -- Buenos Aires. Barrio Norte.

We've been spending August here for 6 or 7 years. This city does grow on you.
Back on Billinghurst, it's not Boogie Street.  There isn't a banjo, but there is a traffic jam.
Broken view: Buenos Aires.
Gardens of Billinghurst.

Sharon Frost. Blog: Day Books

Urban Sketching Symposium Paraty 2014 - Preparation and Arrival

Sketchers attending the Symposium in Paraty have been making their plans for months - selecting workshops and activities, making travel plans, anticipating meeting old and new friends - but the shareable images really start with the packing...

Thiago Bueno Salcedo

Our local organizers had a lot of packing to do...

Cretacolor giveaways with USk Paraty 2014 logo

As early as last week sketchers began to arrive in São Paulo and in Rio...

Liz Steel and Marc Holmes - São Paulo

Some were even on the same plane!

Everyone immediately began meeting up to sketch...

Making their way to Paraty was the next step, and got them that much closer to the Symposium, which starts Wednesday afternoon.

Fernanda Vaz de Campos and Eduardo Bajzek, our intrepid local Symposium leaders, roadtripping it to Paraty from São Paulo

Liz Steel, Suhita Shirodkar and Esther Semmens enjoying the cool winter night

Lynne Chapman sketching from the bus to Paraty

Martine Kervagoret sketching Paraty's beautiful light

We'll be bringing you more updates throughout the event here and on the USk Paraty 2014 site. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - look for #uskparaty2014 - and share your own pictures if you're there!