April 17, 2015

Two hundred years of legacy and heritage

Kalimat di atas merupakan headline untuk pameran sketsa Indonesia's Sketchers (IS), hasil kerjasama IS dengan Kedutaan Besar Belanda dan Erasmus Huis dalam rangka memperingati 200 tahun berdirinya Kerajaan Belanda. Pameran yang menggelar 30 karya sketsa ukuran A# dan 7 accordeon sketchbook ini melibatkan 30 artist dari 6 kota di Indonesia; Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Jogyakarta, Semarang, dan Surabaya ditambah beberapa sketchers dari masing-masing kota sebagai cabang IS di daerah. Obyek sketsa merupakan bangunan peninggalan masa lampau pasca VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) yang banyak tersebar di kota-kota di Indonesia.
Satu kesempatan yang baik bagi IS untuk dapat tampil diri dalam upaya menguatkan eksistensinya sebagai komunitas sketsa, disamping juga sebagai upaya untuk lebih mendekatkan seni sketsa (live sketching) kepada masyarakat luas terutama generasi mudanya.
Pameran yang sedang berlangsung hingga 30 April 2015 ini merupakan pameran nasional pertama IS karena melibatkan seluruh komunitas IS daerah. Tak mudah mewujudkan satu kegiatan pameran yang cukup representatif seperti kali ini, perlu kerja keras serta dedikasi yang cukup mengingat sebagian sketchers yang terlibat aktif dalam kesibukan mereka sehari-hari, baik sebagai pekerja kantor atau profesional.
Disamping pameran, IS juga menggelar workshop, sketchwalk dan sketchtalk. Ketiga kegiatan ini lebih diutamakan untuk kaum muda; pelajar dan mahasiswa.
Semoga pameran kali ini mampu menjadi pemicu bagi IS untuk lebih banyak menjalin kerjasama dengan berbagai pihak agar bisa menyelenggarakan kegiatan budaya serupa dalam rangka lebih mendekatkan seni sketsa kepada masyarakat luas.

Berikut hasil liputan singkatnya. Enjoy it!
Acara pembukaan dibuka oleh Duta Besar Belanda untuk Indonesia; Mr Rob Swartbol.
Pose sejenak...
Dari kiri ke kanan: Mr Ton van Zeeland (direktur Teater dan Galeri Erasmus Huis), Atit Indarty (IS founder),
Yanuar Ikhsan (Ketua IS), Mr Rob Swartbol (Duta Besar Belanda), saya dan Donald Saluling (Ketua Pameran)
Sebelas dari 30 peserta pameran.
Dari kiri ke kanan: Yoso Bayudono, Seto parama Artho, Donald saluling, Wahyu SP, saya, Artyan Trihandono,
Nino Puriando, Iqbal Amirdha, Soleh Hadiyana, Yanuar Ikhsan dan Hani Handayani.

Suasana ceria penuh keakraban...
Acara workshop dan sketchwalk selama 2 hari di 4 lokasi di Jakarta.
Sketchtalk; presentasi hasil karya dari peserta workshop dengan dipandu oleh Kris Wardhana, Nashir setiawan,
Donald Saluling, Benny Zhuang, Toni Malakian dan saya sendiri.

Clockwise: Senoaji Wijanarko, Aryo Sunaryo, Iqbal Amirdha, Yulianto Qin, Kris Wardhana, Hani Handayani.

Clockwise: Yandi Prayudhi, Wahyu SP, Yuventus Win, Toni Malakian, Dhar Cedhar, Darman Angir.

Clockwise: Harry Suryo, Nashir Setiawan, Gunawan Wibisono, Adji setiawan, Artyan Trihandono, Jatmika Jati.

Clockwise: Yanuar Ikhsan, Andry Daud, Erick Eko Pramono, Donald Saluling, Nino Puriando, Yoso Bayudono.

Clockwise: Soleh Hadiyana, Muhammad Thamrin, Yoes Wibowo, Seto Parama Artho, Benny Zhuang, Rudi Hartanto.

The Making.
Bagi kami yang biasa membuat sketsa dengan sketchbook dengan ukuran yang relatif kecil (A6, A5 atao A4), tidaklah mudah ketika dituntut untuk membuat dalam format A3. Ukuran pena terpaksa menentukan sesuai dengan format kertas agar garis yang dihasilkan proporsional.
Saat membuat Menara Syahbandar saya harus membuat beberapa thumbnail, dimana saya tidak pernah melakukannya saat bersketsa di sketchbook.
Hampir sebagian besar sketcher di setiap kota mengalami masalah yang sama, yaitu cuaca. Hujan dan panas yang ekstrim cukup mengganggu kami saat kegiatan menggambar berlangsung. Saya sendiri sempat mengulanginya sampai 2 kali. Kali ke dua baru saya mendapatkan hasil yang sesuai dengan kehendak...

Menara Syahbandar dibangun tahun 1839. Dahulu menara ini berfungsi sebagai menara pengawas untuk kapal-kapal yang keluar-masuk Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa. Kini kondisi menara ini sudah miring. Kemungkinan akibat pengaruh dari pembangunan sekitar dan getaran yang diakibatkan oleh kendaraan berat yang lalu lalang tepat dibelakangnya.
Panas terik dan bau yang tidak sedap membuat konsentrasi menurun drastis!
Hampir 4 jam saya bergelut dengan situasi seperti ini sebelum gerimis menghentikan tangan saya, kemudian berkemas kembali ke menara untuk berteduh dan meneruskannya sambil menunggu hujan reda. Finishing touch saya lakukan di rumah karena hari mulai gelap...
Foto-foto doc. Indonesia's Sketchers

Sun

José Louro, in Algarve

Just a few weeks ago we had sun here in Portugal. Usually march his cold but this year the Easter bunny gives us not eggs but warm weather. Maybe because the end of the spring is a time to reborn, just notice now that all drawings have female characters in most.
These two drawings were changing the tools, felt pen and bic/watercolor, and the sketchbook.

Well, if you want to see more females peek:
http://ajaneladealberti.blogspot.pt


Drawing small in The Perfect Sketchbook

Below are some sketches I drew in The Perfect Sketchbook, a small 3.5 by 5 inch sketchbook that was made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, the sketchbook is not sold commercially and is available only to those who backed the project.

Anyway, this post is about drawing small. This is the smallest sketchbook I've drawn on. I like detail work and I imagined this sketchbook would be extremely challenging to work on. It's challenging sure, but it's a different sort of challenge.

Drawing on a small sketchbook requires some different skills than drawing on a larger sketchbook. The most important of course is to be able to simplify your art. That would be making important subjects more prominent, not sweating the small details.

Sometimes it's fun to break out of your comfort zone to grab a different material to work with, in this case for me a sketchbook size that I don't usually work with.


Drawn at Changi Airport


A talk inside a bookstore


Singapore skyline from the Esplanade waterfront.


Student hostel at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.


Singapore Art Museum

- Parka

Saying Goodbye

Guest Post by Maurizio Latella in Bordighera, Italy

Last year was my father's last, after seven years of illness.

It was a truly horrible year, the worst in my life - not just for me but for the rest of my family too. Every week there was at least one health emergency concerning my father. I couldn't stand it, and it was very hard to face my work as an architect.






In the end I had to accept that I couldn't work, and that I had to be as close as possible to my daddy, so that I could try to be of some comfort to him during the last period of his life.  I tried to get used to the idea that one day Armando would disappear from our lives, but it was difficult.



Back in hospital,  I used to write a few notes on the spot; on the misery of the spaces, on their smells and sounds, on the faces of the people - the doubt, the fear, the hope or resignation in their eyes. Now I found I could not. I didn't have the words and I was empty. Instead I started to do some simple sketches when I could. These are the result. I'm not proud of them - it was more a kind of psychological escape from the situation.







In October, my father died. He was a fisherman. All the waves, the battles with the wind, the struggle with the weight of fishing nets, the hands deeply marked by lines, the fish flapping wildly on the wood of the boat before stopping - were suddenly only memories.







I obtained my diploma in architecture at the Politecno in Milan. Later I practiced for some years in Stockholm, Sweden, then back in Italy. I'm currently trying to rediscover sketching just for the pleasure of it.

April 16, 2015

San Diego Automotive Museum, Balboa Park

By Lydia Velarde, San Diego

The San Diego Automotive Museum has an exhibit called the War Years celebrating Balboa Parks role during the 1930's and 40's when the Balboa Park Buildings of the Panama Exposition were turned over to the government to be used as barracks and other facilities.

This is my sketch of a 1942 Harley Davidson.

April 14, 2015

How to Sketch People, When They Insist on Moving About!

by Lynne Chapman, Sheffield, UK


I'm still working hard on my book. I'm currently writing a chapter about the complications of sketching people, who are, of course, inclined to move about. 

It's a problem. Even if they are pretending to be still, it never lasts. People are basically fidgets - you just have to read the text on the sketch below: 


Even when they are asleep they snuffle and slide and change position to get more comfortable. Honestly. The worst ones are those who have been still as a statue for the last ten minutes, so you finally decide that they would be good to draw, but then, just when you have made your first, indelibly black mark right in the middle of the page, their friend arrives and they leave.


So, what's the answer? Well, there are actually lots of different answers. None of them make people keep still of course, but I am looking at all the different techniques I use to get over the frustrations. For instance: don't try and create a single 'picture' but a spread which tells the story of a changing moment of time. That way, a page with lots of half-drawn people-sketches has a different kind of value. Like these musician drawings I was doing a couple of weeks ago in an overcrowded pub:


I'm also looking at the ways in which you can make life easier for yourself. If you might have less than 5 minutes before someone moves off, you need to have instantly accessible and easy tools. A small sketchbook can be whipped out in a moment and is comfortable to use if you are standing up. Similarly, 2 or 3 coloured pencils might not seem much, but a set of 12 is no use at all to a speed-sketcher: you'll waste half your time choosing colours and the other half picking the dropped ones up off the floor.


One counter-intuitive tool tip is that, even though a pencil might feel safer when the job is tricky, as it pretty much always is with people, since there's no time for rubbing out, you might just as well use ink and get the benefit of a bold mark:


Another tip is that composite characters are not cheating. Whether you are drawing people buying apples at the market, paddling in the sea, or standing at a bar, you can more or less guarantee that you will have a steady supply of people turning up to strike similar poses, standing in more or less the same place. 


Grafting one person's legs onto someone else's torso might be a bit Silence-of-the-Lambs in real life, but in a sketchbook it's fine. That's the technique I used in the National Portrait Gallery sketch above and how I managed to capture what I did of these skater-boys:


I am creating eight different spreads for the People Move! chapter of my urban sketching book, each concentrating on a different technique for dealing with movement. Some tips, like those above, deal with the problem of drawing basically stationary people who fidget or move position, other sections look at the special challenge of trying to sketch people in constant motion. 


I've finished half the spreads now, but still plenty to do, so I suppose I'd better stop chatting to you and get on with it!

April 12, 2015

A Spring Trip to the Desert

The trip always begins with the pure fun (for me, the passenger!) of sketching on the road...watching the light and the terrain change as we depart Los Angeles and venture out to the Mojave Desert...



And then we arrive at Joshua Tree National Park...it's lovely, sunny and bright, and being that it's Spring Break, we are not alone...



It is possible to wander far enough to spend some time alone with the eternal rocks--that I never tire of sketching...

But then sometimes I don't mind observing my fellow visitors exploring!



When you live in a large city, there's something wonderful about spending time in a quiet desert town...



...and on quiet desert roads...



before heading home to the city!

 

Colorful Kites Puncturing the Flat Blue of the Sky

Shiho Nakaza "Los Angeles" "Santa Monica" beach watercolor watercolour sketch painting "plein air" kites festival

by Shiho Nakaza in Santa Monica, California USA

The beach by Santa Monica Pier was transformed by colorful kites puncturing the usually flat blue of the sky this weekend when Kite Festival sponsored by Otis College took place. I used a mix of wet and dry brush strokes in the sky to show movement. Otis College provided small white square kites that people decorated, and those kites happened to fly among big kites set up by a corporate event next to them. I haven't flown a kite since I was a kid myself, so it was fun to see kids flying kites with help from their parents.

Lunch Break Sketching in Latina, Italy

Guest post by Fabrizio Gargano in Latina, Italy

I live in Latina, 60 kilometers away from Rome. The name of the region is Lazio, more or less in the centre of Italy. These sketches were drawn using a Pilot G-Tec-C4 pen, a Pentel Slicci pen, watercolor and a Pentel Brush pen. The sketchbook is handmade and bought at a 'Middle Ages Fair'.

I drew these when I took walks near my house over my lunch break.

This is the main road in Latina, a road that connects us to the sea.


And this is a square close to my house, Largo degli Aviatori.


This is my home.


And the street in front of it.


This is the main square of Latina, Piazza del Popolo, ten minutes away from my house.


Latina is close to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the weather is always warm... we don't have the winter season. Latina is also a very young city. It was founded by Mussolini in 1932, before the beginning of the Second World War.

Fabrizio Gargano has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years. He created this series of sketches when he was on a short break between jobs.

Swing in Seville

by Inma Serrano, in Seville

This weekend some sketchers were invited to draw in Sevilla Swing Festival during the dance classes.

You know that one of the things I like most is to draw movement and people so I was enjoying every moment and every sketch I did.


When I sketch movement I can feel a kind of de adrenaline that makes me think that everything is going to disappear immediately, because everything is ephemeral.

So I draw quickly with my hand without thinking. The result of this way of drawing is the complete disproportion in the figure. It´s very likely to appear funny and strange people. Here is the all album.

I do not know what the dancers may think about their portraits. I left without asking them...
(I'll tell you another day ...)

April 11, 2015

Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla

By Lydia Velarde
The Wolfstein Sculpture Park at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, is part of the Arts for Healing program. The San Diego Urban Sketchers met there this morning to draw in and around the Serenity Garden. My sketch is of Pedestrian Observation. Ed Benavente.


Lisbon Week

Starting today begins the big LISBON WEEK.
Lots of happenings and the opportunity to visit buildings and places usualy closed to public.
For the ocasion Urban Sketchers have been invited to draw in Alvalade, the neighbourhood central to the event and lots of drawings have been made.
These drawings can be sen in USkPortugal blog .
Finally,today, in the Lisbon University, a huge exhibition opened with one sketchbook from each sketcher.
A beautiful place and a beautiful exhibition.

April 10, 2015

Vultures

By Lydia Velarde
Straight to the African Outpost to sketch the vultures. A long walk after entering the San Diego Zoo Safari Park but a quite area to sketch.


Barcelona

by Mário Linhares, Sintra, Portugal


Last month I went to Barcelona with my art students to visit the city and sketch. 
On the third day, I completely forgot my watercolors and I had to use only the black ink pen...



This first one, in Mies Van der Rohe Foundation, we started outside with small drawings from different points of view. Once inside, we found this amazing sculpture from Georg Kolbe. Was he/her trying to cover his face from the sun? I can't tell...


There was an incredible exhibition of Pixar at Caixa Forum with real 3D models of all the Pixar movies. We started drawing a selection of three...


... than our favorite model in one single page...


... and then, a mix of another three.


In the afternoon we had time to sketch the cathedral and it's surroundings...




And we finished the day with an speechless concert in Palau de la Música Catalana.