Hello everyone, we have tons of updates in this issue of our occasional "Drawing Attention" newsletter, so let's get started:
- Moleskine fundraiser: Our kind volunteer has shipped more than 60 of the custom, limited-edition Urban Sketchers Moleskines to donors supporting us from 14 different countries. Finland, New Zealand and China are some of the destinations of the cool Japanese-fold sketchbooks that Moleskine provided to participants of our 1st Urban Sketching Symposium in Portland in July. Thank you to our supporters and volunteer! We are now down to the last box of these one-of-a-kind sketchbooks, so make your donation soon ($25 minimum, we'll cover shipping to any country). To donate, click on the red "Support Urban Sketchers" button on the sidebar. Funds raised will go toward a scholarship for the next Symposium.
- The second edition of De Vuelta Con el Cuaderno starts Thursday in Zaragoza, Spain. The three-day event for sketchbook enthusiasts brings top-notch artists, designers and illustrators from Spain and Portugal to the historic city by the Ebro river. The event is organized by Clara Marta, a professor at the Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón and member of USK Spain — many other contributors from the Spanish blog will be present, including architects Luis Ruiz and Josu Maroto and illustrator Jorge Arranz, who is among the panelists.
- Comic book artist and urban sketcher Andrea Longhi is organizing the first gathering of Italian urban sketchers in Treviso, Italy, coinciding with the 7th edition of the Treviso Comic Book Festival (Sept. 25-26.) The northwestern Italian city, which is less than an hour inland from Venice, will attract some of the best European sketchers and carnetistes for this year's edition, which follows the theme of "sketched travels." The full program of the event will be announce shortly here, but we already have word that our own correspondents Simo Capecchi, Miguel Herranz and Lapin will be there.
- Correspondent Melanie Reim is part of the group exhibition Air Force Art at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. The show, open through Oct. 2, highlights the contributions of illustrators who have been invited by the United States Air Force to document special missions and operations on location and at Air Force bases around the world. Melanie's work is from her experience being embedded with a unit in Live-Fire Training Exercises with airmen just before their deployment. To see more of Melanie's work, visit her blog Sketchbook Seduction.
- Danielle McManus is the latest correspondent featured in The Artist's Magazine "From the sketchbook of..." section. See more of Danielle's work on her blog A love of drawing.
- While many correspondents of this blog were attending the 1st Urban Sketching Symposium in Portland, others were busy elsewhere with their own exhibits. James Hobbs (USK London) showed his sketches at Oxo Gallery and Pedro Cabral (USK Lisbon) presented a series of drawings of the city of Sintra in Portugal.
- Two new regional blogs have launched. Berkeley-based artist and watercolor teacher Jana Bouc is spearheading Urban Sketchers San Francisco/Bay Area and Orling Domínguez, an illustrator and teacher based in Santo Domingo is taking the helm of Urban Sketchers República Dominicana. Orling's group is hosting their third "Maratón de Dibujo" next Sunday.
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