Local media took notice of our presence on live TV broadcasts and in newspaper articles, including Metro which featured a sketch by Lisbon's Filipe Leal da Faria on the its cover. Here are some links to great TV coverage about the symposium by TVI 24, RTP, and Renascença.
From Blog to Book!
The Symposium closed with the announcement of our first book! The Art of Urban Sketching, a 320-page volume with more than 600 sketches from 55 cities around the globe. The book will come out next February and will feature sketches and drawing tips by correspondents of the Urban Sketchers blog and some contributors to the USK flickr group. It is being published by Quarry Books, an imprint of Rockport Publishers. You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon.
Sharing Symposium News
Symposium sketches by USK member James Richard (Fort Worth, TX) were highlighted on Land8, the largest blog catering to landscape architecture professionals, academics and students around the world. Jim said he "hopes the post encourages more landscape architects to get involved in USK and, more importantly, to DRAW!"
News from USK Groups Around the Globe
Sao Paulo-based sketchers Eduardo Bajzek, Joao Pinheiro and Juliana Russo just launched a new USK blog, Urban Sketchers Brasil. In their welcome post they make a passionate call to all sketchers is Brazil, saying: Brazilian designers, obsessive artists who portrait everyday life, come join us in this endeavor, bring along your sketchbooks and invade the streets of this huge Brazil. We have much work ahead, so many things to portray."
USK Correspondent Omar Jaramillo has started a group for urban sketchers on CouchSurfing. This group is open to everybody - sketchers and non-sketchers - who want to support Urban Sketchers traveling in their region, would like to meet people to sketch together, or would like to invite sketchers to draw in their city or town.
Seattle Urban Sketchers will be displaying original sketchbooks from now until the end of the year in a storefront located on Thomas between Terry and Boren in South Lake Union thanks to a grant from Storefronts Seattle. The grant included free rental of the space for 6 months and $500 to cover costs of display. Here's a post on their blog covering the installation day (left).
Urban Sketching in the Media
The August 8 issue of Philippine Daily Inquirer include a feature story (right) written by Augusto "Toti" Villalon, a heritage conservation architect and writer, about urban sketching and Urban Sketchers Philippines. The article used sketches of some Manila scenes from USK-PH members Buz Walker-Teach, Carlo Martinez and Janeil Arlegui.
Manfred Schloesser and other Urban Sketchers Bremen were filmed by a German TV team on one of their recent sketch outings in Oldenburg. Have a look below.
St. Louis, Missouri USK member Michael Anderson was featured on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's website stltoday.com. His son Joel shot and edited the video of Michael drawing the statue of baseball legend Stan "The Man" Musial. The statue is a popular "meet me" place at the entrance of Busch Stadium, home of the Major League Baseball team, St. Louis Cardinals.
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Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers