August 22, 2011

Drawing Attention: Around the World Sketching News

USK Symposium Wrap-up

Nearly 200 sketchers from more than 20 countries gathered in Lisbon from July 21-23 for the II International Urban Sketching Symposium. Three days of intense sketching workshops and lectures left the enthusiastic group with enough inspiration to draw for at last another year.

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.

Symposium Correspondent

Our Sao Paulo correspondent, Joao Pinheiro (right), received an Urban Sketchers scholarship to travel to Lisbon and report on the Symposium experience as it happened. You can see and read his dispatches here in Portuguese and English.

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 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.


San Antonio, TX USK Correspondent Paul Heaston has a great exhibit of his sketches at the ECU Art Department in Ada, Oklahoma. Go see it if you are in the area!

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? Please send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to: drawing attention at urbansketchers dot org.

Happy sketching,

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers


janesanha said...

Eugene, Oregon, based sketch group just published their first sketchbook collection, "Top Drawers on Tour: Italy." It's available for viewing and purchase at

mzsketchusa said...

Your video is excellent--it really captures the experience of drawing in public, the traffic, the people, interacting with the public, and like an island in the storm, the artist capturing a moment in time. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Tom G. Carey said...

How do I share some of my sketches?
Tom G Carey

Lisbeth Cort said...

@Tom: Only USK correspondents can post sketches on this blog, however, please share your sketches on the USK flickr page and/or the USK Facebook page . Hope to see them there soon.