December 5, 2012

Iberian Skyline in Clermont

The last day of Clermont Ferrand, the sketcher Jorge Arranz had the idea to draw together a 30 meters paper roll with skylines of different cities. There were Spanish USK and Joao Catarino from Portugal.

This is the result. Hope you like it ...

one scene at Sogang University, Seoul

pencil & watercolor, 24 x 32 cm

These days I like to go to universities for sketching. Inside the warm building in campus I could find some interesting scene at the Sogang University in the afternoon on Dec. 4th. I took place in the 5th floor of the Teilhard Hall to sketch the opposite building and steps, the Jeong Hasang Hall which was named for remembrance of the martyr, Jeong Hasang.  In winter the sun seemed to move faster than in summer as for me. The shadow changed too fast to catch up.

Vancouver in two-and-a-half days

I had some credit with American Airlines and I had to use it before the end of the year. What better way to cash it in than by taking a short trip to Vancouver BC? I knew it would be rainy, but since when does coldish and wet weather dampen my enthusiasms? Since never.
Here are some sketches I made. More on my blog.

Our first afternoon we headed down to the waterfront. As rain and night began to fall, we tucked into the bar at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. They were having a blue Christmas.
Vancouver: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel bar
The fabulous Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia has a world-class collection. Their First Nations exhibits were awe-inspiring. And they are all indoors. Rain? Who cares?
Vancouver: UBC Museum of Anthropology
Another good rainy day spot was the Public Market on Granville Island. There there were lots of enclosed spaces and lots of good things to eat and drink. While sketching. I did.
Vancouver: Granville Island Public Market montage
Vancouver: Granville Island Public Market, mother and daughter
I aim to be back on a much more regular basis here in 2013. Happy New Year, if I don't see you before then!

San Francisco

Recently I had to go to San Francisco for work. I love that crazy city, plus I have some friends who live there. I haven't been back for 15 years. It's a wacky place, in a good way. The presidential election was going on while I was there. I stayed in a few hotels while I was there, which is a whole other story. One of them was the Sir Francis Drake, which has a huge statue of him in the lobby. I think it's made of red plexiglass. It's pretty cool so I drew it. The bathroom in the hotel room was so small, I couldn't open the door all the way to get in and I'm super skinny. I don't know how regular folks get into the bathroom. I hung with the locals and realized it's one of my favorite cities.

Palouse Plein Air

I recently took part in the "Palouse Plein Air" exhibit here in Moscow, ID, and was thrilled to receive an award for one of my two watercolors. The exhibit is organized and juried by the Moscow Arts Commission, and asks artists to draw or paint on location in the areas around and/or within the city. Each person first must have their paper stamped by the Commission and then complete the work within about a week's time. I did these two sketches on the same day, starting in the late-afternoon and finishing the landscape watercolor as the sun began to set. I have always been interested in the alley shown here, which is a half-block east of Main Street. It has a fascinating series of wood structures that carry power lines behind the buildings. Further down, there is a swirling pattern of bricks in the pavement, and as a whole it feels less like a gloomy alley and more like a pedestrian street. As the sun starts to go down, as it was just beginning to do in this sketch, the light can become dramatic, so this is what I was trying to capture. This drawing received the "Best Moscow Downtown/Urban Award," which was sponsored by Palouse Commercial - many thanks for their generous support of the arts in Moscow.
After completing the first drawing, I decided to head out to the edge of town and attempt a landscape. The "edge of town" is about a two-minute scooter ride from the very center of town, so I still had plenty of light to work with. This region is known as "The Palouse" and is characterized by its rolling hills - formed by wind-blown glacial silt during the ice ages. Most of these hills are now used for agriculture - wheat, peas, lentils, etc. - and in the late fall the golden colors of the harvested fields are spectacular.

So it was another fun opportunity to get out there and draw in a slightly more deliberate way than my usual quick sketching. This is the second time I've participated (last year's efforts are part of this post), and it was extra satisfying to be recognized with an award. I'm already looking forward to next year's event!

Drawing Attention: What's Up in the Sketching World

USK News

Where in the world are we?
Find urban sketchers around the world in our new global map! In just the few weeks since we started the map, hundreds have added their placemark and information to it. You can view the map on our our Map Page and add yourself via Google Maps in this link (sign in first with your Google account and then follow the instructions.)  Sketcher are finding that the map is a great visual directory to help us connect with each other, especially when we travel!

Barcelona 2013/Call for Submissions
Urban Sketchers is excited to announce a “Call for Submissions of Workshop Proposals” to anyone interested in teaching at the 4th International Urban Sketching Symposium to be held in Barcelona in the Summer of 2013. Info here.  Due Date for Submissions: December 15th, 2012.


Scenes Seen Exhibition 2012
Photo/All rights reserved by Parka81
USK Singapore held their first large scale group exhibition, Scenes Seen Exhibition 2012, at the Viridian Art house in Singapore in late October. They were invited by Singapore's annual Architecture Festival to put up the exhibition where 39 Singapore sketchers showcased nearly 200 sketches. In conjunction with the exhibition USK Singapore also organized 2 sketchwalks to engage the wider public.

Photo source
USK Correspondent Wins “Prix International” 
Barcelona USK Correspondent Víctor Martínez Escámez, a.k.a. Swasky, won the Clermont-Ferrand Travel Sketchbooks Festival "Prix International" for his book, Voltant per Sants, published by Zahori de Ideas. Congratulations Swasky!!!

Other Hot News

University Level Urban Sketching Course
The University of Texas Arlington has just approved a 3-hour credit course called Urban Sketching to be taught in the School of Architecture. We think it’s the first university-level course based on USK principles.

The course will be open to both graduate and undergraduate students university-wide and it will be taught by USK Board member James Richards, FASLA. Jim is urban designer, sketchbook artist, writer and educator in Fort Worth, Texas and is co-founder of the urban design firm TOWNSCAPE, Inc.

Photo: @westseattleblog

Seattle Sketcher in the Macy’s Parade
Ok, so it wasn’t THE Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in NYC, but it was Seattle’s annual Macy's Holiday Parade where we spotted USK Founder & Correspondent Gabi Campanario (and daughter Olivia) marching with other Seattle Times employees. For the parade, those newsboy bags were packed with candy to hand out along the route instead of newspapers to deliver. Of course, Gabi even managed to get a sketch done! Full story here in the Seattle Times.

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Until next month... happy holidays to all and happy sketching,
Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers
drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org

Another Naples panorama

panorama di Napoli

I'm preparing a small exhibit in an art supplies shop in Naples (Ramaglia - Artisti in Vetrina). This panorama today will be printed 4  meters long and bended in three parts, to fill the showcase. I can't wait to see the result - I'm scared! Below the original sketchbook, one of my favourite view in town (from museum Hermann Nitsch).