Urban Sketchers in the News
|James Hobbs sketching like a speed demon.|
|Tony Underhill in|
Leisure Painting magazine.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Urban Sketchers were recently covered in the online newspaper Mancunian Matters in an article called, “Ready, steady, SKETCH! Manchester artists embrace Urban Sketching to capture city's gems and skylines.” Visit Manchester USk, 450 strong, on Facebook.
The January issue of the monthly painting magazine Leisure Painter includes an article about urban sketching by avid UK Urban Sketcher Tony Underhill. “I thought this would be a good way of spreading the word about the aims and enjoyment of urban sketching,” Tony said. Since the article came out last month, Tony has “had e-mails from a number of readers saying how interesting they found the article and how keen they are to give urban sketching a go.” Part 2 of the article just came out in the February issue with a step-by-step sketching demo by Tony.
|James Richards' art on Ft. Worth's|
2014 Book of Lists
Brooklyn (US) Urban Sketcher and USk President Jason Das was recently featured in DNAinfo New York: “Urban Sketch Artist Captures Crown Heights in Living Color.” The article compares urban sketching with Instagram – “capturing the ephemeral moments of city life as they unfold.” “It’s much more documentarian or even journalistic than it is trying to create a beautiful still life,” Jason said of urban sketching. “It’s going to be inevitably less accurate than a photo, but hopefully more expressive.”
Ken Avidor and the Twin Cities (US) Urban Sketchers as well as the Metro Sketchers were featured in the Minneapolis City Pages. The article ends with Ken’s statement on one reason why urban sketching is growing in popularity: “It grounds you when you spend a great deal of time in one place,” he said. “It’s about connecting people with the place they are sketching, and how the person feels about the place.”
|Urban Sketchers Malaga|
ExhibitionsPatrizia Torres reports that Urban Sketchers-Málaga has a group exhibition called "Viviendas sin Vida" – "Houses without Life." The show focuses on “empty houses, old and new dwellings in Malaga, forgotten and abandoned,” even by local authorities. Check out this video from the exhibit’s opening.
Spanish USk correspondent Isabell Seidel has a solo exhibition of urban watercolors in Ourense.
In Germany, Omar Jamarillo reports that members of USk Berlin recently had an exhibition at the Akademie für Illustration und Design Berlin. Participants included Anja Rieger, Bo Soremsky, Catalina Somolinos, Detlef Surrey, Florian Afflerbach, Katrin Merle, Olga Prudnikova, Omar Jaramillo, Rolf Schröter, Sven Swora, Jens Hübner, Thomas Lensky and Oona Leganovic. See images from the exhibition opening.
|Urban Sketchers Singapore|
USk membership director Jessie Chapman, who has the first line on new Urban Sketchers, pointed out the sketches of German USk member Dr. Manfred Scholz, who recently had an impressive exhibit. See his Flickr photostream for examples.
Workshops and Other Happenings
|Aliette Gousseau is crowdfunding a project with the Mayos Indians.|
Seattle architect, artist and urban sketcher Anita Lehmann is offering a number of workshops in drawing, design, field sketching and watercolor painting in her Seattle studio. Visit Anita’s website and e-mail her for details.
USk-Spain publishes its own monthly newsletter for Spanish sketchers and other interested subscribers. They also publish the fanzine SKETCHER about three times a year. So far the ‘zine has featured Malaga, Barcelona and Zaragoza. The next issue will focus on Galicia.
|Melbourne sketchers drawing BIG.|
Liz Steel reports that 70 – 80 Melbourne Urban Sketchers recently participated in “The BIG Draw” event in Federation Square organized with the National Gallery Victoria. They sketched in deck chairs while their sketches from a previous event were projected on a large overhead screen.
|Simone Ridyard's workshop at Selfridges.|
When Simone Ridyard taught a sketching workshop at the UK department store Selfridges as part of its annual “Festival of Imagination,” her students did a sketch show-and-tell in the ladies' changing rooms!
On the Blog
On the Urban Sketchers blog, a couple of excellent examples of reportage sketching caught my eye in January: Asnee Tasna reports on the Bangkok shutdown, and Inma Serrano continues reportage sketching on Seville’s Corrola Utopia, where 36 evicted, homeless families have taken refuge.
Urban Sketchers groups around the globe participated in the 42nd World Wide SketchCrawl on Jan. 25, a quarterly event. Take a look at what they sketched that day in the Philippines, Japan, Argentina and Austin, Texas (US), among many.
What's Going On?
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