|Urban Sketchers Batu Pahat sketching at night!|
Urban Sketchers News
Regional Chapter News from Mark
We are very excited to welcome 14 new chapters to our growing family of sketchers. Please wish our new friends a warm welcome:
|USk Mumbai, one of 14 new USk chapters|
Plattsburgh, NY USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Volgograd, Russian Federation
Raleigh, N.C. USA
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Miami, Florida USA
Why isn’t there an Urban Sketchers group near me?
If you’re asking that question, I can relate. It was the question I was asking five years ago. The answer, I realized, was that there was no group near me because no one had taken the initiative to start one. It was then that I understood that if I wanted to experience the pleasure of being around interesting, talented people who share my passion for drawing the world, it would be up to me to get things started.
The good news is that it turned out to be easier than I thought. I found talented people who were interested in helping. That was unexpected. Most exciting – it turned out to be much more rewarding than I could have imagined.
We want to help. If you would like to explore this idea send me an e-mail at email@example.com, and we'll see you get the information you need.
Tribute to Florian
|Sketch by Florian Afflerbach|
USk Tribute Drawing
39-45 Edge Street
We will create a wall of car sketches as a tribute to our friend, teacher and fellow sketcher.
Sign up for these exciting USk workshops:
Light and Shade, Aug. 25 - 28, Malaga
Nature/Sculpture, Sept. 1 – 5, Tuscany
Join us in Tacoma, Washington (USA), Aug. 19 - 21 for the 4th Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
|Tina Koyama says farewell as editor.|
This edition of Drawing Attention is my last as your editor. What I have enjoyed most about being editor the past three years is “meeting” regional administrators through e-mail and getting to know all the sketching groups through news and photos. Thank you for making this job so much fun! The regional groups are the heart and soul of Urban Sketchers, and it has been an honor to serve you.
Beginning with the August edition, I leave Drawing Attention in the very capable hands of Sue Pownall, who will bring a new design, fresh ideas and fresh energy to the publication. Please send her news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Sue Pownell is the new editor of Drawing Attention.|
Urban Sketchers would like to welcome our new Drawing Attention editor, Sue Pownall, who is an artist and illustrator living in Colchester, UK. Sue is looking forward to introducing a team of new writers, new columns and a new layout to the newsletter.
“Tina has done a fabulous job with Drawing Attention, and I am looking forward to contributing to this exciting part of Urban Sketchers,” Sue said. “I’m especially interested in getting news from our new chapters and also reports from the amazing USk workshops taught worldwide, not just teachers but also participants."
News from Urban Sketchers Communities
Ruud Otten is pleased to introduce the new USk Dutch chapter, which is most active on Facebook. The group also has a blog and can be followed on Twitter. USk Netherlands held a National Sketchcrawl in May, attended by more than 50 sketchers. See the video about the event.
Urban Sketchers Penang celebrated its sixth anniversary in June with a group exhibition at Gudang Café in Penang.
|USk Penang celebrated six years of sketching together.|
Eva De Urioste reports that USk Lanzarote was invited by La Rosa del Taro (a beautiful ecological plot for rent in Fuerteventura, one of the other Canary Islands) to give a brief workshop, explain what urban sketching is and sketch together. “A few of us took a ferry and spent an amazing weekend in [Silverio, the owner’s] house located in a quiet valley near Triquivijate,” Eva said. “The whole weekend flashed past visiting and sketching Betancuria, Tindaya, and Pto del Rosario.” The group sketch photos show the sketchers’ feet, “a tradition we started a year ago,” Eva explained. “We usually show our feet next to some of our sketches since we walk, sketch and share what we find.”
|USk Lanzarote members "walk, sketch and share what we find."|
Ciudad de Mexico
Alejandro Nuñez Alfaro said that newly formed USk Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City) made a trip to Malinalco, about two hours outside the city. “This is a place that we consider important because of its cultural heritage,” Alejandro said. “There we met with a sketching group from another state called Cuernavaca. We sketch together first at an ancient pyramid site and then in downtown.” The group sketched at the cloister of the 16th century Augustinian convent known for walls painted with plants and wildlife of that era mixed with religious symbols.
|USk Mexico City|
Ronaldo Kurita reports that in May Urban Sketchers São Paulo sketched at
Cinemateca Brasileira, a Brazilian movie archive located in a former city slaughterhouse back in the 1920s. In June visiting sketchers Xavier Krauel from USk Barcelona and Simon Taylor from USk Curitiba joined São Paulo at Ibirapuera Park, “our version of New York City’s Central Park,” Ronaldo said. “We also met at Mirante, an indoor bridge that was closed for more than 50 years and now holds a cultural center, a café and outdoor movie nights.”
|USk São Paulo|
Joey Kher reports that more than 30 sketchers got together in June to sketch Batu Pahat landmarks in Dataran Penggaram at Jalan Rahmat, which was recently renovated. “This is also our first attempt to do night sketching and it was challenging and fun,” Joey said (see photo at top of page). “We started to sketch from 7 p.m., when the surrounding architecture are still clear and visible. The challenging part is that we need to start imaging the colors and tones while the sky turned darker.”
Scott Renk reports that USk CAM Raleigh is “thrilled to be officially recognized as a regional chapter of the urban sketching community!” Starting the group after returning from the USk symposium in Santo Domingo, “I partnered with the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), and we began to have urban sketching sessions on the second Saturday of each month,” Scott said. Unlike most sketching groups that meet at varying locations, “we meet and stay in the same warehouse district which, in the long run, has made it a stronger group. We have tremendous change going on with warehouses being turned into train stations, walls from the civil war being torn down, and lots of other development. It has been a truly amazing journey and experience sketching and documenting the change.” The diverse group has grown from one to more than 25. USk CAM Raleigh was recently featured in Walter Magazine. See the group’s sketches on Facebook.
“June started with a washout rather than a sketchout,” said JJ Bell of USk Brisbane. “After the monsoon let up, the group was able to continue the month with a series of excellent sketchouts.” Locations included Queens Park, Fort Lytton’s History Alive annual historical re-enactment festival, The Old Museum at Bowen Hills, Mowbray Park, the Barracks Precinct, Davies Park market at West End, Brisbane Powerhouse and Newfarm Park.
“The cold weather could not end any sooner for Urban Sketchers Poland,” said Mateusz Hajnysz. “For the past months we've been drawing in shopping malls, coffee shops and other confined spaces. But finally spring and summer have come, and we started to make good use of it.” Since the weather has improved, the group has sketched in Rogalin near Poznan, Gdańsk, Warsaw, in Koszuty near Poznan, in Gdansk-Oliwa, and in a castle in Szamotuly. In July USk Poland looks forward to celebrating its first birthday as well as its third national sketchcrawl in Gdańsk. “Come and join us to celebrate our birthday and have a chance to draw this beautiful port city with an old town and lots of other interesting places,” Mateusz said.
USk Kuala Lumpur sketched at the Valley of Hope last month, according to Sheanne Lee. The Valley of Hope used to be the second-largest leprosarium in the world. “We believe that this kind of sketchcrawl activity not only brings sketchers together, creating conversation among each other, but also is a platform for everyone to get involved with the current issues happening around us and to show care and love to the remaining leprosy-recovered patients,” Sheanne said. More than 100 sketchers participated, including art students from local universities interested in sketching historical place with stories. KLUSk founder, Mr. KC Lee, spent 20 hours sketching a panoramic view, resulting in an 8-meter-long piece, which he plans to donate to the Leprosy Gallery.
|USk Kuala Lumpur|
Stellenbosch USk had another sketch day in the center of town around the historic old church in June. “Cold and miserable weather could not dampen our spirits,” said Fawa Conradie.
USk Mumbai (photo near top of page), which has been sketching together for a couple of years, recently became an official chapter, said Kishan Dev. See the group’s sketches on Facebook.
Rapidly growing Urban Sketchers Tacoma celebrated its third anniversary in June at Tacoma’s Glass Museum, reports Kate Buike. During its first year, there was “only” one outing a month, Kate said, on the first Saturday. By 2015, a second outing was added on the third Wednesday. “This year the outings doubled by adding two regular outings per month in the greater Gig Harbor area. More co-administrators were added to help coordinate these additional outings.” USk Tacoma is hosting the fourth annual West Coast Sketch Crawl in August.
|USk Tacoma celebrates its third anniversary.|
USk Seattle, Tacoma’s neighbor to the north, also celebrated an anniversary last month – its seventh. Started by international Urban Sketchers founder Gabi Campanario, USk Seattle was one of the first regional chapters to form. The group met at Fishermen’s Terminal, the site of its very first sketch outing in 2009.
|USk Seattle, celebrating its seventh anniversary, is one of the longest-standing Urban Sketchers chapters.|
Sketchers in Action
Mike Daikubara Publishes Puerto Rico Sketches
Boston sketcher Mike Daikubara has a new book, Urban Sketching Old San Juan - Puerto Rico, now available on Amazon.
|Mike Daikubara's new book|
Cathy Johnson Publishes 36th Book
Longtime urban sketcher and former USk board member Cathy Johnson has just published her 36th book, The Artist's Sketchbook: Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the Spot (North Light). The book features the works of a number of other international urban sketchers, including Don Low, Pat Southern-Pearce, Don Gore, Warren Ludwig, Vicky Williamson, Laura Murphy Frankstone, Roz Stendahl, Shari Blaukopf, Marc Taro Holmes, Nina Khashchina, Nik Ira, Steve Penberthy, Allisa Duke, Roisin Cure, Nina Johansson, Liz Steel, Danny Gregory, and Jennifer Lawson, as well as some of the finest naturalist artists around, Cathy said.
|Cathy Johnson's 36th book|
In-Flight Magazine Features TIA
TIA, founder of USk Singapore, was featured in the May-June edition of in-flight magazine TIGERAIR. The article is about how Urban Sketchers Singapore began and about the Urban Sketchers community in general.
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