Drawing Attention: Round the World Sketching News

1st Annual West Coast USK Sketchcrawl

This three-day sketching event is planned for any and all Urban Sketchers who, for whatever reasons, cannot make it to the International Urban Sketching Symposium in Barcelona this summer. It is scheduled to run from July 12 – 14, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.

We will be sketching in the birth place of the “World Wide Sketchcrawl,” San Francisco, for the “40th World Wide Sketchcrawl” on June 13th. For info: 1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers’ Sketchcrawl blog and Facebook page.

Sketching the Urban Landscape

Urban Sketchers Correspondent Matthew Cencich (Victoria, BC, Canada), as well as urban sketchers Sigrid Albert and Dave Huggard presented a workshop, “Sketching the Urban Landscape”, at the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects annual conference in Vancouver, BC at the end of April.

Sketches at right are from a conference mobile tour.

Magazines Feature Urban Sketchers

In the June 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist, seven watercolor artists, members of the international organization Urban Sketchers, share their on-site watercolor cityscapes created all around the world. Their globe-trotting art includes city scenes from locales such as New York, Paris, Santo Domingo and Singapore. Plus: the artists share their tried-and-true tips for creating on the go.

The article features the work and words of a number of USK correspondents, including Cathy Johnson (Kansas City, USA), USK founder Gabriel Campanario (Seattle, WA), Tia Boon Sim (Singapore), Laura Frankstone (Chapel Hill, NC, USA), Marc Taro Holmes (Montreal, Canada), Liz Steel (Sydney, Australia), and Nina Johansson  (Stockholm, Sweden – whose sketch is shown on the left), as well as Marcia Milner-Brage of Urban Sketchers Midwest.

“I like to paint in bars during the day. Only during the daylight do bars reveal themselves. Sometimes people want to talk about what I’m doing, and nothing gets done. Some days the art wins; other days, the bar.” So said USK Correspondent Stephen Gardner (New York City) when featured as part of the article, ‘This is Who Rules the Bars of New York” in the April 4, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine (photo, left). Stephen was one of nine people highlighted as being a bar regular with a particular specialty, in his case, sketching.

An article by Tina Koyama, a Seattle Urban Sketcher and freelance writer in Seattle, Washington, was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Studios magazine. The article, “Studio in a Bag” (photo, right,) is about her daily sketch bag – her “portable studio” – and how it’s essential to urban sketching.

Urban Sketching Hits the Commercial World

USK Correspondent lapin (Barcelona, Spain) brought urban sketching to a recent project for Aigle. Sketches formed the basis for illustrations in their Spring/Summer lookbook, store windows in Stockholm, Corse and Lisboa (photo, left), and even the store restoration construction sites at the company’s concept store in the heart of Paris.  Info here.

Do you have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? Please send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to: drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org

Until next month…happy sketching,

Lisbeth Cort, member of Whidbey Island Sketchers

drawingattention at urbansketchers dot org


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