[By Lis Watkins in Clermont-Ferrand] This is the view I had from my hotel room when I was staying in Clermont-Ferrand a couple of weeks ago for the travel sketchbook festival, ‘Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage’. I first visited the event, which is held in the French city, last year and vowed to return, this time with more spending money! Over 90 artists, including many from the Urban Sketchers community, come together to show drawings from their travels all over the world. Quite a few of my favourite artists had stands at the festival and I left with a great haul of books, all signed and some with special drawings too. […]
この残虐な事件の後、フランスで大規模な動員が行われたことを教えてくれたマルティーヌに感謝します。#JeSuisCharlie #WeAreAllCharlie私は昨年11月にクレルモンフェランでカブに会いましたが、この巨人を前にしてとても怖じけずいてしまいました。 でも今夜は、特にクレルモンフェランに想いを馳せています。毎年開催されるスケッチブックフェア「Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage」の創設者であるミシェル・ルノーが、犠牲者の一人であることが信じられません。4年前のフェアで描いたクレルモンフェランの大聖堂のスケッチ。
As always, friday, the first of the 3 days of the Clermont-Ferrand Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage is dedicated to the schools. Children come in droves from early in the morning, it’s a bit scary but most of them are kind and respectful. With more, less or no shyness, but always politely they ask you to draw something on their notebooks. I say, what about a portrait? All of them enlighten their eyes and say… yes!! I always feel embarrassed when drawing children, I would like to catch the delicacy of her features and the innocence of their looks, issues not easy for me as I’m used to extract just the opposite […]
Even if you are surrounded by friends as last year on which there was a lot of iberian people (this is what we made the last day and this was the result), at Clermont-Ferrand’s Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage there’s always down times on which you can play the usual time killer.
You cannot leave things so much as to forget them in time, even more when it´s about a professionally enriching experience such as participation in ” Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage “in Clermont-Ferrand , one of the most important travel books authors festivals in the world and almost certainly the most important in Europe. The selection was made on the base of a portfolio with some of my drawings sent, once past that point, which honestly got me excited, I was one of 30 or 40 travel books authors selected from the countries invited to this edition, the Iberian peninsula and Latin America. I hadn´t have a lot of information […]
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 …
The Festival in Clermont Ferrand was exhausting, we spent most of the time in the exhibition and later we would have dinner …and sketch each other of course! On Monday I woke up early to at least see something of the city, so I walked up the hill in direction of the cathedral. I did some fast sketches and I will try next year to come with more time to draw the city. I was fascinated by the views from narrow alleys. Later I took the train to Paris, and what it seemed to be a pleasant ride, became a nightmare. The train got damaged and we got stuck for 3 hours […]
The presence of USK in Clermont Ferrand brought to this great meeting an renewed idea of the concept of travel. Traveling is also being aware of what is closer and not just exotic destinations.
My Stand I spent a fantastic time in Clermont Ferrand meeting old and new friends. I am so looking forward for the next Urban Sketching Symposium in Barcelona to meet them all again. I went to Clermont-Ferrand, for the pure curiosity of knowing what it is about. Their website was a little confusing even if it is (partially) translated to English. And although I had asked some people who where there before, many things were still not clear to me. For esample the festival used to be every two years, that is why you find in some places still the word Bienale, but due to its success now is every year. my […]
last week end was the “XIIIº rendez-vous du carnet de voyage” in clermont-ferrand, france, where many urban sketchers were invited between 120 sketchers to present their sketchbooks, to dedicate books or to portrait the visitors: omar jaramillo, miguel herranz, swasky, inma serrano, luis ruiz, alvaro carnicero, joao catarino, gérard michel… and many local correspondants from the spanish, french, belgium or italian’s blog. the french newspaper “la montagne” published one week before the festival a paper about usk, here it is: blogged by lapin