Thursday, November 19, 2020

A Cushy Challenge!

                                                                              Featured artwork by Alex Zonis

 Let’s Sketch Chicago!

Your Favorite Couch 
Sunday, November 22
12 PM - 3 PM


Hosted by Paul Ingold and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details:


For this week’s #uskathome prompt, let’s sketch your favorite couch or other furniture used to relax during the quarantine. 


With indoor sketching season just getting underway, this will be a great way for us to kick it off (but at home).


Please create your own on-location urban sketch in your style and medium.


A reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos. To help people find your sketches, use the tags #uskchicago and #uskathome.


Please share your sketches on our group page by Sunday 11/22 12-3 pm (no pressure, please post when you can). We look forward to seeing your sketches!


If you post to  Facebook and Instagram please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts.




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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

You Choose a Hue




Let's Sketch

Color Accent

Sunday, November 15

12 PM - 3 PM

Hosted by Gail Dokucu and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details:

 This week’s prompt is brought to you by my old Canon PowerShot. One of my favorite effects on that camera was called Color Accent. It was similar to B&W mode, except that one color could be chosen to show up. So for instance, if red was chosen to photograph a street scene, the photo would be B&W except for any red objects, which would show up red. 


I thought it would be fun to do some sketches along the same lines - greyscale sketches, with one added color. But you can choose the color you want! If you want your trees to be purple, go for it! But just ONE color. Choose any subject and medium you like, as long as USk guidelines are observed.

Remember to include the tags #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram if you want your post to be searchable. Post and share your sketches with us from 12 noon to 3 p.m. or whenever is convenient. See you at our virtual throwdown!

Banner sketch by Kris Van Stockum

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Spin the Wheel!




Let's Sketch Chicago!

Unlikely Wheels 

Sunday, November 8

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Hosted by Wes Douglas and Urban Sketchers Chicago



Details


What we will explore:

  • Take a look around you. You may not realize it but there are many things that have wheels beyond the cars and trucks and your mission is to capture them in an urban sketch for this week. 
  • Think and challenge yourself to find other things with wheels. Look at your furniture, your power equipment, look around your office and art studios. 
  • See how many less obvious items you can find that have wheels and be sure to include their surroundings in the true context of urban sketching.


Post and share your sketches with us from 12 noon to 3 pm or whatever is convenient. A reminder that we are following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.
To help everyone find your sketches, when you type in your caption, please include a description of the subject and location plus the tags #uskchicago and #uskathome .


Banner Sketches by Wes Douglas



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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Be Brave!

                                                                                                                  Sketch by Mary Jo Ernst

Let’s Sketch Chicago!

BOO! What are you afraid of?

Sunday, November 1
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hosted by Mary Jo Ernst and Urban Sketchers Chicago


DETAILS


Let's face it, we all have something holding us back creatively, 

  • it can be fear of what others will think,
  • nervous about trying a new type of medium or technique 
  • a complicated composition and perspective 

One of my biggest struggles is details, due to a short attention span I rarely take the time to do a detailed sketch. With my sketch in the event banner, the location that I was sketching required quite a bit of pattern and detail so I took the time and captured our trip to collect fossils.

This week we are facing our fears and taking the leap forward. 


If your biggest fear is posting your work, then here is some incentive! 

EVERYONE that posts their sketch on our group facebook page from now until Sunday, Nov 1, 5 pm will be entered into a raffle to win one 9x12” spiral bound sketchbook and a mini companion sketchbook generously donated by Legion Paper, our Sponsor Spotlight this week. Please check our facebook page to learn more about Legion.


The raffle winner will be chosen by random and Administrators are excluded from this giveaway.


Questions: Email MJ at ernstmaryjo@gmail.com


See you at the virtual throwdown!

Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram




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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Seeing Red

 



Let's  Sketch!

Color Red

Sunday, October 25 
12 pm - 3 pm

Hosted by Alex Zonis and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details


It is not news to artists that colors carry emotional meaning. Painters have been cleverly using this to infuse emotion into their paintings for centuries. Color Red appears to carry heavier and more varied load of meanings than other hues. Today red is the color most commonly associated with heat, activity, passion, sexuality, anger, rage, love, and joy. Historically it connected with sacrifice, war, danger, and courage. And of course it is a color of blood. Just a one paragraph into color theory here...


We will explore using red color in our sketches in any form that appeals to us and see a collection we make together. It is can be a depiction of something big and red, like CNA building or a street of red brick structures. Or something small as a contrast or point of interest, like a Kit-Kat wrapper that didn’t make it to the refuse bin. It can be a sketch on red paper, or a sketch in red ink. Or you could just sign your sketch in red, a.k.a. J. M. W. Turner.


Post and share your sketches with us from 12 noon to 3 pm or whenever is convenient. Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram. See you at our virtual throwdown!



Sketch on the banner by Alex Zonis is of Amsterdam canal drawn on 96* day during 2019 Symposium. "I chose to use red ink so the sketch would remind me how hot it was and how much I loved the experience regardless."




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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Seeing Autumn



“Nature gives to every season a beauty all its own.” Charles Dickens

 

Let's Sketch!
Autumn

Sunday, October 13 
12 pm - 3 pm

Hosted by Barbara Weeks and Urban Sketchers Chicago

Details

It’s hard to belive it’s October and almost Halloween! If I’ve learned anything during this Covid experience it’s to look for and appreciate the little things that mark the good, even, or especially, in this strange time.


What to you see that tells you it’s Autumn?

  • Leaves are changing?
  • Birds a migrating?
  • Halloween decorations?
  • So many kinds of Gourds?
  • Fire pits in the early evening?
  • And?

Show us in your sketches what tells you it’s Autumn.


See you at the virtual throwdown!

Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram




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Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Eye Knows


Let’s Sketch

ICONIC 

Sunday, October 4
12 PM – 3 PM


Details

This week, let’s sketch scenes that are iconic: 

those things that are immediately recognizable as being associated with your place.


What do you think of when you think ‘Chicago?’  Wrigley Field, Chicago hot dog stands, the L, the Chicago bungalow? 


What about our friends who live outside Chicago? Show us the iconic scenes of your town. You may even want to refine the prompt further by showing us things that are closely associated with your own neighborhood. 


Let’s take our group on a virtual tour, hitting the highlights with our sketches.


A reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos. To help people find your sketches, use the tags #uskchicago and #uskathome   As always, post any time from noon on; most conversation tends to happen after 2:30.


Banner sketch of one of Chicago’s iconic bridges and bridgehouse by Rus Blemker


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