Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What Are You Waiting For???




Our next virtual sketch meet is 
Sunday, May 24
12 pm to 3 pm

Here’s the theme for this week’s Virtual Sketch Meet-up:

My Precious



Let’s face it , we all have something in our stash that we are saving for .....I don’t know! 
When we get better at sketching? We don't want to ruin good paper, We are scared to use that new pricey brush , the gorgeous sketchbooks that were gifts or something we have coveted ?

If now is not the time to use these “precious “ items then I don't know when it would be.
Let’s indulge ourselves and use something we have all been saving. Feel free to share what you used to create your sketch. If you don't have anything saved then please use your favorite art supply.


Happy Sketching! Peace and Good Health to all!

Please post your sketches to our Facebook group at 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

Please include #USkAtHome and #USkChicago so we can all find them!

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

My Space

Sketch by Wes Douglas

Our next virtual sketch meet is 
Sunday, May 17
12 pm to 3 pm

Here’s the theme for this week’s Virtual Sketch Meet-up:

The Space Where I Create

Hosted by Paul Ingold and Urban Sketchers Chicago

What's your creative space?
 An example of "creative space" may be your desk, kitchen table, studio, or whatever space you use to sketch during self quarantine.

A Challenge? 
This may involve the challenge of stepping out of your creative space in order to sketch it! : )

As always, the event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Posting officially is from 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. but often we spend more time together beyond 3:00!  

Please post your sketches to our Facebook group at 2:45-3:00 p.m.
As always, a description of your sketch is encouraged. 

Please include #USkAtHome and #USkChicago so we can all find them!

See you Sunday!

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Think Spring!

Tulip sketch by Barbara Weeks

And Sketch!



This coming Sunday our theme is

Spring

Hosted by Alex Zonis and Urban Sketchers Chicago

Details:

We can sketch views from our windows: new leaves and flowers, change in the color of light, Lake is turning turquoise and has kayakers on the water. If you are lucky to have a yard, there is a lot of spring happening there. Sketching in parks, by our lonesome selves and socially distancing, has a ton of spring subjects.

Sunday is also Mother's Day we can turn in that direction. Sketch our mothers and grandmothers. Sketch their memorabilia. If you are a mother, sketch what it takes being a mother during lockdown. Or sketch your children, dirty dishes or unfolded laundry -all are excellent sketches.

As before, the event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Posting officially is from 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. but we often start early and also spend more time together beyond 3:00!
Please post your sketches to our Facebook group 
at 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Please include #USkAtHome and #USkChicago 
so we can all find them!

See you Sunday!

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Sad Day in Chicago



Our July 17-19 2020 Sketch Seminar has been cancelled.


With what we know about the pandemic today the USK Chicago administrative  team concluded that we cannot guarantee health and safety of our participants, staff, and instructors at a 150+ people gathering. 

USk Chicago admins are putting our creativity together and discussing ideas what we can do for our sketchers perhaps in the fall. Perhaps a series of individual workshops (if the pandemic abates), video workshops, sketching along with an instructor on Zoom are some of the ideas we're discussing. How about you? Do you have suggestions? Let us know.

And of course we have hopes for Seminar 2021! 

In the meantime, keep sketching and posting with us at our virtual meets! Be sure to use the hashtags #USkathome and #USkChicago



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Friday, May 1, 2020

Embracing Imperfection!

Sketches by Brian Wright

Our next virtual sketch-meet is 
Sunday, May 3
12 pm to 3 pm 

The Theme 
Embracing Imperfection
with Continuous Line


A continuous line is one which a single, (mostly) unbroken line is used to develop an image. It’s often used as sketch exercise and is a great tool for honing our hand eye coordination. The quick free nature of the sketch can lead to surprisingly energetic sketches. It’s a great way to break out of any perfection syndrome, as the imperfections are what make the sketch so interesting. So, please join us in embracing imperfection!

A great method to use 
  • Start with a one minute continuous line sketch 
  • Repeat with a new a 3 minute sketch
  • Finally about a 30 minute sketch.
  • Set your timer and hold yourself to it. 

You’ll see a dramatic increase in observation skills. It’s amazing how long three minutes can seem. Once the 30 minutes is up, add color or refine details further if you wish. Post all three, it’ll be great to see the results!

Please post your sketches to our Facebook group at 2:45 - 3:00pm. Also, please post to our Instagram group. Short descriptions or comments on your observations are encouraged.



Please include #USkathome and #USkChicago in your caption. 
Discussion to follow! 
Thank you, Brian Wright for hosting this sketch meet!


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Happy Anniversary to Us!


Where Does the Time Go?


In the Beginning

It seems like yesterday a small group of sketchers met at the Art Institute to sketch. We had to take refuge in Cosi because of rain. And so began Urban Sketchers Chicago!  

Eight years ago it never crossed our minds that this tiny band of five would grow into a lively group of almost fifteen hundred! Nor did we envision hosting an annual Sketch Seminar in Chicago and even an International Urban Sketchers Symposium! 


TriState Sketch Crawl at the Bean.     Photo: Bob Glazauskis

Today

It’s a good thing we’re a creative bunch; the idea of hosting virtual meet ups never crossed our minds, yet, here we are meeting online to sketch and share. We’re lucky to have the benefits of camaraderie and sketching in the Covid 19 time of isolation.

The Benefits of Sketching

  • Increases Creativity
  • Strengthens Focus 
  • Benefits Health
  • Adds to Communication Skills.
  • Increases Coordination


Here’s a link to a past post on the benefits of keeping a sketchbook.

 Happy Anniversary and keep on sketching and sharing!



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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

What's Your View Point?

Sketch by Gail Dokucu

Our next virtual sketch meet is 
Sunday, April 26
12 pm to 3 pm

Here’s the theme for this week’s Virtual Sketch Meet-up:

One Spot, Two Views

Hosted by Gail Dokucu and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Pick a spot and do a sketch, then turn and sketch whatever lies in the opposite direction. For the banner sketch, I sat on my balcony and sketched the view to the east and then the view to the west. (Note, no need to do a layout like this. You do you!)

Let your imagination run wild! 
There are other ways you could interpret this theme as well.  You could sketch the same view but at different times; for instance, night and day. Or the same view with different media in each sketch.   

As always, the event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Posting officially is from 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. but often we spend more time together beyond 3:00!  





Please post your sketches to our Facebook group at 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Please include #USkAtHome and #USkChicago so we can all find them!

See you Sunday!

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