Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Keeping It Simple



Sunday,  September 27

12 PM – 3 PM

 Let's Sketch

An Oversimplification

Hosted by Wes Douglas and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details:

This week's #uskathome challenge will be another "break out of your comfort zone" challenges for many of you. We are asking you to find an urban setting that speaks to you and sketch it in the most simplistic (even abstract) way you can. How much you break down your urban sketch into its essence will be your challenge (see the header created by urban sketcher Zuoz).


Referring back to the USK Manifesto, #5 states that "We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles." If abstract is not your style, this is the perfect opportunity to explore a different, simple style for yourself. Above all, have fun with it.


Please keep in mind the urban sketching guidelines https://www.facebook.com/notes/urban-sketchers-chicago/posting-guidelines/483492225026522/ and include the #uskchicago and #uskathome hashtags in your posts on Facebook and Instagram.


Posting time is Noon - 3:00pm  on Sunday September 27, 2020. If you can't post then, share your sketches when you can but, be sure to use the hashtags!



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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Now and Then

 


Let's Sketch
Sunday, Sept. 20
12pm-3pm

 Now and Then!


It’s been over 6 months since we started our weekly online meetups. Has your narrowed focus on your home, your neighborhood, and your restricted routine expanded your observational skills? Perhaps you’ve noticed the lengthening and shortening of the days, the transition from bare or newly-leafed tree limbs to exuberant foliage, changes in pedestrians’ clothing (besides those masks) – indeed, the level and types of activity inside and out.


This week, revisit a sketch done earlier in the pandemic. Feel free to concentrate on any one or more features that convey the passage of time. Perhaps you drew a late summer day in your living room, but now it’s dark inside at that time. Perhaps you could see the Lake or buildings through bare trees, but now all you see is green, green, green. Perhaps that “temporarily” closed restaurant is, alas, for rent – or, happily, bustling with patrons sitting outside.


Please post BOTH sketches on our group Facebook page. Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram


Email evelynbrody@iCloud.com if you have any questions.


Banner is a detail from Evelyn’s two versions of the view out her studio window this spring and summer.



We are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos. If you’re outdoors, remember to socially distance and wear a mask to help us stay safe. All skill levels welcome – happy sketching!



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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Who likes doing chores??



 


Sketch by Alex Zonis: A pile of clothes to be taken to a donation center. 


Let's sketch Our Chores! Before doing them!

Sunday, 12 PM – 3 PM


Details

Who likes doing chores?? Ok, ok, that was a rhetorical question!


To help you justify your procrastination, we came with an idea - Sketch your chore before doing it!! This way if anyone has an issue with an undone burdensome task, you have been engaged in an important artistic activity that could not be rescheduled!


  • Have a pile of dirty dishes? Great, sketch them!
  • Have to go grocery shopping? Wonderful! Draw a store, or produce department, or your empty refrigerator!
  • Maybe you are planning to change oil in your car? Perfect! Draw the engine, or the car, or the mechanic you took the car to!
  • Laundry? Cleaning bathrooms? Vacuuming? You know what to do!



We are back to following USk guidelines. If you need a refresher click here.


See you at the virtual throw down!


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


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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Pick a Color, Any Color!



                                                        House of the Rising Sun by Papier Plume in a Field Artist sketchbook ( by : MJ Ernst 

Let’s Sketch Chicago!
Go Monochromatic
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
12 PM – 3 PM


Details:

This week’s virtual sketch meetup theme is working with a monochromatic scheme - using tones of only one color. You choose the color and any type of medium can be used. For the banner sketch, an orange soluble ink was used. When water is added you can achieve many tones. Monochromatic sketching is ideal value practice

For more info : 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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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Be a Tourist at Home



Let's Sketch!

See Your Neighborhood Like a Tourist

Sunday, August 30, at 12 PM -3 PM

Hosted by Barbara Weeks and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details:

When you’re on vacation how many times do you say “Look at that!” or “That’s different” or “I’ve never seen anything like that” or just plain “WOW”?


 Let’s take a look at our neighborhoods like tourists. What do you think someone from faraway would see as different, strange, beautiful, odd, or, again, just plain “WOW”? 


It can be something you see out your window. Perhaps, put on your mask, be mindful of social distancing, and venture outside to sketch.


Dump the Covid doldrums and show us your world through tourist eyes!


See you at the virtual throwdown!

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




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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Tall or Short Story?

It's Up to You!

Sketch by Brian Wright
   Sketch by Brian Wright

Let's Sketch

Big and Small: Scale Tells the Story

Sunday, August 9
12 PM – 3 PM


Hosted by Brian Wright and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details

This week we explore drawing the same subject at different scales: Big and Small
The contrast of scales can help tell your story and make for an interesting composition. 

Could be:
  • landscape focusing on a tree and corresponding leaf
  • a building elevation or entryway and a door knob or window
  • reportage with a crowd of people and then a singular person with a sign
You get the idea!

It'll be interesting to see how the large scale drawing and the more detailed closeup drawing together can really stretch your skills and help tell the story of your subject.

Create your on-location sketch in your style and medium. Please keep in mind the urban sketching guidelines and include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram.



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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Little Things Mean a Lot!


Sketch by Gail Dokucu

 Good Things in Small Packages!


Let's Sketch

Little Things

Sunday, July 26

12 PM - 3 PM

Hosted by Gail Dokucu and Urban Sketchers Chicago 



Details:


Get out those reading glasses, friends! 
Let's see how small we can go this week! I was inspired to do this theme by the tiny works of Katie Woodward and Jingo de la Rosa, both of whom would have been instructors at this year's seminar. If you don't know them already, check them out on Instagram: @ramblingsketcher (Katie) and @jingoillo (Jingo). Of course, you can also feel free to interpret this theme in any way you choose, like maybe a big sketch of something tiny.

Remember that we are back to following USk guidelines. 
If you need a refresher, check out the information and infographic here!

See you at the virtual throwdown!


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