Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dressed for Sketch-cess


With only a few weeks left before the Chicago Sketch Seminar, no doubt you are starting to think about what to bring, how to pack and what to wear. Fear not because, thankfully, urban sketching is nothing like going on vacation or climbing Mount Everest. All you really need is something to draw on and something to draw with...a pencil and a sketchbook. Done. Beyond that it is a personal preference for your style of sketching and whatever your workshop instructor has suggested for you bring.

If you scan through the past Tuesday Tips & Tricks, you will see a vast collection of techniques and how-tos that mention recommended brands of art supplies. And as long as you trust the Chicago Sketch Seminar Sponsors*, you just can't go wrong. But unless you want to drag a rolling suitcase around with you all day, decide how you plan to sketch that day and simplify your supplies to fit in your shoulder bag or backpack.

So how about that third question: "what to wear?" Perhaps you have heard the phrase “travel light?” This is very good advice when you will be walking the streets of Chicago with a few too many art supplies. And yet with Chicago weather you never really know what to expect so you have to plan for contingencies. Here then is my survivor’s guide to urban sketching in Chicago.

> wear something to protect your head
> wear something to protect your eyes from the sun
> wear something to protect your skin from the sun and possibly insects
> wear something because we are a casual group, just not THAT casual

The diagram below shows the anatomy of the properly outfitted Urban Sketcher:

A collection of Urban Sketchers’ Popular Seats, Stools and Chairs:

*Chicago Sketch Seminar Sponsors:
USk Chicago is grateful for the generosity and support of its Seminar Sponsors. Our sponsors are supporting the Seminar through financial and product donations. Donations will go towards supplies and materials for workshops, product samples for goody bags for each registrant, materials to be tested in the Supply Speed Dating Activity, as well as some incredible raffle prizes to be raffled at our Gallery Reception on Sunday evening.  Make sure to visit their websites and connect with them on social media to see how other sketchers are using their products:

Blick Art Materials  #blickartmaterials
·       Twitter            @Blick_Art
·       Instagram      @blickartmaterials
·       Facebook     “Blick Art Materials”

·       Twitter            #DeAtramentis
·       Instagram      #DeAtramentis
·       Facebook     “Atramentis”

·       Twitter            @FaberCastell @Faber-Castell USA
·       YouTube      FaberCastellUSA
·       Facebook     “FaberCastellUSA”
·       Pinterest       “Faber Castell USA”
·       #fabercastellusa
General Pencil
·       Twitter            @GeneralPencil
·       Instagram      @General Pencil
·       Facebook     “General Pencil Company”
·       #GeneralPencil
#GeneralsPencils #GeneralsCharcoal

·       Twitter            @Hahnemuehle_USA
·       Instagram      @Hahnemuehle
·       Facebook     “Hahnemuhle USA”, “Hahnemuhle”
·       Pinterest       “Hahnemuehle”
·       #Hahnemühle

Jet Pens
·       Twitter            @JetPens
·       Instagram      @JetPens
·       Facebook     “JetPens.com”                   
·       #JetPens

Nock Co.
·       Twitter            @NockCo
·       Instagram      @NockCo
·       Facebook     “Nock Co.”
·       #Nockshots                  #Nockc

Sakura of America
·       Instagram      @SakuraofAmerica
·       Facebook     “Sakura Color Products of America”
·       #Sakura

Stillman and Birn
·       Twitter            @StillmanandBirn
·       Instagram      @StillmanandBirn
·       Facebook     “Stillman & Birn”
·       Pinterest       “Stillman & Birn”
·       #Stillmanandbirn 

Winsor & Newton
·       Twitter            @winsorandnewton
·       Instagram      @winsornewton @winsornewton_usa
·       Facebook     “Winsor & Newton” #winsornewton
·       #winsornewton

·       #winsorandnewton


  1. Great illustration of fashion-forward sketchers! I wish I looked that good when I'm sketching! ;-)

    - Tina

  2. Thank you for checking out my post Tina!! And you give me a great idea: perhaps I should submit this article to Vanity Fair as an occasion that needs fashion but is currently very functional---hahaha. Allow me to inspire you as you see fit.

  3. In Chicago, I have overdressed for what I thought was a chilly 5K run, and underdressed for a day of summer sketching. You hate to carry too much but as the Boy Scout motto says, "Be Prepared."


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