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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Friday, July 17, 2020

Are You Looking at Me?


A Peek Behind the Scenes




Let’s Sketch:
Behind The Sketch


Public
 · Hosted by Wes Douglas and Urban Sketchers Chicago

Sunday, July 19
12 PM – 3 PM


Details


Do You See What I See?

 We’re going to change it up a bit this week. So many of you wish that you could see how the others sketch on location, what kind of tools that you use and where you sit during your sketching. This week, we hope you will sketch any scene that interests you and in front of you, but add a couple of extra photos so we can see HOW you sketch and the tools you like to use. You may need a little help with a friend taking your photo or video in action. Do you live in a city? On a farm? Near the water, or mountains, or desert? Are you home-bound? Sketch from real life and show us your world!

Since this is about the time we would’ve had our Annual Chicago Sketch Seminar, we hope you will participate virtually and share a behind the scenes of how you urban sketch. Then post your final sketch and the work up photos as you normally would on Sunday. Questions can be posted in the comments below.


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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Back to Basics!




We Show the World, One Drawing at a Time



Sketch: Barbara Weeks



Do You See What I See?

Yes, we show the world, one drawing at a time but, our worlds can be very different! Do you live in a city? On a farm? Near the water, or mountains, or desert? Are you home-bound? Sketch from real life and show us your world!


  • You don't have to sketch everything but, you can if you choose. 

On the Chicago River-Barbara Weeks 

  • Or, just add some context to give us a sense of place if that's your preference.



Mariano Park, Chicago- Barbara Weeks


Main South HS Track Meet-Barbara Weeks



In A Nutshell

This is one of the best graphics depicting what is an Urban Sketch and what isn't! I'd love to give credit to the designer(s). If you know who it is please let us know in the comments! 



Show us your world where ever you are!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Yes, You Can!

Sketch by Alex Zonis


Let's sketch

Sunday, July 12

 A Personal Challenge




Details
A Personal Challenge in Urban Sketching.

Many of us have something we think we are not good at in Urban Sketching, so we tend to avoid it. People, perspective, architecture, cars, mixing color, straight to watercolor, finishing a sketch on location, ... the list is long. This Sunday we will sketch and practice a subject or method or tools that is a challenge for us and get better at it.

Once you decided what challenge you will work on, think what questions you may have about it. Ask your questions on USk Chicago group, members who are good at this subject will help with suggestions. Or you can reach out directly to USk Chicago sketchers who have your challenge mastered.

As usual, the event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Posting officially is from 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. If you would like feedback on your challenge sketch, you can ask for it, we have an abundance of knowledge and mastery in our group and we can tap into it.

Sketch by Alex Zonis. The challenge here was to sketch a realistic landscape in ink and control multiple inks.


Remember to adhere to the Urban Sketcher Manifesto!
Please post your sketches to our Facebook group 
and include #USkChicago so we can find them all!



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Friday, June 26, 2020

We're Going Though a Phase

Sketch by Mary Jo Ernst

Let’s Sketch Chicago


Open For Business Phase 4


 Sunday, June 28



Public

Let’s keep the ball rolling and sketch our favorite businesses as Illinois institutes Phase 4 of Reopening. Please take advantage of our great weather, get out and sketch on location and share your sketches on our group facebook page this Sunday 12-3pm. Remember to tag your sketches with #uskchicago #uskathome so that we may share your work on our group Instagram account. 

We are back to following global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.

Remember to social distance and wear a mask when out to help us move along safely in our reopening.

Happy Sketching! Share your skills to support our local businesses

 Please email ernstmaryjo@gmail.com
 if you have any questions


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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Skeletons?

In Your Closet!





Sketch by Alex Zonis - 
This is not my scariest closet :)


Let's sketch 
 In Your Closet!

Sunday, June 21
2 PM-3 PM


A few weeks ago Barbara and I were talking about closets.

It went like this:

Alex: I have many great closets, but they are so full of junk that nothing more fits. One of them closets is really scary - every time I open it something falls out, usually on my foot.
Barbara: Isn’t the quarantine especially designed to organize our closets?
Alex: Oh….
Alex: Did you organize your closets?
Barbara: NO!

In the last few months we have become very closely acquainted. We have seen our kitchens, workspaces, food pantries, even bathrooms. Now let’s see our closets! I have it on a good authority that at least two of us have skeletons … well, skulls … stored in them. This Sunday we will take a look.

As usual, 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 since Sunday is Father’s Day and you may have plans, feel free to sketch and post whenever through out the day.
Don't forget to include the hashtags in your caption: #uskathome #uskchicago

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Open for Business



Let's sketch

Open for Business!

Sunday, June 14

Hosted by Wes Douglas and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Now that many businesses have started to find ways to slowly reopen or stay open in a safe manner, our next challenge is to celebrate your favorite business. This is an activity that is best done by direct observation (please no photo references). 

  • Sketch the exterior of their building, an outdoor dining experience or a representation of how you best interact with that business. For example, if you cannot visit a physical location, maybe you only deal with a business through its delivery to your front door. 
  • Sketch your package delivery at your front door. 
  • Sketch the delivery van, or the lunch you ordered at your table. Some restaurants now offer street dining, sketch that. 
Post your sketches sometime between Noon and 3:00pm, if you are able, and don't forget to include the hashtags in your caption: #uskathome #uskchicago

Have fun with this. And feel free to tell us why this is one of your favorite businesses. Above all, continue to practice safe distancing and stay healthy.

Questions? Ask Wes Douglas in the comments below. 
Looking forward to seeing your sketches on Sunday.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Urban Sketching at Its Best


Documenting This Trying Time


Thank you to all USk Chicago sketchers who joined us on Sunday. See their neighborhoods from their personal vantage points during this troubling time. It is Urban Sketching in its truest sense.

Our Manifesto

  • We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  • Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  • Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  • We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  • We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  • We support each other and draw together.
  • We share our drawings online.
  • We show the world, one drawing at a time.


Welcome to Our Worlds


The City


Alex Zonis

Ann Speltz

Arun Dabholka

Barbara Kay Herring 

Barbara Weeks

Eileen Martin Ferguson


Evelyn Brody


Jenny Zhang


Joann Harling


Marilyn Rugg‎


Mary Harney


Sandra Beaty

Sara Prokup


Yelina Noskina



The Burbs

Brad Bisbey


Brian Wright 


Carla Milano Nelson


Debbe Rigney-Hays


Harold Goldfus


Lynne Fairchild‎


Sherry Smith


Shruti Vijay 

Suzanne Royals


Wes Douglas



Out-of-State


Anna Rappaport

Bob Glazauskis


Heather Hultgren


Lynn Pauly

Patricia Fallon



Covid Hero 


A special thank you to Michelle Kaim. Thank you for being on the pandemic front-line. Thank you for taking some of your free time to share your sketches from the Covid unit in your hospital with us. We look forward to the time when we can all sketch together again.


Michelle Kaim 
Michelle Kaim





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