Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Think Negative

 



Let’s Sketch!

Stop, Look, and See

Sunday, January 31
12 PM - 3 PM




Details:

To you make positive use of negative shapes in your sketches? Flipping the script can produce sometimes surprisingly powerful results as Wendy Easton’s lovely banner sketch shows


You might think of rendering negative space as drawing the shapes on your page around and between objects, rather than drawing the objects themselves. 


Don’t forget, though, about interior negative shapes – recall that Beatles posters where each Beatle is instantly recognizable from the shadow shapes in the eyes and under the nose and mouth. 


Wendy’s sketch uses both approaches: 

  • Through the window, the trees appear as bare paper surrounded by sky shapes 
  • Within her studio, the shadow shapes within objects reveal curtains, furniture, and art supplies. 


You can use negative shapes for an entire sketch, or just in selected areas.



Join us for our virtual throwdown on our group Facebook page on Sunday, January 31, between noon and 3pm, but always welcome late entries.


We follow USk Global’s guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos. When outside your home, be sure to socially distance and wear a mask to help everyone stay safe. All skill levels welcome – happy sketching! 


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Banner Sketch by Wendy Easton




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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Zoom X 2


 

Let’s Sketch
Zoomin' In
Sunday, January 24
12 PM - 3 PM

 Hosted by


 Gail Dokucu, Urban Sketchers Chicago

and Guest Host Michele Perrin


This week our host is Michele Perrin. Michele lives in St. Louis and is one of the founders of the USk St. Louis, but often joins us in Chicago when she visits her daughter, Courtney, who is also a member of USk Chicago!


DETAILS:

Zoomin' In

In the “olden” days (pre-pandemic), zoomin’ around typically referred to our hectic, harried lives as we rushed from one activity to another. But in 2020, Zoom took on a whole new meaning as we used it for a virtual communication tool to hold work meetings, teach school, and toast one another on Friday afternoons.


For this week’s theme, we’re going to use the IKEA interpretation of Zoom… you know, those pictorial assembly instructions showing enlarged renderings of fasteners and screw holes.


This week

  • Create a drawing (your choice,a corner of your living room, the view out your window, your car’s dashboard, a city skyline, etc.) 
  • ZOOM IN on one tiny detail – those things we urban sketchers often eliminate or approximate when editing a scene. 
  • Take time to reflect and really focus on those intricate details.


And in honor of the theme, Michele will be hosting a virtual throwdown from 3-4pm on Zoom!


Join Zoom Meeting Sunday

January 24 @ 3pm


If you’re available, please log in and say hello.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82031754355...

Meeting ID: 820 3175 4355

Passcode: 676296


Banner Sketch by Michele Perrin



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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Cozy Up and Sketch!


                                                              

Let’s Sketch
Hygge
Sunday, January 17
12 PM - 3 PM

 Hosted by


 Gail Dokucu, Urban Sketchers Chicago

and Guest Host Rachel Grossman,



Details:

Hygge is a Danish word with no direct translation into English (so what better idea for a USk Chicago prompt?) It’s pronounced “hue-gah” according to Visit Denmark’s website


Hygge is similar to our idea of coziness, but with overlaid ideas of contentment, well-being, and living in the moment. Hygge is important in Danish culture as a way of staying happy in the face of long dark winters. And since Denmark always ranks at or near the top in happiness-by-country ratings, they may be onto something.


Scenes of hygge include glowing fires in the fireplace, candles on the coffee table, cups of steaming tea and cocoa, fluffy slippers. But they can equally include taking a long walk in the woods and, in olden times, having a casual dinner party with a small circle of friends.


This week, let’s draw a small everyday moment of contentment and coziness.


Is yours  

  • a good book and a mug of mulled wine
  • an oversize hand-knit sweater and woolly socks
  • a walk through a snowy forest preserve (wear long underwear!)
  • a plate of tea cakes
  • a board game played with the family
  • something cozy that brings a sigh of contentment and warms up our cold and dreary winter?


Banner Sketch by Rachel Grossman



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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Do You Hear What I See?

 


Let’s Sketch
Music to My Eyes
Sunday, January 10
12 PM - 3 PM

 Hosted by

Jason McInnesGail Dokucu, and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details


While it’s a disappointment not to be able to attend and perform our typical music during the pandemic, there’s still plenty of music in the air!


Let your ears be your guide.

  • Sketch musical instruments or people playing music.
  • Sketch things that are music to you, like chirping birds on a wire, the rumble of the El past your window, or the joyful noise of a full sledding hill.


Include a bit of onomatopoeia if you’re so inspired. Feel free to interpret music as you hear it.


Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram.
A reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.


Banner sketch by Jason McInnes




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