Thursday, November 11, 2021

T&T Thursday

And still growing!

What is an Urban Sketch?

By  Alex Zonis


We continue to welcome new sketchers into our group, our numbers at this writing is an impressive 1620! Every couple of years it seems useful to touch on the common topic of what is an Urban Sketch.



An Urban Sketch simply is:
  • Drawn on location, or mostly on location. 
  • The location can be urban or rural
  • it can be inside or outside.
  • It means that you are out there with your sketchbook reporting on the world as it unfolds in front of you.

There are some No’s too 

An Urban Sketch is not: 
  • a drawing from a model
  • a still life on a page without background for context
  • drawing made from a photo


Through the most difficult months of the pandemic we became more lenient in our moderating and acceptance of posted sketches. Why add more stress to people’s lives - was the justification.

Now, as we are emerging on the other side of the stressful times, Urban Sketchers Chicago is returning to our core mission - sketching on location. This also means that we are returning to moderating our USk Chicago page to the pre-pandemic level.


Here’s our favorite graphic on what is, and what isn’t, an Urban Sketch.




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