Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Art & History - Urban Sketching

Urban Sketch by Shari Blaukopf
I'm starting on an interesting art journey and I'm inviting you along. What is it, you wonder? It is an art practice called Urban Sketching.

Definition: Wikipedia defines Urban Sketchers as "a global community of artists that practice drawing on location in cities, towns and villages they live in or travel to. It was a movement started on Flickr by a journalist Gabriel Campanario. Urban Sketchers is now a nonprofit organization and its manifesto has been translated into multiple languages.

It's mottos is: "We show the world, one drawing at a time!"

There are also now a number of vritual urban sketching events and groups, where the sketchers "travel" and sketch places through photos and Google Images.

Why did I get interested?
I have always been a watercolor artist, and have recently come back to it. However, over the past couple of years, I also started painting and drawing using other art mediums, such as oils, pastels and watercolor pencils. My goal for the next months is to improve my drawing skills. I'm also fascinated with graphite and pen drawing. Urban sketchers usually use a mix of all of these medium, especially pens, pencils, watercolor pencils, ink and watercolors. I also love history and architecture, something which, again, figures heavily in urban sketching.

Taken from Urban Sketchers blog

What do you sketch? 
Everything you see. Architecture, people, animals, what you see out of your window, by your job or on your travels anywhere.

Books on Urban Sketching: 

 The Urban Sketchers: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location

 The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World

 Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location

Urban Sketchking kit by Gabi Campanario


Alena Kudriashova – Sketch travel Journal

 I'll be posting my sketches as I progress and learn. I would love to see yours, as well.

Monday, May 2, 2016

I'm back!

I apologize for being absent from my blog for so long. It's been a few crazy months of hard work, wonderful book releases from City Owl Press, getting ready for, and then attending, the RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas, paining, and much more. But I promise that I'm now back and there will be posts at least 2-3 times a week from now on!

So see you very soon.
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