Before I post some of this week’s lovely sketches, first a gentle reminder to everyone that urban sketching is our purpose for this group. Some of the sketches are still veering away from that so I think we need to explain a little better about what constitutes an urban sketch.
Urban Sketchers Edmonton became an official chapter of the international Urban Sketchers organization earlier this year. We were a bit more casual before that, but now that we have official status we need to remain true to urban sketching according to the manifesto.
You can check out the manifesto on the Urban Sketchers website, and this video might also help make things a little clearer.
So, as the video indicates:
- A sketch of a coffee cup or an object is not an urban sketch. A sketch of the coffee cup including background to show its location is an urban sketch.
- A portrait is not an urban sketch. A sketch of a person in their surroundings to show where they are is an urban sketch.
- Sketching is always live and on location, whether that be indoors or out. It is not from memory or imagination and not from a photo. It is a true record of time and place.
I know it sounds pretty specific, but for example if you belonged to a portrait painting group, you wouldn’t paint landscape or still life. Although there are limitations, within the urban sketching genre there are still tons of subjects that can be sketched.
During the pandemic we have been suggesting weekly themes to help us feel like we are more connected and sketching together, but the themes are not at all compulsory. You are free to do any urban sketching subject that you like.
If you would like to participate in this coming week’s theme, it is “shadow” so have let’s have fun with it and see what we come up with!
Here are the “bridge” theme sketches from this past week. Thanks for the beautiful work everyone!
Posted by Marlena Wyman