Our first Sister City Sketch yielded some excellent sketches and interpretations of our “tower” theme! Thanks to everyone who participated, and special thanks to Calgary Urban Sketchers for the great suggestion to sketch “together”. You can see their wonderful tower sketches here. We’ll be doing a Sister City sketch on the second Saturday of every month.
This coming week’s sketching theme is “reflection”. You can join in on the theme or do whatever inspires you in your urban sketching.
We are starting to incorporate a “your choice” sketching opportunity with each month’s sketching themes. Even though the themes are not compulsory, sometimes it’s nice to just do whatever urban sketching subject that we like. There are some great “your choices” for November 7th!
Remember, this coming week is our first Sister City Sketch with Calgary Urban Sketchers. We will all be sketching the theme: “tower”, and then we’ll share the sketches with both chapters through our blogs. Should be fun!
Here are our themes for November. Not compulsory but have some fun with them if you decide to join us sketching the themes!
Sister City Sketch: We are going to be sketching with Calgary Urban Sketchers! On November 14, and then then on the second Saturday of every month through the winter, we are going to be sketching “together”, but on our own (as we have been doing with the Sketch-In & Arounds through the pandemic). Sketchers from both chapters will sketch the same theme for that day (eg. the Nov 14th theme is “tower”). Share your sketch on our Facebook page as usual, and the administrators will then share the sketches on our Facebook pages via each others’ blog posts. I’ll post a reminder on the second Friday of every month. It will be fun to collaborate and see what our two great groups are doing!
And remember “You must capture from direct observation, not from a photo or image. This can be in your home, or out and about.”
The theme this week was shadow. Some lovely interpretations and some great “do your own urban sketch” work too.
The theme for this coming week is, of course, Hallowe’en! Be sure to make these on-location urban sketches. We are having some more temperate weather this week which will help get us out there! As always, the theme is not compulsory. Have fun!
If you’d like to join in on some non-urban sketching for Hallowe’en (and other themes), here is your chance to use your imagination, sketch portraits, landscapes, still life, etc. All the things that are not urban sketches! I (Marlena) am leading a daily sketch club for our local independent radio station CJSR’s Fundrive. It takes place October 30 to November 7. It is open to all ages and levels of ability so get your families involved too! I will be announcing a different sketching theme every day of the Fundrive on CJSR radio at 8am and 7pm, along with an art-themed piece of music to get the creative juices flowing. It will also be announced on CJSR’s social media. At the end of each day, you post your sketch on your social media (NOT on the Urban Sketchers Facebook page) with the hashtag #CJSRsketchclub, and CJSR will repost the sketches on their social media. Have fun and help out Edmonton’s only volunteer-powered radio station to raise some awareness and some funds!
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!
The sketching theme for those who joined in was, appropriately, “Thanksgiving”. I think perhaps a lot of sketchers were busy with Thanksgiving festivities, and although the pandemic doesn’t allow for large gatherings, sometimes small gatherings can take just as much preparation. We ended up with 8 sketches submitted this week – all incorporating beautiful autumn colours!
Our sketching theme for this coming week is “Bridge”. Have fun with it if you wish to join in, or sketch whatever inspires you.
Our October Sketch Themes for sketching on your own:
As the cooler weather sets in, and in keeping with Covid safety practices, we will carry on as before with sketching on our own wherever we find ourselves. Posted above are the optional sketch themes for each week of October. A reminder of the week’s theme will be posted every Friday on our Facebook page. However, let’s not restrict ourselves to sketching only on weekends, so:
1. Sketch the theme, or not, as you wish, but sketch something each week. 2. Sketch on any day or days of the week. 3. Post your sketches on any day or days of the week.
And most importantly! Stick to the Urban Sketchers Manifesto! a) We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. b) Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. c) Our drawings are a record of time and place. d) We are truthful to the scenes we witness. e) We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles. f) We support each other and draw together. g) We share our drawings online. h) We show the world, one drawing at a time.