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Old 03-22-2018, 02:45 PM
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Urban Sketches

There is a growing Urban Sketchers movement and this "sticky" thread has been created so that urban sketchers can post their work here. Please spread the word. If there is sufficient activity we will consider creating an Urban Sketches forum.

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Old 03-22-2018, 03:52 PM
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Re: Urban Sketches

Wow, thank you, Yorky! This will give me even more incentive to stay active in the movement. There's a building right across the street that I've been intrigued with, wanting to paint it. I'll get busy with that now.
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Re: Urban Sketches

Doug,

It may be beneficial in this thread to repeat the urban sketcher's manifesto:

Urban Sketchers has a manifesto which reads:

We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
Our drawings are a record of time and place.
We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
We support each other and draw together.
We share our drawings online.
We show the world, one drawing at a time.


I mention this as it is a bit at odds with what I (we) normally do for a painting.
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Old 03-23-2018, 12:06 AM
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Re: Urban Sketches

In view of the above this thread has been moved to the Mixed Media firum.

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Re: Urban Sketches

Actually, I guess it really is a mixed media art. Using whatever our preference for art mediums, putting charcoal, graphite, ink and such does make it a mixed media. I choose watercolor and ink but others who are more experienced than I am probably use many different types of things to make their art.
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Thanks for your understanding Ellen, I use ink and wash but Scott posted the Urban Sketchers rules and it obviously covers all mediums.

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Re: Urban Sketches

I belong to the local urban sketchers group - it isn't my main subject but it makes an interesting change and is great observational practice.

I keep a sketch kit in the car for times when I have to wait somewhere or something interesting crops up. It's a pencil case with a small box of watercolours, waterbrushes and normal brushes, conte pencil, eraser, a few coloured pencils and bits and pieces. I normally take a variety of things to draw/paint with though and this is only an 'emergency' kit.

These are some recent ones in a grey Nova S&B sketchbook





and sketching a sketcher with her drawing board



and waiting for family at the denitst and drawing the windscreen in heavy rain - I loved trying to get the distortions







from the same spot almost but no rain
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Re: Urban Sketches

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Thanks for your understanding Ellen, I use ink and wash but Scott posted the Urban Sketchers rules and it obviously covers all mediums.

Doug

Sorry, Doug. My reasoning for posting the manifesto was for the "from life" and "as it appears" lines, as I only recently learned there were rules to being an urban sketcher. I wrongly assumed that they were a lawless bunch.

I completely forgot about the "any media" piece being in conflict with the watercolor forum. Didn't mean to rain on anyone's parade.
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No problem Scott, it is less restrictive now.

Sketchers please post your work in the Urban Sketches sticky at the top of Mixed Media.

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Re: Urban Sketches

I hope a new forum could be created for Urban Sketches, Doug, that would be great

Here is my last downtown sketch in the autumn:


9.5x7 watercolor and ink on Ecosystem sketchbook en plein air event downtown Big Spring. Sketched with Micron 01 pen, this lamp post and tree scene indicate the crisp autumn air showering the town's sidewalks with fallen leaves and debris. Late afternoon shadows are streaking diagonally across the very old brick building behind in the background.
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Nice sketch Kay.

I'll raise the forum with the moderators when I return from holiday on Monday.

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Re: Urban Sketches

I've gotten away from sketching on location. Here is one from quite a while ago that I really enjoyed drawing with ink and later adding washes of watercolour.
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Vivien, I really like the energy you infuse into your sketches.
Kay, lovely work, especially the lamp post.
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Doug, that sounds great, I am thinking it will prompt us to do more sketching and will tempt others to join in the fun.

Rick, wow! Love this carefree still life of dishes, simple and packing a punch.

Thanks for your comments on mine.
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