Monday, October 6, 2014

Sharing the Art of Urban Sketching at the BGC Art Mart

Severe weather on the weekend of our September Sketchwalk prompted the organizers of the BGC ART Mart at the Bonifacio High Street to postpone the event. The original schedule of September 20 was changed to September 27. We were glad for the bright sun when the sketchwalk day finally came.

On that Saturday, we not only sketched, but shared our passion for on-location sketching as well. Sketching on location isn't just doodling, but putting to paper what we see around us. Instead of a camera, we use pen and paper to record our observations. Along with our sketchbooks, we also brought books about sketching on location so that people can see what urban sketching is all about. We also brought paper and various art materials, encouraging people to sketch with us. Some of our members also came to sell art prints of their sketches.

Our table at the BGC Art Mart

Come and sketch with us!

Art prints and postcards for sale.

Sketchbooks and books on urban sketching

Jo and her watercolors

Ige handles the photodocumentation for the event

Patts sketcged the park and the sketchers

Sketcher sketching the sketcher! Carlo and his sketch of Nice

Dan and his sketch of Bonifacio High Street

Eileen shows us how it's done!

Erwin enjoys sketching while sitting on the grass

The Urban Sketchers and their drawings

Joy sketches the playing children
Lauren and the kids

NiceNice sketching the children playing in the park

A first-time participant exhibits her flair for on-location sketching

Another first-time participant shows off his sketch of a performer

First-time urban sketcher Patrick shows his drawing of Bonifacio High Street

Patts busy sketching

Lauren explains what it means to sketch on location

Irma paints the lush greenery

Irma, NiceNice, and Pedyson, urban sketchers  

Some of the works done by the urban sketchers

Joy, Lauren, Carlo, and Cesar

We would like to thank all of the members who came to help and sketch! See you all again on October 18, 3pm at Harbour Square for our official monthly sketchwalk. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

September Sketchcall: See you at the Art Mart!

Our official monthly sketchwalk will be held at the BGC Art Mart on September 20, 2014. We will also be having a booth where our sketch artists will be selling original sketches, art prints, and postcards.

Anyone can sketch with us! We will be bringing many kinds of art materials that you can try and use for sketching. You can also read some books about urban sketching and drawing techniques to inspire you and give you a push. :)

Urban Sketchers Philippines at the BGC Art Mart 
September 20, 2014
Booth #29, Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Urban Sketchers Philippines Goes to Marikina

Last August 23, the Philippine Urban Sketchers went to the country's Shoe Capital, Marikina City, for our official monthly sketchwalk. Sta. Elena, one of the barangays of the city, is known for its heritage houses, making it a great place to explore and sketch. The meetup venue was the Kapitan Moy Ancestral House, but since the sun was too hot, the sketchers flocked to the side garden of the Our Lady of Abandoned Church right across Kapitan Moy instead. The garden was shaded by trees and had benches and tables, and it was also a good vantage point.

Milo Sudaria, a Filipino based in Singapore and one of the members of Urban Sketchers Singapore joined us and brought along copies of their book Show Me Manila! Milo along with USk-Singapore artists Lisa Huang Li-Shan, Ong Whee Teck, Tan Chit Seng, Ignatius Yeo, Tony Chua, and Edric Hsu came to Manila last April just to sketch, and compiled their works into this book. As a special treat, Milo also gave the group some very interesting items to raffle off: a book by Andrew Tan aka Drewscape, colored markers, paintbrushes, and fountain pens. The lucky draw winners were very happy and grateful for the treats!

Due to insistent demand by fellow sketchers, Milo also gave a calligraphy demonstration!

Time really flies when you're having fun. Soon, it was time for show & tell!


Sketching made us hungry, so the group headed to one of the city's famous eateries, Mama Chit's, for lunch. Burgers and chips galore!

Thank you Milo!

This September 20, we're heading to Bonifacio Global City for the Art Mart 7 at Bonifacio High Street. We will have a booth where we will be promoting the art of urban sketching and selling our works as well. It will also be our official monthly sketchwalk, so we hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for updates on the Art Mart! If you would like to sketch with us, join the Urban Sketchers Philippines Facebook group.