Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sketch call for the month of August

This month, we're going to the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina!

Date: August 23, 2014 
Time: 9:00am-12:00nn
Meetup venue: Kapitan Moy Ancestral House, J. P. Rizal St., Bgy. Sta. Elena

Our sketch area is around the Kapitan Moy Ancestral House, the place where Don Laureano “Kapitan Moy” Guevara made the first shoes in Marikina. It now houses the Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina.

You may begin sketching as soon as you arrive and roam around the nearby areas. We regroup at the Kapitan Moy Ancestral House at 11:45 AM for show & tell and our group photo.

Places of interest in and around Kapitan Moy:
Kapitan Moy interiors (including the Café Kapitan at the ground floor)
The Old Chanyungco House beside Kapitan Moy
Our Lady of Abandoned Church right across Kapitan Moy
Capitan Venciong house
Dela Paz House
Marikina River

Accessible via a short walk:
Shoe Museum
Freedom Park & Marikina City Hall
Marikina Public Market
Teatro Marikina
Shoe Avenue

Join the Facebook group for updates and see the sketches made by our members. Search "Urban Sketchers Philippines", join, and we'll add you to our members list. Click here for the August sketchwalk event page.

Anyone can join this activity. See you there!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Sketchwalk at the 98B Saturday Market

For our July sketchwalk, the Philippine Urban Sketchers went to the historic street of Escolta in Manila, particularly to the Saturday Market of the 98B Collaboratory at the ground floor of the First United Building. The Saturday Market is one of the many activities held in the area to revive and enliven what was once the premiere shopping and entertainment hub of Manila.

The monthly Saturday Market offers vintage, pre-loved, and handmade items from local artists.

Photo courtesy of 98B Collaboratory
Photo courtesy of 98B Collaboratory
Photo courtesy of 98B Collaboratory
Photo courtesy of 98B Collaboratory

Aside from drawing in and around the market area, the sketchers also drew along the stretch of the Escolta.

Escolta street sign drawn by Cynthia Feliciano

Abbie Mendoza sketches with a background of what Escolta used to look like
before the Second World War.

Part of the Regina Building, by Carlo Martinez

Cesar Ramirez sketches one of the windows of the Regina Building.

Cherisse Aguilon's street view drawing, with the bell tower of the Sta. Cruz church in the background.

Sketch by Erwin Balines of a booth selling handmade trinkets.

Ige Trinidad's sketches of people he observed at the market.

Janne Soriano made two contrasting drawings. One was this drawing of the facade of the market,

...and the other one was this sketch of the interiors.

I sketched the same booth Erwin did. It was really colorful!

Man Marbella's drawing of the interesting structures he found along Escolta.

Mike Baluarte sketched some quirky signs printed on wood.

NiceNice Rodriguez's street view drawing.

The sketchers putting finishing touches to their work before show & tell.

It wasn't all arts and crafts at the market; it had music too. Blues musician Hoochie Coochie Mikkie graced the event and sang his heart out. 

Ige's sketch of Mikkie
My own drawing of Mikkie, with a small flyer about the Urban Sketchers Philippines.
We gave a number of these away to let people know about the group
and encourage them to join in our sketchwalks.

NiceNice drawing Mikkie

A great photo of NiceNice with her subject, blues musician
Hoochie Coochie Mikkie, who was thrilled to be sketched.

The sketches, all laid out for show & tell.

Another great turnout for Urban Sketchers Philippines! 

We'd like to thank everyone who attended the sketchwalk. See you again next month! The tentative date is August 23. No venue yet, but we're open to suggestions. :)

Do you like to draw on location or would like to? Everyone's welcome to sketch with us! Join our Facebook group for updates and see the works made by our members. Search "Urban Sketchers Philippines", join, and we'll add you to our members list. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sketch call for the month of July

When: July 19, 2014, 9am-12nn
Where: 98B Saturday x Future Market, First United Building, Escolta

We can sketch in the market area (the sellers, their stuff, the shoppers--anything that interests you) and along Escolta from 9am onwards. We regroup at the market entrance at around 11:45 for show & tell. :)

Join the Facebook group for updates and see the sketches made by our members. Search "Urban Sketchers Philippines", join, and we'll add you to our members list. Click here for the July sketchwalk event page.

Anyone can join this activity. See you there!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sketching at the University of the Philippines

The sketchwalk for the month of June was held at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City and rightly so: June is when classes all over the Philippines start. UP and some universities and colleges, however, don't have classes yet in light of their schoolyear transition (we're slowly shifting to an August-June schedule). Nonetheless, it's a fact that can be easily overlooked, seeing as how the Urban Sketchers were very eager to come to 'school' on a Saturday just to sketch.

The group met up at the Quezon Hall behind the Oblation statue, UP's most famous landmark and its iconic symbol. The statue is a bronze replica of the original concrete statue made by National Artist Guillermo E. Tolentino. The 3.5-meter replica was recast under the artist's supervision in 1950, 11 years after the original was made. It's no wonder that many of the sketchers chose to draw the Oblation.

Tancho's sketch of the Oblation, posterior view

Say hello to Nice and her dog Poypoy, who definitely knows what being "cool in school" means.

Nonie braved the scorching sun to sketch the Oblation, the Quezon Hall, and the close to 40 sketchers who came.

The sketchers took on the different views of the Quezon Hall as well as the other structures in UP. Some sketched their fellow sketchers, their taho (a tofu-based  snack with sweetener and small sago pearls), joggers, and anything that got their interest. It seemed that a morning wasn't enough to sketch everything--we're pretty sure many of the sketchers would love to visit the campus again just to draw.

Cherisse and her cup of sweet and warm taho

Erwin drew the sketchers being busy 

Gelo was able to capture the grand facade of the Quezon Hall and the Oblation right in front of it.

Ige went to the Vargas Museum and sketched the Rajah Soliman sculpture by the museum's entrance. The sculpture was created by Anastacio Caedo in 1987.

Another view of the Quezon Hall sketched by Janine. The Quezon Hall was designed by Juan Felipe Nakpil, who became the country's first National Artist for Architecture.

Jj with Rebecca at the back

Rebecca's sketch of the Quezon Hall columns

Cathy and her friends came all the way from Batangas to sketch in UP.

I went for an iced mocha at the Vargas Museum's cafe and decided to sketch the storefront.

Our two youngest sketchers of the day were twelve-year-olds Lennon (in green) and Sam (in gray).

Noel sketched the Hardin ng mga Diwata. The sculpture was made by Napoleon Abueva who became a National Artist for Architecture in 1976 when he was only 46 years old. This sculpture was done in 1994 and is located on the front lawn of the Faculty Center/Bulwagang Rizal.

Sam and Tancho, drawn by Randy

Romina and Rin were just two of the many new members who came to sketch. 

Sketchers having fun while having taho.

Bettina & the taho vendor, who looked perplexed (or curious?) about what the sketchers were up to.

The building's security guard took an interest in what Solo was doing, and came to 'investigate'.

The Philippine sketchers happily showing off their works. It was really a great turnout. Good job, everyone! See you next month!