Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 2015 Sketch Call

When: January 31, 2015 (Saturday)
Where: Quezon City Memorial Circle
Time: 4-7pm
Meeting/central area: Liwasang Aurora (in front of the Quezon Monument) Fountain area

We will be sketching in the vicinity of the Circle (monument, Circle of Fun theme park, playground, bazaar, gardens, shops, ambulant vendors, groups, families, etc.). Sketch anything that interests you! At 6:30 PM, we will regroup for show & tell and our group photo by the big fountain in front of/near the Quezon Monument.

As with all of our sketchwalks, this event is open to the public and is free of charge. Anyone can join, just bring your own sketching materials.

After the sketchwalk, participants are invited to head over to Conspiracy Garden Cafe at Visayas Avenue for the last day of the Rough Notations exhibit (and more sketching!).

Click here for the Facebook event page: January Sketchwalk

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Urban Sketchers Philippines' New Year Party and Exhibit Opening

The members of Urban Sketchers Philippines welcomed the new year with a gathering and exhibit opening on January 10 at Conspiracy Garden CafĂ© in Quezon City. The group’s exhibit, “Rough Notations: drawings from direct observation”, features the location drawings of Cesar Ramirez Jr, Ryan Sumo, Patts Cadayona, Elizabeth Joy Santos, Lauren Villarama, Gee Roxas, Erwin Balines, Ige Trinidad, Jayson Ramirez, Ar Con Regiel, Solo Galura, Cynthia Feliciano, Nadja Ginete, Randy Valiente, Lennon Valiente, Manuel Jiongco, Ched De Gala, Honesto Sarte, Marcela Suller, and Carlo Martinez. The show will run until the 31st.

Janeil Arlegui, one of the founders of the group (along with Ryan Sumo and Buz Walker-Teach), gave a brief history of how the Philippine chapter of Urban Sketchers Philippines came about. As one of the moderators of the group, I gave a short recap of the sketchwalks done in the past year as well as the activities USk-PH took part in. I also cited some locations where we can have our sketchwalks this year, including Cubao Expo in Quezon City, Binondo in Manila, and the Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo. Aside from sketchwalks, the group also plans to conduct workshops and come up with a publication. From the eager faces I saw, I can tell it’s going to be another fun year of drawing on location!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a gathering of sketchers without sketching! In addition to our own sketchbooks, members were also given pieces of paper to draw on, which were later collected. A ‘traveling sketchbook’ also made its way around tables, with members instructed not to spend more than five minutes on their sketch. The members were also asked to bring sketching materials that we could raffle off in our lucky draw. 


We ended the gathering with a customary group picture, wishing everyone a great year ahead.

November and December 2014 sketchwalks

Last November, Urban Sketchers Philippines conducted a night drawing session at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. The members were also able to watch the lights and sounds show that the park conducts every holiday season.

Carlo Martinez sketches using black paper and a white marker

Young urban sketcher Calvin Kho draws the tents and lights of the park

Janeil Arlegui draws with a mobile phone light for illumination

Joy Santos was able to capture the lights show
Some of the sketches drawn during the night sketching session

The sketchers regroup for a well-deserved dinner after sketching

On December, the rainy weather prevented most of the members from attending the sketchwalk, but it still pushed through at Star City, an amusement park in Manila beside the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Drawings by Singapore-based Milo Sudaria

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Urban Sketchers Philippines welcomes 2015 with ROUGH NOTATIONS exhibit

Happy New Year to all from Urban Sketchers Philippines! To welcome the new year and celebrate all we have accomplished, we are going to hold an exhibit of on-location sketches to share the art of urban sketching. The exhibit, "Rough Notations: drawings from direct observation", is the group's first exhibit for the year, and will feature the works of more than twenty members of USk-PH. The show opens on Saturday, January 10, and will run until the 31st at Conspiracy in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. Please support our local sketch artists and help us continue to 'Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.' 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November Night Sketching

The nights are starting to get chilly, and what better way to embrace the cool November breeze than having an evening sketchwalk in a park?

This month, Urban Sketchers Philippines will do some relaxing night sketching at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. We will start the session at 5pm sharp with a short meeting and a lecture on techniques.

MEETING PLACE: Caramia Gelateria, beside Amici

Please be there by 5pm so that we can begin the meeting-lecture right away while there's still some natural light. :)

***The works that will be produced on November 22 may be chosen as part of the Urban Sketchers Philippines exhibit in January.***

Let's catch (and sketch) the Lights and Sound show too! The show happens every 30 minutes starting 6pm.

We'll regroup at 8pm for show & tell, then have dinner together so we can discuss our plans for the next three months in detail.


  • Loose leaf acid-free drawing paper/board, maximum size 8.5"x11" (short bond size). Spring-bound sketchbooks are also okay, because the sheets can be torn off.
  • Your choice of materials, but keep in mind we will be sketching at night, so lots of lights and shadows. :)
  • A small flashlight/headlamp/LED light with a clip that can be attached to your sketchbook/pad/drawing board and allow you to see what you're doing.
  • Foldable seat/ a piece from an old tarp /something you can sit on.
  • Water and food to munch on while you're sketching (we'll be having dinner late).

We have a lot in store for Urban Sketchers in Philippines in the coming months, so we hope you can attend our November sketchwalk and dinner meeting!

Our agenda for the meeting:

  • December Sketchwalk
  • Urban Sketchers Philippines exhibit preparations (November to December)
  • New Year Party / Exhibit opening (January)
  • January Sketchwalk & Sketching Basics Workshop
  • January (ad hoc) sketchwalk: Papal Visit

See you on November 22! Click on our event page to join: November Night Sketching. Come and sketch with us--it's free, and you don't have to be an art major!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fountain Pen Day 2014

Fountain Pen Day was celebrated in the Philippines from November 6-8 at SM Aura Premiere in Taguig City. The Urban Sketchers teamed up with Fountain Pen Network for this event, which featured an exhibit of works done using fountain pens, pen and ink sales, workshops, calligraphy demos, drawing contests, a pen meet, and a sketch meet.


works by USk-PH member Randy Valiente

works by USk-PH member Nice Rodriguez

Philippine sketchers showing their works done during the sketch meet.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It's a Sketchy Night!, by Rene Enriquez

Urban Sketchers Philippines member Rene Enriquez shares with us this video, in which he sketches one of the patrons in the restaurant he was having dinner in. He took a video while he sketched and added watercolor washes when he got home.

"Over dinner tonight, I sketched this white haired old man who was engrossed with reading something on his laptop. It was cool actually to see he wasn't afraid with new technology and was keeping up with the times. For the whole duration of this 12-minute sketch, I painstakingly took a video with my phone cam using my left hand while my right was of course, drawing."

It's a Sketchy Night! from Rene Enriquez on Vimeo.