Thursday, July 9, 2015

July 2015 Sketch Call

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Farmers Market, Cubao, Quezon City

This month, we'll be capturing the hustle and bustle of a marketplace. Farmers Market in Cubao is one of the most popular markets in the metro, and it has plenty in store for the urban sketcher--from meat, seafood, and fruit & vegetable stalls to dry goods and a "paluto" food court to boot. Sketch the busy market scene, the stalls, the vendors, the buyers, and whatever you see that interests you. Let's meet up at the Dampa/food court section at 11:45 for show & tell.

Please invite your friends to sketch with us. Joining is free!

Here's a cute illustration from showing the different sections of the market:

And here's a map to Farmers Market:

Facebook event page:

See you at the market!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Urban Sketchers Philippines at Fête de la Musique 2015

On the weekend of June 20-21, the world celebrated Fête de la Musique 2015. Urban Sketchers Philippines joined the celebrations for our official monthly sketchwalk and we went to one of the pocket stages in Makati City to sketch and listen to the music of the MOD era.

The sketchwalk was held at Alchemy, a bistro bar with quirky interiors. The MOD stage was set to feature blues, ska, soul, pop, reggae, and folk music from some of the country's best music artists. The sketchers caught the DJ set of Bing Austria and the set of folk musician Ian Penn.

Sketching outside the bar while waiting for the live sets to begin.

Sketching inside while drinking the world-famous San Miguel beers!

After the sketch session in Alchemy, some of the sketchers transferred to other stages to continue drawing and enjoying the sounds of this year's Fête de la Musique.

Lala Singian wrote about her experience and mentioned the Urban Sketchers in her blog here:

To see more sketches, do visit our group on Facebook:

Photos in this post by Ige Trinidad and Lauren Villarama. For the complete set, please click this link.

This June, Urban Sketchers Philippines was also featured in local online magazine See the article here! Urban Sketchers Philippines: Experiencing the city through the lost art of drawing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 2015 Sketch Call

June Sketchwalk: The MOD Stage at Fête de la Musique

This month, Urban Sketchers Philippines is doing something different. We will be joining the World Music Day celebrations with an afternoon-night of listening to and of course, sketching the performers and the music-loving crowd over at the MOD Stage of Fête de la Musique 2015. ;)

WHEN: June 20, 2015 (Saturday)
WHERE: Alchemy Bistro Bar, corner Polaris St. and Durban St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
TIME: 4PM-7PM (7PM show & tell, participants may choose to stay until after the sketchwalk ;) )

Alchemy is a bistro bar with three distinct areas: an outdoor pizzeria with an Italian wood-fired pizza oven, a unique indoor eating/drinking venue, and a rooftop wine bar. The MOD Stage will feature blues, ska, soul, pop, reggae, and folk music from some of the country's best music artists. If you'd like some good seats/sketching spots, please come early. :)

MOD Stage Event page:
Lineup: (as of June 16)
-6:00-Ian Penn (Folk)
-6:30-Kontra Tiempo (Rock)
-7:00-Nameless Heroes (Pop)
-7:30-The Royal (Pop)
-8:00-Sundown Muse (Pop)
-8:30-Rod Mijares Combo (Rockabilly)
-9:00-Dandimites (Skinhead Reggae)
-9:30-Steady Movin' Beat (Ska)
-10:00-Neighbors (Ska)
-10:30-D.O.M. (Mod)
-11:00-Blue Jean Junkies (Blues/Rock & Roll)
-11:30-Dragonfly Collector (Pop)
-12:00-Flippin Soul Stompers (Soul)
-12:30-GoodLeaf (Dub)
6:00-Boy Butengteng
8:00-Sgt. Vez
10:00-Minister Zero
12:00-Shane Cosgrove

Alchemy on Facebook:

Directions: From Makati Avenue, turn right onto Jupiter St. then first left onto Polaris.

No entrance fee, no joining fee. Just grab your favorite sketching tools and join us!

See you at Alchemy, the MOD Stage at Fête de la Musique 2015!

Independence Day sketchwalk in Manila

On June 12, Urban Sketchers Philippines commemorated the 117th Philippine Independence Day with a sketchwalk in Plaza Lawton and the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine near the Manila City Hall.

The sketchers met up at the Bonifacio monument at Plaza Lawton. The monument is a tribute to one of the country's heroes Andres Bonifacio, who was often called "the Father of the Philippine Revolution". We then walked to the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine.

The Kartilya ng Katipunan ("Primer of the Katipunan" in English) served as the guidebook--or manifesto--for the new members of the Katipunan, a revolutionary society founded in 1892. The first edition of the Kartilya was written by Bonifacio, one of the group's founding members. The shrine dedicated to the Kartilya depicted the principles laid out in the primer.

The Philippine sketchers in front of the Bonifacio monument. The building behind us is the Manila Post Office Building.

The day's sketches.

NiceNice and Ryfka Rodriguez

Constancio de Guzman

Manuel Jiongco

Lauren Villarama and Janeil Arlegui

Manuel Jiongco, Nigel Feliciano, and Cynthia Feliciano

Nigel and aunt Cynthia draw the Bonifacio monument.

Janeil and Greg Peralta, who joined the sketchwalk for the first time.

Aurelio Castro III sketching Mang Mose, who lives at the plaza.

Ige Trinidad

Janice Medina and Bianca Ejercito joined the sketchwalk, their first time doing so. :)

Honesto Sarte

Kim Alviar aka Izzy

It was also Jordan Racca's first time to join the sketchwalk.

Sketchers at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine

Louri Bundac, another newbie, documents like a pro. 

Ar Arcon

Sketching in the tropics requires umbrellas and hats!

At around noon the heat became unbearable, so we started packing up but not before the customary show & tell!

Sketching was a really great way to spend the Independence Day holiday! 'Til next!

*Photos in this post by Ige Trinidad.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Urban Sketchers Philippines 4th Anniversary Events in Old Manila

Urban Sketchers Philippines has come a long way from when it was formed in May 2011 with 3 initial members. Four years later, we now have more than 40 active members joining the monthly sketch sessions around Metro Manila.

Happy 4th birthday, Urban Sketchers Philippines!

For our 4th anniversary, we celebrated by holding two major events: our official monthly sketchwalk on May 16, and an exhibit and workshop on May 17, an activity that was held in line with the first Manila Urban Design Festival.

For our official monthly sketchwalk, we went to Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. Fort Santiago, located at the mouth of the Pasig River, is a citadel that was built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi when Manila was first established and is part of the defensive structure of Intramuros, Manila’s walled city.

Philippine sketchers in action!

National hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned at the fort before his execution in 1896; the fort features the steps Rizal took from his holding cell on the way out to in Bagumbayan (now Luneta), where he bravely faced his death.

The sketchers scattered around the fort, drawing everything from the tourist tram and horse-drawn carriages to the iconic gate adorned by a relief of Saint James the Great, the patron saint of Spain and after whom the fort was named.

Some of the sketches we made that day. 

USk PH also participated in the first Manila Urban Design Festival with an exhibit of works done on location and a lecture-workshop on sketching in one of the chambers of the Maestranza, part of the foundry of the armory located near Fort Santiago. It also served as a warehouse of the armaments and cannons during the Spanish colonial period. The Maestranza was destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt The workshop was led by Janeil Arlegui, one of the founding members of the group. Ryan Sumo also gave some pointers on sketching.

Lecture-workshop by Janeil Arlegui

Sketching at the Maestranza Plaza
Works on display.

Sketch of the workshop by Aurelio Castro III

After the workshop, some of the sketchers went out to the plaza to draw the festival goings-on: a demo by the members of Parkour Philippines, a demo-performance on Philippine martial arts, people buying food and browsing through crafts sold at colorful tents, families and friends walking around. All in all it was an enjoyable weekend of urban sketching fun!

Workshop participants trying out contour sketching.

Sketch by Manuel Jiongco

Sketch by Irma Lara

Sketch by Ryan Sumo

It's a wrap! Urban Sketchers Philippines with Julia Nebrija, Festival Director

More photos of the festival (and sketchers having fun on bicycles!) in Solo Galura's photoset on Flickr here.

Photos in this post by Ian Ulpindo, Ige Trinidad, Ched de Gala, and Irma Lara.