Monday, April 11, 2016

Urban Sketchers Philippines Joins Design Week Philippines!

Mark your calendars - Urban Sketchers Philippines is part of the Design Week Philippines this coming April 16 and 17 in Intramuros.

There will be a free short workshop (anyone can join!) starting 3 p.m. on both days on the basics of sketching. The workshops will be presented by Eileen Bondoc Escueta and Janeil Arlegui. Sketchwalks will follow.

Pre-Registration for the workshop:
We only have 25 slots for the Saturday and Sunday workshops, so if you are interested in attending, please go to the official event page here and leave a comment with your name/s and when you'll be joining (Saturday or Sunday) or send us a message.

Anyone can join the sketchwalk, even if you were not able to register for the workshop. :) The sketchwalk will commence right after the short workshop and there's no limit to how many can join (it will also be our official sketchwalks for the month of April), so please do come!

Things to bring: sketching materials of your choice / any drawing materials you are comfortable using. We're expecting a hot summer day, so don't forget to bring water and your sun gear!

We will also have a booth along Gen. Luna street (between Anda and Real streets) for the Intramuros Pasyal Street Market.

This activity is conducted with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Come and join in the sketching fun!

Event page: Urban Sketchers Philippines Joins Design Week Philippines!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Sketch Call

Date: March 19, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Meetup at the Ateneo Art Gallery (please be there before 9 a.m.)
Regroup: Ateneo Art Gallery by 11:30am

The sketchwalk for this month will begin with a short tour of the Ateneo Art Gallery. After the tour, sketchwalk participants will get to choose spots/subjects for sketching in and around the gallery.

Click here for the Facebook event page for updates.


Directions to Ateneo for those who will commute: 
 If you are coming from South, Take the MRT and alight at Araneta Cubao. Then walk toward LRT 3 (Purple Line) then take the train to Katipunan Station. Exit at the North Entrance and walk towards the jeepney below the flyover. Take the jeepney to UP Campus and tell the driver to drop you off at Ateneo Gate 3.

 If coming from Quezon Ave./Pantranco, or SM North, take the UP Campus jeep and ask the driver to drop you off at Vinzon's Hall. Across the hall, wait for the jeepney to Katipunan. In Katipunan, alight at CS Place Bar and Resto then cross the bridge to Ateneo.

Many thanks to Mr. Ricky Francisco for this invitation to sketch at the see “Other: Zobel and Sansó: A Prints and and Drawing Exhibition” at the Ateneo Art Gallery!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Doodle4Travel Urban Sketching Workshop

Come and join Urban Sketchers Philippines tomorrow, Friday, December 18 at the Titus Markers event Doodle4Travel at Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Blvd., Pasay City. There'll be 3 urban sketching sessions:
*Each session will have 15 participants.

See you! 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 2015 Sketch Call

The holidays are just around the corner and before everything gets really crazy, let's have a relaxing day sketching at the Salcedo Community Market!

This is our last official sketchwalk for the year, so don't miss the opportunity to learn, practice, chat, eat, and simply enjoy the urban greenery with fellow sketchers. As always, everyone is welcome to join - no registration fees, just bring your own drawing materials.

Where: Salcedo Market
            Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, 

            Makati City

When: December 5, 2015

Sketching starts at 9:00am (you can come early of course)
Show and tell at 11:30am (this is when we regroup and show our work)

If it's your first time joining, please don't be shy! Just approach anyone holding a sketchbook/pad (he/she is most likely an Urban Sketcher) and say hi. :) See you on Saturday!

Please see our Facebook event page for more details:

~ Lauren

Sunday, September 20, 2015

First day of the 3-series On-Location Sketching Workshop

Old and young, they came to learn the few basic principles of drawing from observation. The first course, basic line sketching and the rest of the other two courses - watercolor, and advanced quick sketching techniques are held at the National Museum (National Arts Gallery) of the Philippines for 5 consecutive Saturdays, lifting their rule of  "no sketching" policy to safeguard against vandalism - anything that marks like pencils and pens are surrendered with the front guard station.
Students of the workshop apply the principles of sketching from the former Congress Hall of the Philippines.
Some of our active members took the opportunity to sketch this historic building. And got to show the students some what we do. The workshop is also in conjunction with the LJC Group, who is sposoring this activity. The workshop runs from September 19 to October 9, 2015.

Regular members in action spent 30 minutes alongside the students. This looking up and down actually looks funny, but this is what we do when we temporarily retain an "after image" of our subjects and mimick it onto our paper.

Cesar Ramirez, who recetnly started teaching university level drawing shows the principle of a one-point perspective drawing from observation.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Binondo Sketchwalk

Last Saturday's sketchwalk was planned to be about El Hogar Filipino Building which most of us haven't sketched yet. I've been scouting the place for a while, and there is a good vantage point across Pasig River.

El Hogar Filipino Building along Muelle de la Industria cor. Juan Luna

Sketchers at full concentration

Meg's sketch. So much detail for a tiny space!

Patts' sketch

El Hogar.
It was lunch time when we finished sketching, some of us had to leave early because of prior engagement so we were not able to have a group shot of our finished works. We just proceeded to the nearest food store. On our way to Quick Snack, we passed by the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arc which sparked another interest for sketching. The three of us who were able to stay after lunch returned to the spot.

A view a little further to the right seems better, but may be too dangerous :D
Nadja's sketch
Ched's sketch

Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch
An attempt to get a shot of all the sketches before going home

On our way home, we could still see a lot of good subjects to sketch, but most of us were tired from the heat and the weight of our gear. Definitely we are planning to go back. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

August 2015 Food Park Sketches

There were many interesting things to draw when we had our official monthly sketchwalk in August at StrEat, a food park located in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. Here are some of our outputs that day!

I made a collage of the things I saw at StrEat: Schmidt's gourmet hotdogs truck; the queue at The Lost Bread; folks eating and chatting under the bright yellow StrEat umbrellas. We found a spot at The Grape Escape. This was drawn while having 4-cheese pizza and iced tea. 

Ige Trinidad's sketch of the G.R.EAT Burger Truck

"I first saw this food truck online and knew I had to sketch it. I had to leave my chosen spot when the drizzle became hard to ignore, but I'm glad our table still gave me a good view of the truck so I was able to finish my sketch." - Ige Trinidad

Tissa Pagaduan's collection of sketches at the food park

Tad Pagaduan's collection of sketches at the food park

Randy Valiente's sketch of eating customers

Food and people sketches by Jo Uygongco

Juancho Dizon's sketch of Magpie Cafe in the food park

Irma Lara's version of the G.R.EAT Burger Truck

Patti Boquiren's drawing of the G.R.EAT BURGER Food Truck during her very first sketchwalk!

Kuki Ulpindo's sketch of the scene at Me Love You Long Time

Trollskipot del Castillo's sketch of the long queue at The Lost Bread

Nadja Ginete's sketches of Me Love You Long Time, Schimdts, and Saucy Food

"I spent some years living near Maginhawa. Back then, you could find restos and little nooks on the street without having to worry about crowds or being shooed away because you're taking too much time staying at their place. Back then, you could still enjoy the serenity of spending time with your buddies, munch the food without too much noise or hustle and bustle going around, and not even worry about traffic. But, of course, with the passing of each year, even days, things or places change. What has been an ordinary street with restos then could and would join the bandwagon of progress in the vicinity. And maybe that was the story of Maginhawa. And so coming to StrEat Food Park was a little bit stirring, if not nostalgic.

"Arriving at the sketching venue, I took some time settling down but I was glad I found the resto 'Me Love You Long Time' at the corner and ordered the food I've been thinking the whole day. I requested for my tom yum soup to be (mild) spicy as I am afraid it would be too hot for me to handle. I also tried their basil ice cream, which Kuki (thanks, Kuks!) shared with me. Both delighted my senses and satiated my hunger. Will definitely be back." - Nadja Ginete

Sketches by Eileen Bondoc Escueta

"As it was to many others, the red truck was irresistible to sketch.... still closed when we arrived in StrEAT last Saturday. Also tried to sketch the fast movement of hungry diners... next to impossible! As were the lines of customers for milkshakes... settled for pink lemonade." - Eileen Bondoc Escueta

Cynthia Feliciano's rendering of Magpie Cafe.

"All that scribbling on the glass panel of the cafe made it a lot more interesting." - Cynthia Feliciano

Sketch by Cesar Ramirez Jr. 

"1-hour sketch of a whole scene during our Maginhawa sketch walk. Had to do a few erasures as I am still practicing this effect. The good thing with this style is you get to become more conscious with where your lines go. Resulting to a better composed image and closer to what you actually see in terms of proportioning and objects placement." - Cesar Ramirez Jr.

Sketches by Dindin Cruz

"Thought I'd be drawing food but the people were more interesting subjects." - Dindin Cruz

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