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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Friday, August 28, 2015

USk PH August Sketchwalk @ STREAT Food Park

There was a typhoon during the days leading to this month's sketchwalk, but rains couldn't stop the Philippine sketchers from spending the afternoon at StrEat, a food park located at Maginhawa Street in Quezon City.

Most of the establishments open at around 5pm, but as early as 4 there had already been folks lined up, waiting to be served. The park had a wide variety of culinary creations to delight the senses, and there were food stalls and trucks all around. And of course, people. One would think that, due to the inclement weather, people would stay curled up in their homes or somewhere indoors--but no, no amount of rain or gushing wind can keep them away from their favorite burgers, pastries, pizza, shakes, nachos, and in our case, sketchbooks and pens.

Thank goodness for the canopy over the main food park area. Of course, one must never go out during rainy season without an umbrella!

There was plenty to sketch and plenty to eat, and the sketchers lost no time putting pen to paper and tacos in their tummies.

Greasy hands down, it was a fun (and flavorful) afternoon-evening of urban sketching. We were glad it had stopped drizzling when it was time to show our works!

Full sketchbooks and full bellies.

Want to see our sketches more closely? Stay tuned for our next post!

Thanks to Ige Trinidad for the photos! To view the whole album, click here: