Friday, September 12, 2014

September Sketchcall: See you at the Art Mart!

Our official monthly sketchwalk will be held at the BGC Art Mart on September 20, 2014. We will also be having a booth where our sketch artists will be selling original sketches, art prints, and postcards.

Anyone can sketch with us! We will be bringing many kinds of art materials that you can try and use for sketching. You can also read some books about urban sketching and drawing techniques to inspire you and give you a push. :)

Urban Sketchers Philippines at the BGC Art Mart 
September 20, 2014
Booth #29, Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Click here for the event page.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Urban Sketchers Philippines Goes to Marikina

Last August 23, the Philippine Urban Sketchers went to the country's Shoe Capital, Marikina City, for our official monthly sketchwalk. Sta. Elena, one of the barangays of the city, is known for its heritage houses, making it a great place to explore and sketch. The meetup venue was the Kapitan Moy Ancestral House, but since the sun was too hot, the sketchers flocked to the side garden of the Our Lady of Abandoned Church right across Kapitan Moy instead. The garden was shaded by trees and had benches and tables, and it was also a good vantage point.

Milo Sudaria, a Filipino based in Singapore and one of the members of Urban Sketchers Singapore joined us and brought along copies of their book Show Me Manila! Milo along with USk-Singapore artists Lisa Huang Li-Shan, Ong Whee Teck, Tan Chit Seng, Ignatius Yeo, Tony Chua, and Edric Hsu came to Manila last April just to sketch, and compiled their works into this book. As a special treat, Milo also gave the group some very interesting items to raffle off: a book by Andrew Tan aka Drewscape, colored markers, paintbrushes, and fountain pens. The lucky draw winners were very happy and grateful for the treats!

Due to insistent demand by fellow sketchers, Milo also gave a calligraphy demonstration!

Time really flies when you're having fun. Soon, it was time for show & tell!


Sketching made us hungry, so the group headed to one of the city's famous eateries, Mama Chit's, for lunch. Burgers and chips galore!

Thank you Milo!

This September 20, we're heading to Bonifacio Global City for the Art Mart 7 at Bonifacio High Street. We will have a booth where we will be promoting the art of urban sketching and selling our works as well. It will also be our official monthly sketchwalk, so we hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for updates on the Art Mart! If you would like to sketch with us, join the Urban Sketchers Philippines Facebook group.

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.