Friday, November 13, 2015

Backgammon "club" at the flea market

Jaffa Flea market is one of the most colorful places in Tel Aviv, full of authentic characters, patterns, smells, sounds and stories.
After I came back from Singapore, where I was fascinated by the chess players "club" in the middle of the Chinatown, I was looking for opportunity to sketch street games players here in Israel. This week I found them at the Jaffa . Small table and two chairs in the middle of the street, two players surrounded by the group of men - was really the best show in the city! I think that Olympic Games competitors need to learn the worrier's spirit from these backgammon players!

Suddenly we saw at the opposite site of the street group of men organizing something... What are they up to? They turned to Jerusalem direction and started to pray:

Of course, there is no sketching day without food - we couldn't resist to have some humus!

Small cup of black coffee and Nathan, very concentrated by sketching people around :)
 It was perfect sketching day!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"One Moment" - reportage drawing in the City Hall

This year Urban Sketchers Israel were invited again to take a part in the Municipality of Tel Aviv event "One Moment - Art in Unexpected Spaces". We were invited to be reporters of the event and also one of its attraction - sketching "live" all we see around.
Sketchcrawls are always fun, but being "reporters" of such a colorful event, when all kind of artists from various areas perform for the Tel-Avivian audience inside the municipality building - place they use to see when they pay taxes and fines - this is a very special and fun experience!
stand-up comedy

DJ improvisation

people in the hall
girls rock band "Yes Ma'am!"
people listening to the "Yes Ma'am"

reading poetry 

guards are enjoying as well

beer stand

woman dances rock'n'roll alone

guy with dreadlocks takes selfie

couple hugging

couple dancing
Music+sketching+some beer=happiness formula worked big time ;)
But seriously, it was amazing evening with great energies, well done the TA municipality and its citizens!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Drink&draw at "Suzanna"

Here are some sketches I did during our small drink&draw we had with with a bunch of friends-sketchers in "Suzanna" - coffee shop at Neve Zedek. Few hours flied as a one minute - I think I could do it all the day along - chatting, drinking and sketching with my friends.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Piano festival

Here are some sketches I did yesterday at the Piano Festival in Tel Aviv.
First one at the open to the public show before the concert - i didn't have much time to sketch, but believe me - there were a lot of people, listening to the music, chatting, singing and even dancing!
I drew the second sketch during the concert of Shalom Hanoch - musician that I like a lot. I managed to paint the watercolor background before the concert has started. The rest of the sketch I was needed to sketch in almost total darkness! the result was surprising ;)
 After the concert we were looking for a place to drink something, there was done the last sketch:
Almost forgot - the concert was really great, live music is real magic as always!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sketchcrawl in Sarona

So what we had during our last sketchcrawl in Sarona - perfect weather, a lot of sketchers that came despite to the "situation" - old friends and new faces, one international guest from New Zeland - Scott Wilson, and a lot of stuff to sketch around. It was really fun!
As I was also very busy by chatting, I decided not to waste my time by moving around and just continued to sketch everything I saw from my place on one long roll of paper :)

Here is another sketch I did in Sarona few weeks ago:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Last beach days

Today we had a perfect beach day - Israel Indian summer is the best for enjoying the sea.
I brought with me my markers which I didn't use for a while, it was fun!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September full of events

September is coming to its end - it was the month full of sketching events. This month Urban Sketchers Israel had their second group exhibition, taking part in Illustration Week Tel Aviv. The expo was called "Sketch It @ Loveat" and it told the story of the coffee shop "Loveat" through sketches made on location in different areas of the coffee shop, inside and outside.
27 members of USk Israel gave their authentic view and told their story about the place. The expo took place in one of the central branches of the coffee shop, so both the sketching team and customers could recognize themselves in the sketches.

During Illustration Week the group also held 3 sketchcrawls for the wider audience. At the opening event, visitors were invited to do spontaneous on-location sketches and to take part in the expo on a special "live" wall.
It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it! It felt like our annual party - celebrating another great year of sketching together, mutual passion and friendship.
Here are the sketches I did during the last sketchcrawls:

Now, back to the routine!