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!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Singapore USk Symposium - part 3 - A Collective Reportage

I owe to myself one last post about Singapore USk Symposium. Unfortunately, I din't have a time to take many workshops, because all my mornings I was busy by teaching. The only one that I managed to take, was Simo Capecchi's "A Collective Reportage" workshop. I'm interested a lot in reportage and storytelling aspect of urban sketching, and it was a long time I wanted to take Simo's workshop, one of the specialists of reportage drawing.
It was very interesting to hear Simo's introduction, in which she told about different approaches to the reportage drawing and showed a lot of examples - her own sketches and also other artist's works. Then our mission was defined and we went to make our reportage about the Chinese Temple at Waterloo Street.
I had with me my self-made accordion sketchbook, which construction dictated me the character of my reportage - repetitive compositions, with minimal texts, capturing all kind of people - vendors, temple servers, security guards, and, of course, the prayers.

It was a great experience, the small conclusions and comprehensions will continue to drop-down in my mind all the time, while I'm sketching.
I miss Singapore and its terrific atmosphere, but all this great experience will continue to echo inside me!