Thursday, August 29, 2019

Amsterdam - Urban Sketchers Symposium 2019

I'm continuing to tell about my trip to Amsterdam, here is the first post.
Symposium days started from faculty meeting (many hugs and kisses) and trip to the Royal Talens factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, sketchers' version ;))
Next three days were crazy and exciting marathon of teaching. My workshop "Face to Face" was dedicated to capturing urban portraits and took place at the Waterlooplein Market - great place with plenty of various faces!
Wonderful symposium volunteers' team took care of every tiny detail. Even of weather, but maybe a bit too much, because Symposium days were really hot!
Heat of close to 40C doesn't disturb fearless and enthusiastic participants - they all did wonderful, trying out different approaches, getting out of comfort zone and capturing a lot of stories by human faces!

It was so nice to share the location with two of my favorite sketchers-instructors, who fancy people sketching and storytelling as well - Suhita Shirodkar and Rita Sabler.
Here are some sketches i did as a quick demos during the workshop:

And couldn't not to sketch the Chief - a hero of the market:

Here are some more sketches I managed to do in between the workshops:

 And how without the traditional portrait duel with my love, Inma Serrano!

More portraits of my friends, more drink&Draws and... it was over!!!! :(
Zoe Lewis
Len Grant
helping Richard Briggs to do tape sketch!!!!
cooling out at the Rembrandt Place
the reporters team

the last Drink&Draw
Huge thanks to wonderful and crazy group of people who make this event happen! I miss you all so much!!!!
Will be continued....

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Amsterdam - pre Symposium

Trying to assume such a huge experience, as an Urban Sketchers Symposium is not an easy mission. It was my 6th one, and being a part of this organization from the beginning - 10 years round - adds to the whole feeling something epic. It feels strange to think that 10 years ago keeping a sketchbook was very individual and lonely activity, and today I can share my intimate experience of sketching with my big world family anytime I wish it! I remember my first Symposium in Lisbon, the shock of meeting in person virtual friends I felt I knew so well by following their sketches!
Amsterdam Symposium was really a wonderful one, it has everything and even more! The magic of meeting old friends-sketchers and continuing conversations we started a year ago as it was yesterday. Being privileged to be one of the instructors, teaching groups of enthusiastic sketchers from all over the world. Making new friends. Drinking and drawing. Exchanging sketchbooks. And drawing again. And all this in beautiful, welcoming, even if a bit too hot ;) Amsterdam!
Enough words, I'll let the sketches to tell the rest :)
I arrived a few days before the Symposium, so I had a chance to taste a bit the city, before the madness begins ;)
First Drink&Draw with Suhita, Liz, Shari, Caroline and Cecilia:

One of the days Suhita and I lead the PeopleMania! workshop on the beach - something we were talking about for a long time and finally my dream to teach together came true - it was SO fun!

I also used these days to check my Symposium workshop location - Waterlooplein Market. These two sketches were donated later to the Silent Auction:
More sketches of people and places:

Will be continued!