Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
I drove out this morning for another session of windshield sketching. I needed to drop something at the Post Office so checked around back for any mail trucks. They did keep coming and going so I sketched these quickly. I also found a sign on the fence. That and the PO logos on the trucks are bits of collage.
The sign says, "the Eagle always faces forward".
Then I drove to the central part of Renton with the plan to sketch more houses but I happened upon an event that was perfect for the USk Flickr group's weekly theme: "masks". The Chamber of Commerce was giving away PPE to small businesses. They had some people in dino costumes to attract attention! However, they moved a lot and then packed up and left before I was finished. So my sketches of them were very quick.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
This is another spot where I've wanted to sketch for a while now. I first noticed all these Amazon Prime vans a few months ago. They are in a large, otherwise empty, lot on the edge of the center of my suburban city. There must be at least a hundred of them! With more people not going into stores, we're buying on line for delivery. Amazon is obviously a big part of that. In addition to the gray Prime vans, there are dozens of white Herz rental vans.
On my way back from an errand, I decided to stop to get this sketch done. I found a nice shady spot to park the car with a view of this line of vans. From there I did a "dashboard" sketch (tm Steve Reddy). I didn't get a hero shot as the vans all got driven away before I'd quite finished. As I often do, I didn't think about doing an in-progress photo when I saw the drivers gathering. It was a good thing I didn't plan on putting a lot of detail into the further vans as I'd only just gotten the first wash laid on when they all drove away!
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Even if you aren't on Flickr, you can share your sketch of the weekly theme on our Facebook group. There's also no reason why you can't explore past weekly themes and post your sketches.
Here is my very first weekly theme sketch, which was boats. I hadn't done any drawing in about 40 years at that point! (Throw back to Stephanie Bower's challenge from USk Talks!)
This week's theme is "your nearest public transport stop ". I did a dashboard sketch (thank you, @steve_reddy for the term) from the safety of my car. The parking lot behind the bus stop is for a gas station, coffee stand, and a food truck. It was just a little too busy for me to want to sit outside to draw.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
My car hasn't been driven much and the battery has suffered for it, so I took a long drive on the freeway to charge it up. I thought this could be a good day to get off at this spot to do a dashboard sketch of the silo from the car. There was no one around so I could have gotten out of the car to sketch but it was raining quite steadily.
I finally remembered to take a hero photo.
--by Kate Buike
Sunday, April 26, 2020
During her wonderful appearance on the Instagram live USk Talks show with Rob Sketcherman, Stephanie Bower issued a challenge: "Post any early sketch paired with any recent sketch (doesn’t have to be the same location), and talk about what you’ve learned along the way. Any Ah-ha moments? Be sure to pat yourself on the back for all your hard (but fun) work!! So rewarding, isn’t it? Why do you sketch?"
(FYI, USk Talks is Sundays at 9am PDT live on the USk Instagram account, linked above)
I drew constantly as a child, teen and young adult. I stopped after college when I got my first good camera, which then became my medium. Thus it was over 35 years since I'd last drawn regularly.
I discovered Urban Sketchers in early 2012 after retiring in August 2011. I went out sketching a couple times before I attended my first outing on 26 February 2012. I'd had some colored pencils from a class I'd just taken.
Very first sketch upon returning to drawing, 23 Feb 2012
Sketched during my first sketch outing at the Stinson Mansion, 26 Feb 2012
This isn't very recent but I considered it one of the better perspective sketches I'd done (though I can see some issues with it now). It was done during the open sketch outing which was on the last day of Stephanie's "Good Bones" workshop. When I put it down, a couple of the students asked how I learned to do that. My response: Stephanie's workshop 2 years ago!
I think in my early training and practice I didn't do many perspective scenes. I've learned so much from other Urban Sketchers... in workshops, online and in everyday sketch outings.
I learned to take on a complex building like this bit by bit. I never would have attempted this in 2012. I started with a big shape and built it out from there, so to speak!
For another comparison, here's a sketch of my local water tower, done for the USk Flickr group weekly theme. 8 March 2012 By then I had a set of Koi watercolors (which I later ditched as quite unsatisfactory).
That theme came around again in 2017
I've belonged to only 2 or 3 groups in my life where I've felt I'm among "my people". So much about Urban Sketchers is wonderful. It's welcoming, accepting, encouraging, nonjudgmental and willingness to share attitudes are its good characteristics.
Urban Sketching has made my life better. I've met wonderful people. It's provided so much enjoyment in my retirement.