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DRAWING

Attention

The official zine of Urban Sketchers MAY 2018


Drawing Attention Mandate Drawing Attention, the official monthly zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events; shares news about USk chapters; and educates readers about the practice of on-location sketching. Managing Editor: Brenda Murray Mailchimp layout: Jane Dillon Wingfield ISSUU layout: Anne Taylor Writers: Mark Anderson; Brenda Murray; Meagan Burns; Pedro Loureiro; Ann Schwartzwald; Leslie Akchurin; Jane Dillon Wingfield Contributors: Parka; Maria Regina Tuazon; Amber Sausen. Front cover image: Asnee Tasna. Subscribe to Drawing Attention. Read the April edition of Drawing Attention. Circulation: 9402 Readership: 16,000+ (April 26, 2018). Web: urbansketchers.org Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Click here to make your tax-deductible contribution via Paypal. © 2018 Urban Sketchers. 2 DRAWING ATTENTION

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Urban Sketchers, Since 2007, Urban Sketchers has grown from an online community of artists sharing sketches of where they live, to a global community of sketchers, educators and volunteers who draw, teach and work to make on-location sketching accessible to EVERYONE! Beginning May 25th, I ask you to give to Urban Sketchers’ 10K + 10K Matching Fund Campaign. With your help and commitment, we hope to raise $10,000 (USD) by June 8th, with donations graciously matched by a member of our sketching community for a total of $20,000. Your donation and the matching funds will support

the organization’s mission to promote on-location sketching to our global community. Check out the testimonials on the power of Urban Sketching on page 51. Support the campaign by sharing your story of how USk has changed your life on our USk Facebook page! Please help Urban Sketchers bring on-location sketching education to those who have not had the opportunity to show their world one drawing at a time. Happy sketching! Amber Sausen, USk President

Thank you to our 16k+ readers of Drawing Attention for your continued support. We invite you to send a Letter to the Editor of 200 words or less before the 15th of the month to the email address below. Please include your name and USk chapter. We reserve the right to edit, condense, or reject letters. Brenda Murray, USk Communications Director drawingattention@urbansketchers.org.


Contents

CONTENTS 4 USK NEWS & EVENTS 10 SKETCHING ADVENTURES IN THE ALGARVE 20 FEATURED WORKSHOP: USK CHICAGO 24 FEATURED WORKSHOP: PRAGUE 30 FEATURED CHAPTER: USK THAILAND 36 FEATURED CHAPTER: USK INDONESIA 44 A MINIMALIST APPROACH TO SKETCHING: MIKE DAIKUBARA 52 FEATURED CHAPTER: USK HO CHI MINH CITY 58 NEW CHAPTERS 59 REVIEW | ENDNOTES

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CALL FOR FUTURE SYMPOSIUM CITIES If your chapter is curious about hosting the symposium at some point in the future, click HERE for more information. We’re here to answer your questions and to guide you through the process of becoming a host chapter. Send your questions to symposium@ urbansketchers.org.

HOW TO START A NEW USK REGIONAL CHAPTER To be successful, you need: • a geographically-defined, inclusive community of individuals who practice on-location sketching in the spirit of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto; • a free online platform where your members can share sketches, interact with each other and find information about the chapter’s events; • and a minimum of 3 Admins committed to the USk Mission and manifesto. Being an Admin requires a commitment to the success of your community of sketchers, including planning sketching events, sharing work online, and communicating with USk and other regional chapters. To learn more about how to be recognized as a USk chapter, please see the Regional Chapter Guidelines. 4 DRAWING ATTENTION


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Urban Sketchers would not be the amazing organization it is without hundreds of amazing volunteers! As a USk volunteer you will meet new people and learn new skills. You will be part of an international team connected through technology, working remotely and cheering each other on. Volunteering with USk can be very rewarding! We are currently seeking volunteers to fill the following positions: Volunteer Fundraising Director • Volunteer Sponsorship Administrator For more information click HERE. •

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BRING A WORKSHOP TO YOUR CHAPTER Urban Sketchers organizes workshops taught by our top instructors in collaboration with USk chapters around the world. If you would like to bring an official USk workshop to your chapter, start the conversation with our Education Director, Mรกrio Linhares at education@urbansketchers.org.

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artists & art lovers For more information about ad placement, sizes and costs for corporate sponsors, email Omar at omar@urbansketchers.org

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10X10 WORKSHOPS

THANK YOU!

Do you want to start being an urban sketcher? Are you already a sketcher and want to improve your drawing skills? Don’t wait any longer. Join a 10x10 class in your city. Or take a train or a plane to a beautiful city and learn with an USk instructor. To see the list of 10x10 classes around the world click HERE.

USk would like to thank Meagan Burns for the great work that she has done as a volunteer writer for Drawing Attention for the past year and a half. Meagan is also the Admin of USk San Miguel de Allende. Meagan always approaches her projects with great energy and enthusiasm. We wish her great success in all future endeavours.


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SKETCHING ADVENTURES IN

THE ALGARVE

THEY CRASHED A WEDDING, ENDURED RAIN, HIGH WINDS AND LOW TEMPERATURES, STRUGGLED WITH ILLNESS BUT HÉLIO BOTO AND RÓISÍN CURÉ STILL MET THEIR COMMITMENT TO SKETCH IN THE ALGARVE REGION OF PORTUGAL FORMING A NEW FRIENDSHIP ALONG THE WAY. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER, SO THE SAYING GOES!... THEY SHARED THEIR COLOURFUL STORY WITH BRENDA MURRAY.

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n the glow of travel memories, intrepid sketchers Hélio Boto from Portimão, Portugal and Róisín Curé from Galway, Ireland laugh about the obstacles and silly situations they got into during their Sketch Tour Portugal trip March 20-26. “We broke down into hysterics all the time,” Róisín explains. It seemed the natural response to the difficulties they faced. “We called it extreme sketching,” she added. The theme of their Sketch Tour Portugal excursion was gastronomy and wine, nature, and sun & sea. The duo visited a national park in Olhão, a shallow coastline

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graced with flamingos, took a ferry to Farol Island, marvelled at the opulence of Quinta do Lago, sketched in old town Faro, explored a thermal spa and natural waterfall on Mont Chique, toured the Loulé fish market and more. “It was the trip of a lifetime,” Róisín said. “I was impressed that even the fishermen spoke perfect English! Everyone was so laid back and genuine.” Surrounded by so much variety and scenic beauty the team developed a sketching rhythm and their sketches became more fluid from the pressure to produce six sketches per


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day. Often they became so absorbed in their sketching that they ignored feeling ill or cold. There is certainly no hint of obstacles in the charming sketches the pair produced. They also learned a lot from each other and shared sketching tips and reflections about life. Róisín is grateful to Urban Sketchers and Tourism Portugal for this tremendous opportunity and we are grateful to Hélio for so graciously introducing his little corner of Portugal to Róisín and to the rest of us urban sketchers. Róisín hopes to teach a USk workshop in Galway, Ireland in August. Check the next edition of Drawing Attention for more information.

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Sketch Tour Portugal

RÓISÍN’S TIPS: “I was encouraged by Hélio’s light-hearted approach. When I got home I ordered some Rembrandt paints because I loved how transparent Hélio’s paint looked.” MAY 2018 13


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‘Kill your darlings’

SKETCHES BY RÓISÍN

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SKETCHES BY HÉLIO

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HÉLIO’S TIP: I learned from Róisín not to overwork my sketches and to leave more blank spaces in the sketch to give a sense of light in some areas.

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: A VIEW OF BELICHE BY RÓISÍN, AND TWO SCENES FROM LOULÉ BY HÉLIO. BELOW: A GARDEN AT CALDAS, MONCHIQUE BY HÉLIO; SURF AT MARETA AND A TRADITIONAL BUILDING AT FAROL BY RÓISÍN.

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“LET’S HAVE A PARTY AND LEARN SOMETHING IN THE PROCESS” IS THE UNOFFICIAL MOTTO OF USK CHICAGO, WHOSE MEMBERS PREFER NOT TO TAKE THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY. LESLIE AKCHURIN LEARNS ABOUT A DYNAMIC CHAPTER’S BIG EVENT.

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Since Alex Zonis (above) founded the chapter in 2012, its more than 900 members have formed a tight, friendly, and innovative group. “Whenever there is something that needs to be done, there are people who spring up to do it,� she says. Consequently, the group has ventured out in many ways, and most notably by hosting an ambitious yearly USk Chicago Sketch Seminar that effectively offers participants a Symposiumlike experience on a more modest scale. Chicago sketcher Don Colley first hatched the idea for a yearly Seminar in 2014 after recognizing MAY 2018 21


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local desire for an event that was accessible and affordable. Translating this concept into practice, Alex and organizers made a decision to charge the minimum possible to meet expenses, with the idea of “ending up with zero dollars in the coffers.” 22 DRAWING ATTENTION

The first Seminar lasted two days, with eight workshops and 54 participants who each paid $20. As the events have grown and become more professional, their costs have risen somewhat, but this year’s June Seminar will be capped at 145 people and still cost a relatively

modest $75 each. The workshop faculty will also be augmented with some exciting long-distance instructors, but the first Seminars drew exclusively from local talent. Alex laughs as she recalls how she encouraged artists with no previous teaching experience – even pushed


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and dragged them “in a friendly way” – to instruct supportive local participants. She takes pride in seeing how confident and successful some of these instructors have since become. Alex has many happy memories of learning and camaraderie during the Seminars, but of course there are always some unanticipated challenges. She recounts one workshop that she struggled to teach after garbage trucks swooped in to load trash on three sides of her park location! This year, she’s excited about workshop offerings that will go beyond techniques of drawing and painting to related concerns like new kinds of tools, promotion of one’s artwork, and collaborative ideas like the “panorama party” that will constitute one workshop in which participants will assemble their individual images, quilt-like, into one large panoramic vision.

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In recent years, the venerable Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, housed in a lovely three-storey mansion, has donated the venue space that serves as a kind of home base for ceremonies and other indoor activities. Most workshops and the sketchwalks will naturally occur out in the city, and there are some fun auxiliary aspects, like goodie bags, commemorative t-shirts, a Drink & Draw dinner where the community can gather over food, and a raffle for art supplies and books. Registration for this year’s Seminar closes May 1st, but Alex hopes that interested sketchers will check in with USk Chicago around December for next year’s seminar dates. She invites us to “Come sketch in Chicago, where we have such variety—both a lake and a river, skyscrapers and historic buildings, and people of all backgrounds—almost everything imaginable!”

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f you’re a sketcher living close to the European city of Prague, perhaps you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to Mário Linhares’ upcoming workshop, “Urban Sketchers Weekend”, taking place June 15-17, in the capital city of the Czech Republic. Although sold out, this weekend event will be a fantastic opportunity to learn what it means to be an Urban Sketcher and discover all the tools you’ll need to get started. “Anyone can be an urban sketcher, you don’t need to have special talents, just a sketchbook and a pen,” Mário explained. “It’s only a sketchbook and you can keep it private, or share with others on social media, but first you must have a desire to sketch your world.”

Sketchers, Lapin Barcelona, Shari Blaukopf, Behzad Bagheri, TIA Boon Sim, Paul Wong, Veronica Lawlor, Rita Sabler and Fred Lynch, among others. This is where participants will learn how to start using a sketchbook in their daily life. Saturday’s full day workshop will focus on the fundamentals of being an urban sketcher, along with tips on how to shake the fear that may overcome them when faced with a new sketchbook -- or your first sketchbook. Sketching is often something we do by ourselves; this workshop will be a great

The weekend will be divided into three different events, kicking off Friday night with a lecture open to everyone. Mário will discuss historical artists who used sketchbooks in their daily lives, from Delacroix, Picasso, Goya, and Le Corbusier, but will also refer to contemporary artists like Gabi Campanario, who started Urban MAY 2018 25


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opportunity to learn alongside the sketching community, while discovering there’s more than one way to be a sketcher. Sunday will be an open “Sketchwalk”, led by Mário and the local admins from the Prague Chapter. For those who have never ventured out to sketch in the streets with others, this will be an opportunity to experience the spirit of the Urban Sketchers community; and this event is open to all. Mário will travel to Prague with his wife Ketta and son Matteo; proving that families who sketch together have more fun! Mário Linhares lives in Lisbon, Portugal with his family, and has studied at the Artistic School António Arroio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design, and a master’s degree in Visual Arts Education. He teaches art at a private high school and is the longest serving USk board member as the 26 DRAWING ATTENTION

Education Director. Mário works with regional chapters in-terested in creating workshop and educational opportunities for sketchers, as well as workshops offered at the USk symposiums. If you won’t be able to sketch with Mário and his family in Prague, look for him in at the Symposium in Porto. To learn more about the Prague workshop click HERE.


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MÁRIO’S TIP: The best thing you can do is be yourself. We’ve all been there, with that fear of the white pages. First and foremost, sketching is supposed to be fun, so don’t worry if you “wreck” your sketch; use each sketch as practice for the next one and don’t worry! MAY 2018 29


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Sketch your own path FORMER ARCHITECT ASNEE TASNA IS A CHAMPION OF FREEHAND SKETCHING. HE’S ALSO ONE OF THE ADMINS OF USK THAILAND AND HE TALKS TO PEDRO LOUREIRO ABOUT THE UNIQUE SKETCHING SCENE IN HIS HOME COUNTRY.

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ell-traveled, having worked in Singapore for over 20 years, and in Perth, in western Australia, Asnee Tasna enjoys sketching the most when he is on the go, country-hopping. New sights inspire him. “Sketching is most enjoyable when you are travelling, when you meet new people, new places, anything different from your normal life.” When homesickness hit him, Asnee retired from his trade in architecture, and went back to his hometown of Bangkok, Thailand. “As an architect, you do a lot of sketching,” he acknowledges, but it was in retirement that he went about exploring his own country and sketching for fun. He now teaches first year architecture students in two different universities. “A lot of students use only the computer these days, and they are afraid to draw by hand,” Asnee reports, so he champions freehand sketching in his classes. As a veteran educator, Asnee has conducted workshops at the Lisbon and Chicago Symposia. Back home, he is one of the admins of USk Thailand, founded three years ago, and one of the few nationwide chapters. Together with his friend Pramote Kitchumnongpan, they set up and encouraged the USk movement in several cities and regions in Thailand. However, small city-based MAY 2018 31


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groups were not successful, partly because most people in them “felt more like artists than sketchers”, Asnee concludes. “Eventually, we decided to form a single official USk platform that Thai sketchers from across the country could make use of.” Besides regular monthly sketchcrawls, USk Thailand has been successful in organizing the Asia-Link Sketchwalk in 2016, with 314 participants. Asnee is also part of another group called Bangkok Sketchers. “They have been around for seven or eight years,” he says, and members of this group number the impressive figure of just under 12,000. The group practices a broader range of activities, and do not abide solely by the USk manifesto. “They just draw what they like, even from photos.” Yet, according to Asnee, many members feel they belong to both groups. “Sometimes, members post their sketches in both venues.” This group intermingling and exchange, partially explains the high number of members (over 1600) of USk Thailand.

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Interestingly, Asnee describes the unique USk Thailand chapter as a “center stage where sketchers from the whole country can combine and share their work.” It is his personal goal that, from north to south Thailand, “the variation in culture and way of living” gets expression in this common platform. CONNECT WITH USK THAILAND

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS: Concentrate on what you’re doing, and don’t care so much about whether it looks good, or if it looks like anybody else’s work. Focus on your own way of working. You should be very proud and confident of your own path. Complete what you are doing. If you finish one drawing in your own way, it will always end up as good work.

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TIP FOR MORE EXPERIENCED SKETCHERS: Explore new ways of working. It’s fun to find a new way of drawing.

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USK INDONESIA:

Sketchers in a City of brighten pic

DONALD SALULING TALKS TO MARK ALAN ANDERSON ABOUT HOW TO NAVIGATE TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK AND TROPICAL WEATHER ON SKETCHING TRIPS IN THE CULTURAL MELTING POT OF INDONESIA.

SKETCHES BY IQBAL AMIRDHAR (THIS PAGE) & DONALD SALULING

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elcome to Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, a melting pot of extremes and a dynamic center of juxtapositions. A sprawling megalopolis with over 9 million people, it’s very hard to talk about “one” city because it consists of so many different cultures: it is an amalgam of jungle, little villages, culturally diverse neighborhoods, and towering skyscrapers. One of the oldest cities in the country, Jakarta boasts Colonial era

architecture in Old Jakarta (Kota Tua Jakarta), Japanese cultural influences, varied traditional street markets, near constant rebuilding, and visitors from around the world – in other words, an urban sketcher’s cornucopia of subject matter. And like the city they call home, the sketchers who make up USk Indonesia are also a wideranging group. USk Indonesia originated nearly a decade ago when an already existing group,Indonesia Sketchers,

embraced the USk concept. That sketching organization is still very much alive and helps to facilitate online the many local sketch groups who gather, share sketches, and post from various locations around Indonesia. An online community provides a common meeting ground for the over 200 very widespread members. Sketchers are so widespread, in fact, that some have never actually met in person – yet they actively interact virtually. And because there can be language barriers when sketchers

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meet in person – there are many different and diverse cultures and dialects – social media allows USk Indonesia to continue its growth. Donald Saluling, USk Indonesia administrator, points out that Facebook and Instagram are popular with many USk chapters, but Indonesia relies upon their blog to share images and to write about the sketching experience. They’re

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using WhatsApp for collaborations, and to facilitate hostings and discussion. Saluling is enthusiastic about sketching in Jakarta but admits that getting around can be a challenge. Jakarta is chaotic, crowded, and cosmopolitan, and gridlock is common. He shares that some visitors have discovered getting stuck in heavy traffic can

be frustrating – or it can provide one with an opportunity to engage in a little public transportation sketching! In fact, Saluling personally enjoys sitting quietly and sketching his surroundings while waiting for congestion to wane. Jakarta is balmy and humid, with significant wet weather between October though May, but a dry, hot season from June to September, the recommended best time for sketchers to visit. Saluling


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recommends visiting sketchers explore the architectural remnants of old Colonial areas in Old Jakarta. He also speaks highly of the sketching opportunities that streets and parks offer, especially with regard to the variety of interesting merchandise and food on display. Traditional dancers are often encountered in the parks. And of course, a trip to the nearby island of Sumatra, Borneo, Java, or Bali provides equally diverse sketching opportunities.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT USK INDONESIA

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A MINIMALIST APPROACH TO SKETCHING BY ANN SCHWARTZWALD

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ike Daikubara, an enthusiastic sketcher and artist, will be a presenter at the upcoming Urban Sketchers International Symposium in Porto Portugal this summer. Mike is an industrial designer who began sketching almost 20 years ago strictly to improve his visual communication skills and be more effective professionally. “Before 2000, I did not sketch. As a matter of fact, I hated sketching/drawing. Even as a child I didn’t like it.” With practice he grew to appreciate the power of drawing fluently and quickly; then he began to really enjoy it. “In 2010 when I accidentally found out about a sketching symposium taking place in Portland, Oregon and decided to go check it out. That was the very first Urban Sketchers Symposium and that event changed my life.” Mike has a minimalist approach to sketching: “For me, the most enjoyment comes from the actual act of sketching and not much from various techniques or tools. But I do get excited when I find out about a tip, tricks or mind sets that help me be able to sketch more.” His new book and his workshop in Porto cover the essence of what he’s learned since embracing the magic of quick drawing. Both are titled ‘Sketch Now, Think Later’. His approach is

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practical and makes sketching a non-threatening, fun adventure. A few of the biggest challenges he addresses are finding time, overcoming the self-consciousness of drawing in public, and dealing with weather and other elements of the environment urban sketchers find themselves in.

Mike uses a simple kit containing a few traditional tools: his sketchbook, a pen with waterproof ink, a small watercolor palette, a water brush and a spray mister. He summarizes: “My ultimate goal is to convey the fact that no matter how time limiting our daily lives might feel, you can always make time and slip in a sketch. A fulfilling sketch does not have to take lots of time… you will eventually start getting used to being able to sketch in any situation, with limited time, tools and techniques which ultimately leads to being able to create more sketches!” Check the USk website for upcoming workshops that Mike will be teaching in Boston this summer.

TOOL TIP: There is no magic pen to help you draw better! Try to find a tool that makes you feel good using it. I’m personally addicted to fountain pens since every line I put down feels good and brings me joy. The more joy I have from my tools, the more sketches I create!

MIKE’S SKETCHING IN PUBLIC TIP: Drawing in public can be nerve racking! The truth is that most people don’t really care what we’re doing. And people who do care are genuinely interested in our artwork and are impressed with what we can do. So the next time you’re sketching in public, don’t be shy. Let people see what you’re doing. Also don’t wear music headphones. Make it easy for people to talk with you. The conversations you have with strangers will add more depth and memory to the sketch you do! MAY 2018 47


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A Minimalist Approach

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Postcard from Saigon URBAN SKETCHERS IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM HAVE A WEALTH OF SKETCHING OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR FAST-PACED AND DYNAMIC CITY. BY JANE DILLON WINGFIELD

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o Chi Minh City, Vietnam is affectionately known as Saigon by locals. According to Phong Khieu, one of USk Saigon’s group administrators, the city’s historical architecture serves as a backdrop to the lively “openminded street culture of Saigon people.” Fruit-filled pushcarts, street vendors, and a variety of transportation modes animate the city scene and make for excellent sketching opportunities. The city center is the best place to sketch with its ancient Indochinese architecture. It offers interesting subjects for panoramic or detailed views. “I often go sketching here with my international friends,” said Phong.

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The group, which started in September 2015 and has about 1000 followers, usually gets together on


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JOĂƒO’S TIPS: Take your time, search for the best spot, look at the scenario for at least five minutes. Never use a pencil and start directly either with a brush or a pen; work at a slow pace and leave some white space on your page.

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Sundays. The average participation is about 10 sketchers. Not long ago they had a once-a- year opportunity to visit the ancient and luxurious French consulate. The best part was the large garden, “a green oasis

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in Saigon”. They tried to draw as much as possible. Phong even drew “two versions of one angle and gave one to the ambassador”. There is so much to draw in Vietnam; it’s a sketcher’s biggest challenge.


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PHONG KHIEU’S TIP: “If you’re traveling and don’t have much time, draw directly with pen. You might be clumsy and edgy at first, and a few mistakes are inevitable. But after some time, you will get more confident.”

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CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT USK HO CHI MINH CITY

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USk New Chapters

USK SEVILLE USk is pleased to announce that six new Regional Chapters have joined the USk family. Welcome everyone! USk Baltimore USk Santo Andre, Brazil USk Goiania ,Brazil USk Maestrat, Spain USk Sevilla, Spain USk Midland, USA 58 DRAWING ATTENTION


Review | Endnotes

PARKA REVIEWS BY TEOH YI CHIE

Teoh Yi Chie is an infographics journalist who joined Urban Sketchers Singapore in 2009. He’s probably better known as Parka from Parkablogs. com a website that reviews art books and art products. This month Parka reviews the iPad 6 (2018) in comparison to the iPad Pro (2017). Check it out!

SHARE YOUR CHAPTER’S NEWS WITH OUR READERS Contact us to share your chapter’s news, special events, joint meetups, and exhibitions with our readers. You don’t need to write the story yourself. We will assign a really great writer like Ann Schwartzwald to cover your story! Contact us at drawingattention@gmail.com.

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Our Manifesto

• We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation • Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel • Our drawings are a record of time and place • We are truthful to the scenes we witness • We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles • We support each other and draw together • We share our drawings online • We show the world, one drawing at a time.

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Drawing Attention May 2018  

Drawing Attention, the official monthly zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiu...

Drawing Attention May 2018  

Drawing Attention, the official monthly zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiu...

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