I’ve been doing urban sketching since around 2015 or 2016. But I do it alone. (One example is in this link)
I saw the online urban sketching events in Singapore and other places, and I like to join that kind of activity — if only it was here in Cebu. But there was none (or at least I haven’t found it.)
Fortunately, I finally found it. (through an Instagram friend, which resides in Cebu, which is also the admin of Urban Sketchers Cebu. Ok, cut. I have to make this short.)
And immediately I joined the group.
Introducing Urban Sketchers Cebu (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1856234084630308/)
Or USk Cebu for short.
It’s a branch of Urban Sketchers International — or in plain words, a Cebu version/group of Urban Sketchers.
We follow the same manifesto with all Urban Sketchers worldwide, and that is:
- 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.
There was an sketchwalk event the day after I joined. As interested as I am, I cannot join because I have important stuffs to do as described in my previous blog entry Cafe Relaxation.
Their second event was the first time I attended. I’m super excited.
My first sketch was in Fuente Osmeña Circle.
As the USk saying goes: “Showing Cebu one drawing at a time”. Here’s my sketch:
Majority, if not all, Cebuanos knows this place. An architectural landmark that stands at the center of Osmeña Circle. Trees, grass, bench — it’s a park where one can sit and relax. And sometimes being used during events like Sinulog.
Next, we proceed to Rizal Memorial Library and Museum.
When I was in college, I pass by this place. I never been able to enter the building even until today (shame on me).
During our sketchwalk, the place was closed. And the only thing we can draw is it’s architectural physique.
The statue in the center is our National Hero Jose Rizal as he reads a book to the two little children. He popularize the quote: “The youth is the hope of our fatherland”.
I was bathed in a direct sunlight heat as I draw on the hot hour at around 1:30pm.
Sweat trickled down on my body, that’s why I have to sketch fast.
Overall it was a wonderful and rewarding experience especially when you looked at your finish work no matter how ugly it can be.
Looking forward for the next event.
For more info about Urban Sketch, visit the global site http://www.urbansketchers.org/