The following of the USK Symposium videos! KK., Marc Taro Holmes, Maru Godas. :)

Hi! I hope you are doing well and that your days are creative and exciting! 😊

I kept working quite hard on the videos about the Urban Sketchers Symposium which tool place in Chicago last year.
I try to convey a special atmosphere for each video and to share the workshop teaching as well as what it’s like to be hundreds of sketchers in the streets. 😉

 

The second one from the series show the instructors sketching in the morning, before the workshops begin : Liz Steel, Stephanie Bower and Marc Taro Holmes are painting the famous Chicago Theater. All along the video, I browse my sketchbook for you, sharing my drawings and sketches done with every media and tools : watercolor but also ink, pencils, gouache !… My sketchbook includes instax mini photos as well.

We then enjoy a bit of Maru Godas workshop, “Gouache like a child”, and some leaf through in her sketchbook. What an inspiration!

At the end of the video, Marc and I are painting the skyline and railways from a bridge (in full sun!!). The chat with Marc Taro Holmes is so interesting… I am happy to be able to share that with you! Continue reading

A video about the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago!

Hey! Hi everyone! I’m back!! 😁 😅 😜

😝 Happy New Year!!!!!😝
I wish you a huge lot of creativity in 2018. 😌

 

And I am REALLY happy that I at last managed to start working on the video shots I took during the Urban Sketchers Symposium last July in Chicago. 🎨 😎
Yes, time flies but, even a few months later, that’s a real pleasure to enjoy the atmosphere of the Symposium with the sketchers everywhere,the interesting workshops, the warmth of summer, and the craziness of Chicago!!  😃 Continue reading

Sketchcrawl day in Lorient

Last Saturday, I went to Lorient, another city in Brittany, to attend the 53rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl! 😃

We were very lucky with the weather, as we were able to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on this 22nd October! ☺️☀️
It was really nice to meet all the other sketchers. There are quite a few that I already know, now, as we met in several Breton cities for some Sketchcrawls or sketching meetings. This is really friendly! 😊

 

For a good start, in the morning, we found a sunny spot in a lovely square, with some nice houses from the thirties.
I especially liked the shadow casted on the wall but, at last, I really liked sketching the whole scene (btw : the house really was blue).
I am especially happy with the way I managed to add the windows wet in wet. 😌😝😊 And with the granulations. 😉

I was inspired, too, by painting this sketcher in a strong back light, as Hazel Soan does in this video. 😉
I like the urban sketching feeling this addition gives to the page.

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Is sketching a better way of seeing and creating than photography?…

I am sure that, like me, you read so many times that sketching was such a better way to catch a moment and to really see than photography…
And I am sorry but I just can’t stand anymore reading this in all the sketching books and all the Urban Sketchers blogs I visit.  😫

So, pleeeeeaaase stop detracting photography to enhance sketching! It’s just nonsense…
Sketching is amazing enough in itself!! 😀 There is no need to depreciate anything to praise it. 😝 😉

 

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I am a sketcher and a photographer and I have to reveal something to you. 😊  

You, sketchers, think that photography is not interesting because it is not your thing so you don’t use photography in an interesting way.
And the way you use it is fine! But depreciating it like it’s often done is a bit like telling that cooking is not creative while defrosting a frozen dish in the microwave! 😉
Of course, cooking that way is not creative and that’s not even sure that you could call that cooking, lol! 

The same way, if the way you use photography doesn’t seem creative or interesting to you, that’s because you do it “the defrosting way”!  Continue reading

Last video from the USK Symposium, with Nina Johansson.

Here we are! This is the 5th and last video I upload about the Urban Sketcher Symposium which took place in Manchester last July.
All good things come to an end! 🙂

Today, Nina Johansson is our common thread and we follow the progress of her sketch of the “The Salutation” pub, throughout the video.

 

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In the meantime, I leaf through my sketchbook and I take you to some amazing / lovely / crazy places in Manchester, especially the most incredible tea room of Manchester, “The Richmond tea room”!

We spend some time, too, with my new adorable sketching friends, Deborah and Clara…
Fun crazy “selfie videos” to expect!!! 😉 Continue reading

USK Symposium [Episode 4]. Veronica Lawlor workshop and Marc Taro Holmes painting

Here is the 4th episode of our saga about the Manchester Urban Sketchers Symposium! 😀 😙

This videos is especially about Veronica Lawlor workshop, which was really inspiring and interesting.
Her sketches have such an amazing style and, as an illustrator living in New York, she even sketched the World Trade Center attack, live, so the least we can say is that she knows what she is talking about!… (Oh that’s so weird, I just realized, writing that, that we were the 11th September. All my thoughts to the victims and families…)

I really really like what she is telling in the video :

“Sometimes, that little bit of exaggeration or distortion can really becomes a lie to tell the truth. If I draw exactly, you’ll know what I saw ; if I really push on it, you’ll know what I felt”.
Veronica Lawlor.

I think I need to write that somewhere. 😝 😉

So, I keep browsing my sketchbook for you, telling you what I tried to achieve with my sketches and talking, especially, about giving depth and dynamism to our drawings.

This video also includes 5 full minutes of Marc Taro Holmes painting and that’s such a treat to watch him paint and to study his awesome technique!! 😃

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Manchester Urban Sketchers Symposium Videos [Episode 2]

Hi! I hope you liked the first video!
Thank you so much for your kind comments about it. ☺️ 😉

Here is the second episode with LK Bing as an absolute guest star. Maybe you don’t know him, nor his work (I admit that I didn’t a few months ago) but I am sure you will be interested to discover his technique and amazed to watch him sketch and paint, and make the colors drip on the paper. 😃

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So, this video is essentially about his workshop but there is a lot of leaf through my huge sketchbook, too. I talk about my sketches, done with a variety of tools and techniques : watercolor, watersoluble marker, ink, pencils, acrylic markers… I hope it will inspire you! 😙 Continue reading

Manchester Urban Sketchers Symposium Videos [Episode 1]!!!!

Here it is!! The first episode of my series about the USK Symposium!! 😀

I am so happy to share with you, through these videos, this sketching adventure, these amazing memories, these unforgettable meetings and all the inspiration that goes with it!! ☺️

In this series of videos, I alternate a leaf through of my sketchbook and me telling you how was the Symposium, with some shots of the sketchers sketching 😉 (and you can actually watch each of them sketching for a little while) plus some shots of the sketching atmosphere in Manchester.

My guest stars, for this video, are Marion Rivolier, Marc Taro Holmes, Marina Grechanik, Mario Linares, Liz Steel, Suhita Shirodkar, Jessie Chapma, Robin Bauer and Swasky. Thanks to them for the “short demos” !! 😝

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