Day 09 - Our exhibition is open today and tommorow (30-31/3/2017) at Grosvenor Gallery! Feel free to visit us and add your lovely sketches to our space!
Posted 30 Mar 2017 15:03
Day 08 - Students were busy with the string installation on wall.
Posted 30 Mar 2017 14:53
Day 07 - A selection of best sketches done by students were compiled to be exhibited in the exhibition.
Posted 30 Mar 2017 14:48
Day 07 - Everyone started making the final product to be put into the exhibition space. This was the 4m long wall installation, displaying Manchester city skyline created by strings of different shades tied to nails.
Posted 30 Mar 2017 14:42
Day 06 - A brainstorming session for the exhibition was carried out in Nexus Art Cafe in Northern Quarter after we visit our exhibition space in Grosvenor Gallery. Students were divided into three groups to come out with ideas of installations and artworks to be produced for exhibition.
Posted 30 Mar 2017 14:34
Visit us at Grosvenor Gallery 30/03/2017-31/03/2017!
Posted 30 Mar 2017 10:49
Grosvenor Gallery - BEFORE installation
Posted 29 Mar 2017 00:58
Manchester Museum - Briefing by Raden!
Posted 29 Mar 2017 00:56
Manchester Museum - Sketching Day Indoors due to Rain!
Posted 29 Mar 2017 00:54
Exhibition Production - Skyline (Warning: Loud!)
Posted 29 Mar 2017 00:46
Manchester Museum - Sketching Day with Manchester Urban Sketchers
Posted 29 Mar 2017 00:44
Nexus Art Cafe - Planning for Exhibition and Sketches Review
Posted 29 Mar 2017 00:41
Marks the end of our outdoor urban sketching session around Manchester City!
Posted 28 Mar 2017 03:28
Albert Square. Applying a quick contour drawing technique that we learned from the very first Group 08 event meet-up. This was done by one single continuous line (without lifting up the pen).
Posted 28 Mar 2017 03:27
City Hall Building. Applying a quick contour drawing technique that we learned from the very first Group 08 event meet-up. This was done by one single continuous line (without lifting up the pen).
Posted 28 Mar 2017 03:27
Being the coordinator of the event didn’t stop us from participating in most of the sketching activities!
Posted 28 Mar 2017 03:18
Day 04 was another outdoor urban sketching session within Manchester city. The sketching sessions took place at Manchester Central Library, Albert Square and also the Manchester City Council Building.
Posted 28 Mar 2017 03:15
They were given approximately 45 minutes to stop and sketch within the particular areas. When the given time has ended, group members gathered and walked together to the next point.
Posted 28 Mar 2017 03:01
At the end of each session, everyone will gathered all lay down all the drawings together for a quick show and tell and photo-taking.
Posted 28 Mar 2017 02:58
Group member enjoyed sketching outdoor while some others chose to sketch the interiors of Manchester Central Library.
Posted 28 Mar 2017 02:47
Live-sketching of Manchester Central Library. We had the freedom to use any media to produce sketches. The end products vary from pencil, pen, markers and also water color!
Posted 28 Mar 2017 02:45
A 30 minutes sketch of Manchester Central Library, finished with a light touch of water color.
Posted 28 Mar 2017 02:22
Day 04 - Today's outdoor sketching session took place in Manchester Central Library and Machester Town Hall. This is a quick contour drawing of the lamp post standing in front of Manchester Town Hall.
Posted 23 Mar 2017 22:00
Some of the works from today's session with Manchester Urban Sketchers!
Posted 23 Mar 2017 00:29
Mixed media sketch, pen + watercolor by Simone Ridyard.
Posted 22 Mar 2017 23:52
Participants are seen scattered around Council Chamber and Manchester Museum, sketching. Everyone is into their own thing, producing their best masterpiece.
The benefits of urban sketching are manifold. At the very least, you will find that boredom becomes a thing of the past, for while a plein air sketch requires a bit of time and organisation, an urban sketch can happen anywhere and everywhere.
Posted 22 Mar 2017 23:31
Day 03 - A day well spent in Old Quadrangle + Manchester Museum with some of the urban sketchers from Manchester Urban Sketching group. It was amazing to see how a sketching event bring people from all walks of life together.
Posted 22 Mar 2017 22:36
My first ever attempt at live-sketching a scene in Council Chamber, University of Manchester. Spent an hour sketching, most of the time trying to understand how to apply the vanishing point technique when drawing perspective. I'm hoping that everything looks proportionate, it didn't really work out well given that the scale is incorrect, but it's a start!
Posted 22 Mar 2017 22:21
It rained all the way as we walked to the initial venue (Old Quadrangle) and finally decided to do an indoor sketching session in the Council Chamber of University of Manchester and also within Manchester Museum. We had an interesting session earlier today together with our collaborator Manchester Urban Sketchers.
Posted 22 Mar 2017 21:44
This sums up our Day 02 workshop with Simone Ridyard.
Looking forward to see all of you tomorrow at Old Quadrangle; University of Manchester, for the outdoor urban sketching session with our collaborator Manchester Urban Sketchers! Don’t forget to bring along your own sketchbooks, pens, pencil etc. We will not provide any sketching material. Tomorrow’s session start at 2.00pm till 4.30pm, be sure to arrive earlier so that you won’t miss out any briefing!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 22:21
Simone has given us a greater insight into perspective drawings and an exercise by giving us approximately 20 minutes to recreate the given image. The task is to re-imagine and sketch the upper floor of a single storey building with the help of a vanishing point.
In graphical perspective, a vanishing point is a point in the picture plane that is the intersection of the projections (or drawings) of a set of parallel lines in space on to the picture plane. It becomes a very precise baseline reference when drawing a perspective.
As the result, everyone came up with various perspective drawing base on their imaginations, with different line weight, line strokes, hatches and different building design!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 22:20
Archisketcher by Simone Ridyard, this book features two-page spreads presenting the work of artists who have their own interpretations of famous landmarks like, the Eiffel Tower and New York skyline or the neighborhood they live in like San Francisco, Montreal, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Berlin.
As an urban sketcher you are probably drawn to the architecture and structures in cityscapes. With Archisketcher you will learn to spot and recognize a wide range of common architectural styles and characteristic features on structures from around the world!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 22:18
Simone Ridyard, the founder of Manchester Urban Sketchers has kindly come in to talk about her deep interest in urban sketching earlier today.
Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.
Posted 21 Mar 2017 22:17
Thank you Simone for the souvenir! :D
Posted 21 Mar 2017 19:41
Day 02 - Morning well spent with our collaborator, Simone Riyard, the founder of Manchester Urban Sketchers. A talk was given by her, followed by a 15 min session of perspective drawings. Everyone was given an image of a building and the task was to sketch an additional floor to the building. The aim of the activity was to learn how to sketch at the right perspective angle. The outcomes were amazing as every student came out with a different creative drawing.
Posted 21 Mar 2017 19:36
Overall, Day 1 of Group 08 went well!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 02:19
Some of the group members presenting their personal interpretations based on the combined sketches during Sketch Jam!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 02:17
One of the challenge was to draw portraiture of some of the group members by applying the technique of blind contour drawing. This was done by one single continuous line (without lifting up the pen) and also without looking at the drawing! It was more challenging when we were given less than a minute to create a portrait!
Facts about blind contour drawing:
First, it improves hand-eye coordination. Hand-eye coordination is important in drawing for obvious reasons. Secondly, blind contour line drawing forces you to look at the object that you are drawing. Perhaps most importantly, it helps the artist to understand that representational drawing is all about observation. Without keen observation skills, the representational artist is lost.
Don't worry if you had similar silly sketches like this. Looking at what I have.. It seem absurd, right? All I can say is, practice makes perfect!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 01:16
Basic sketching demonstration and tutorials by our group member Raden. From simple line strokes to contour drawing, all to emphasize the idea of proper hand-eye coordination while sketching. More update to come!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 00:57
The morning started with the introductory session among group members, followed by ice breaking session, sketch jam (a sketching game) and also introduction to basic urban sketch.
Posted 21 Mar 2017 00:56
Sketching as a form of representation in architecture, showing textures and details.
Posted 20 Mar 2017 16:54
Looking back my sketchbook and realize how time flies! This was a live sketch of Brandenburg Gate done during our first year Berlin Trip in 2012.
Posted 20 Mar 2017 16:45
Thank you for joining us today!
Don't forget our workshop session with Simone Riyard tomorrow.
Date: 21/3/2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Location: MMU Business School (BS 4.05B)
Looking forward to see you all!
Posted 20 Mar 2017 16:31
Sketches of the day!
A compilation of students' sketches done for the ice breaking session.
So why is sketching so important?
- It is an initial way to spark creativity. Interesting concepts of design work always come from little sketches!
- It is an effective visual communication tool. Through rough sketches or just showing up your sketchbook, you can easily describe what you do and your creative process to your tutors or your future clients!
- It records time and place. Diary does not have to be written, it could be drawn!
Posted 20 Mar 2017 16:25
My sketch of Aween, without looking at the paper. XD
Posted 20 Mar 2017 15:58
Real person vs Handsketch
Do they look alike? :D
Posted 20 Mar 2017 15:48
Day 01 - First event meeting started with introductions and briefings from the seniors, followed by ice breaking session (Sketching games)
Raden was demonstrating on how to do a contour sketch of face with one continuous line without looking at the paper.
Posted 20 Mar 2017 15:39
We had an exciting meeting with our collaborator from Nexus Art Cafe, NQ! She's very much looking forward to provide us space for our activities in the 2nd week.
Our first session will be at room GM224 Geoffrey Manton Building from 9.00am - 11.00am, March 20th. Hope you are all well and see you there!
Posted 19 Mar 2017 20:52
A photo from our usual meeting last week. We've finalised the last few details and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 20th!
Posted 19 Mar 2017 20:42
A late post of the event poster presentation few weeks back on February 16th! We would like to thank everyone for the kind attention during the brief presentation!
Posted 19 Mar 2017 20:38
Remember our first day session tomorrow! See you at GM224 Geoffrey Manton Building at 9.00AM! Bring your sketching books and tools!
Posted 19 Mar 2017 20:14
A meet up session with our collaborator, Simone Riyard, founder of Manchester Urban Sketchers Group, with a thoughtful discussion of activities timeline, suggestions and collaboration opportunities. The excitement is definitely in the air!
Posted 14 Feb 2017 00:26
Updated poster for upcoming event presentation.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 00:18
A social session with Manchester Urban Sketchers group. A bit of discussion of collaborative opportunities for the upcoming event. It felt great and inspiring to see the talent of the artists who joined the sketching session.
Feel excited to see the future event participants to gain benefit and knowledge from the experienced artists.
Posted 2 Feb 2017 01:23
Joined a sketching session with Manchester Urban Sketcher Group to discuss the details of our collaboration for upcoming event. Here was my output from the session and I've feel rejoiced after it had been a long time since the last time I have made a live urban sketch.
Posted 2 Feb 2017 01:19
The ability to express idea and communicating the intention through sketching is a timeless prerequisite for an architect or designer. This event will highlight the importance of sketching in architecture world and giving an emphasize to the idea of sketching should be contemplate as a tool of communication regardless of skills and profession.
Posted 9 Nov 2016 12:38