Sunday, 31 May 2020

Virtual Sketchcrawl - Let's draw Little Venice - Saturday 6th June

Sketch by Mike Whalley

Welcome to the 'Let's Draw Little Venice' virtual meet up for June 2020. 

We have created a virtual visit to Little Venice in the form of a Google Tour.
Follow the link below; here you will find links to the places we had intended to visit, so that you can find them online. 

PLEASE NOTE: If the link does not work directly on your device, try copying and pasting it into your browser.

Like the virtual sketch challenge in May, we will 'meet' at 11am on the intended day of the real event, June 6th. We will have a preliminary throw down at 1pm on social media, using the tags #uskathome #usklondon and also posting onto the Urban Sketchers London Facebook page. Please continue to work on your sketches and post after that if you would like to, so that we appreciate each others' work.

How to do it:
Click the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser. Once in, click on each of the titles to the left of the page and you will be taken to the map and street view for that place. Home in, explore and follow the links to find out more about these locations.   Choose one or more for a virtual sketch. We invite you to show sketches inspired by this virtual ramble.

Lets do it online until we meet again.

If you are looking for some additional inspiration, these three short films from the Tate on how to paint like Turner might be interesting to view. Artist Mike Chaplin talks about sketching in line, then tone (using tinted paper) and finally colour. In the images below, Katy Evans shows how she used the technique when 'virtual; sketching in the Little Venice area.


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Summer Evenings Sketching - 17 June, 15 July and 19 August 2020

Wednesdays June 17th, July 15th, August 19th

For two years we have enjoyed the vibrancy of central London’s summer after work culture – and a damp glass or two.  Not having worked in London for years I was amazed at the buzz and loved it.
Next year we will do it for real again.   

Meantime the next best thing.  

Location:  We can’t meet at a common place so we’ll sketch at home or anywhere we can get to within the rules. 

Wet weather alternative:  If the weather isn’t going to be suitable on the date then sketch on another evening before.

Times:  There are no rules but try to keep to the evening on each date or one or two before and then join in a collective Facebook throw down at 8:00 pm.  We’d like to keep the feel of an event together but if you can’t don’t worry post when you can – we all want to enjoy each others work.
So please join us all with something cool and white in a glass (other colours are available) between 6pm and 8pm then share….

Loose ideas/themes:
·         June 17th        : Alfresco refreshment
·         July 15th         : Fun, games, entertainment
·         August 19th    : Relaxation

These are all open to interpretation home or away……. Enjoy!


Sunday, 10 May 2020


[Helen Hayhoe writes] I’d like to say hello as the new third administrator of USK London. It will be difficult to fill Jo Dungey’s small but powerful shoes; she’s a very hard act to follow but I know that the team and the wider group are a source of mutual support.

I’m a lifelong sketcher in a compulsive but informal way. I enjoy using watercolour, fine liners and also love iPad sketching. I’ve had no art training until I did an art foundation last year, when I retired. Urban sketching has been a wonderful discovery and I have enjoyed attending and co-running Sketchcrawls over the last 5 years or so. I love to learn from what I see in others‘ work. The recent ‘Let’s Draw Twickenham’ virtual Sketchcrawl revealed again the creativity and diversity of the group.  I enjoyed the 30 day challenge and am currently having a go at the USK Stoke version.

Where would we be without our sketching? I was sorry to cancel my Airbnb for the Leeds symposium but am looking forward to meeting everyone again. Strangely I feel I’ve got to know people better in sharing our lockdown sketches, just need to match names and faces now. Can’t wait!

A few lockdown sketches

IPad view from the window
30 days sketching concertina
‘Let’s Draw Twickenham’ virtual Sketchcrawl