Friday 28 January 2022

Call for submissions: Urban Sketchers London logo competition


Put your illustration skills into action to design a unique and timeless logo for Urban Sketchers London and win a great prize!

What's the deadline?

We're accepting submissions until midnight (GMT) on 25 February 2022.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for a unique and timeless design which will represent Urban Sketchers London as a community. The winning design will be unveiled at the 10-year celebrations event in London in July, and will become the official USk London logo thereafter. 

Who can submit?

We welcome submissions from anyone who can capture the USk London ethos in a logo. 
The design should adhere to the parameters specified in the official Urban Sketchers Logo Identity GuidePlease ensure you have read and understood these guidelines before you plan your design.

The logo should:
  • represent London and the USk London community
  • be clear, even as a small-scale icon
  • be in black and/or grey
  • fit an area of 5:13 ratio.

Here are a few examples from the Urban Sketchers Logo Identity Guide that you will need to keep in mind:

And what not to do:

How to submit designs: 
  • Complete and submit the Google Form with your design attached.
  • Please submit only one design per person. 
  • The design can be submitted as a vector file (AI, EPS, SVG) or as an image file (JPG, PNG). If possible, please submit the design in both vector and image formats. 

How do we select the best design? 
  1. A judging panel which consists of USk London admins will shortlist three designs from anonymised submissions (the judges' decision is final). 
  2. The three shortlisted designs will then be open for public vote.  
  3. The design which attracts the most votes will win the competition.   
  4. We will contact the winner once voting closes, and work with them to edit (if required, and within the design parameters) and/or convert the design to its final usable format.

What are we offering the winner?

The winner will receive a cash prize of £100 and a set of handmade brushes from Rosemary & Co.

Here are our terms and conditions

  • Submissions are free of charge. 
  • By submitting your logo design for selection, you confirm that this is your own work and you are the rightful owner of the design.
  • By submitting your design, you give permission to Urban Sketchers London to reproduce it and include it in all USk London promotional material and social media outlets, without remuneration to you.
  • The copyright of the original design remains with the designer, and full acknowledgement will be given in all relevant materials and situations. 

Data protection 

  • By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions you also consent to share your personal data with us.
  • We will use the information that is provided in the Google Form to help identify legitimate submissions and to communicate with you if your design is selected. 
  • All personal data will be kept secure in a password protected spreadsheet and on a password protected Google Drive. No personal contact information will be shared outside the Urban Sketchers London admin team. 
  • If your work is selected as the winning design, you will have a chance to approve the information for publication.  
  • We will keep the personal data collected for contacting purposes only. We will dispose of all collected data six months after the unveiling of the final logo design.
  • You are able to revoke your consent at any time during this period by contacting Urban Sketchers London via email.

And here is the link for submissions 

To submit your sketches, just fill in this Google Form for Urban Sketchers - logo design competition

Any questions?

If you have any questions, just drop us an email.

Celebrating a decade of Urban Sketchers London in 2022! 

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Tuesday 18 January 2022

Deadline 22 January: Submit your sketches NOW for our Urban Sketchers London 10th anniversary book


The 22 January deadline is fast approaching.

Have you submitted yet?

In 2022 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers London. To mark the occasion we're publishing a book of sketches that show London 'one drawing at a time'.

If you missed the call for submissions, you can find all the details in our blog post here.

Adam Jefford - on Instagram @typem2b

Celebrating a decade of Urban Sketchers London

2012 - 2022 

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Monday 10 January 2022

Let's not draw Waterloo Station yet - 15 January 2022


Paulina Little
Waterloo Station

[ by Helen Hayhoe ]

Urban sketchers are resilient and good at problem solving, which is why we know that people will respond to a change in our sketch meeting planned for 15 January. 

We are scheduled to visit Waterloo Station for the start of our 10th anniversary year. Even though the station is under cover, it seems unwise to invite Omicron into our sketchcrawl. 

We are therefore proposing to defer the Waterloo meet up to Saturday 12 March, but to encourage people to sketch in the smaller groups that have arisen during the last years, or individually. 

I had a look through our Urban Sketchers London Facebook page for sketches to do with travel, transport, stations and even walking, and came up with some gems. Here they are for inspiration.

We invite you to sketch where you can, and post your sketches on social media on or around 15 January. Remember to use the hashtag #urbansketcherslondon so we can find your drawings. 

Please keep an eye on the blog for updates for the Waterloo sketchcrawl in March, as there may be a few bits we need to comply with, such as signing in. 

Cynthia Barlow Marrs
Train to Waterloo - Something about this scene appealed to me, perhaps because I'd never seen a fellow passenger reading such a hefty book. 

Pascal Fessler
Charing Cross from Waterloo Bridge

Steven Baker 
Another enjoyable day sketching in Covent Garden. My drawing of the back of the London Transport Museum. Managed to not get rained on but abandoned ship a bit early - cold.

Helen Hayhoe

In lockdown I stood in my road and drew everyone who came by, making a cumulative crowd. The postman featured heavily as he did his round.

Alison Gardiner

Drawn on High Holborn ....after two laps of the London Freecycle event in Central London. Fantastic to be one of thousands of cyclists of all ages enjoying safe streets today! (Managed to get a mobile phone in. I'm sure he was looking ahead as well!)

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