Amsterdam: Urban Sketchers Symposium 2019

Finally a post about the real reason I was in Amsterdam: The 10th Urban Sketchers Symposium, held from July 24th to 27th, 2019.

This is my 7th Symposium, (6th as an instructor, I was a correspondent at my first one) and I’m never ceased being surprised, delighted and inspired by the experience. Every year I am floored by how the community grows exponentially. By the sheer breadth of work, skills and vision that sketchers bring to the Symposium. By how truly lovely and generous the people in the community are with their time and with sharing what they know.

Here are some photos sketches, and memories from that whirlwind of a week.

Touring the Royal Talens factory in Apeldoorn with other instructors, volunteers and the Executive Team. Sketching as we walk through the factory floor. Pen, Waterbrush and Graphite Pencil. 

We got to try so many products. One of my favorites was these water-soluble colored pencils. I like how the original mark you make stays in place even when you run water over it. 

First day of the Symposium. A look at a section of the crowd. And sketches of two of three correspondents: Orling Dominguez, and Mark Anderson. I’m sad I never got to sketch Gwen Glotin.

Photos from the three workshops I taught, including some lovely student work.  In the middle of a heatwave in Amsterdam. Bravo to everyone that produced such great work in trying conditions. We’re a tough bunch, eh?

I don’t get to sketch much during my workshops. But this guy, Chief, was so fantastic I had to draw him in the middle of an exercise in my workshop. Below that is a page of quick little demo drawings I did while teaching. 

And some photos that make me smile.
This is Matteus. Proudly holding his dad Mario Linhares‘ sketchbook, a beauty of a book made by Laloran. Yes, it’s a giant book: if you check Mario’s feed on instagram you’ll see some fabulous ways he’s experimenting with the big page. 

Loved sharing the flea market spot with Rita Sabler and Marina Grechanik for the workshops we taught. Two of my favorite urban sketchers.

Looking at Marina’s sketchbook here with Shari Blaukopf and Liz Steel. I spent a good amount of time this symposium with these three. Not only did I love it, I also learnt so much, just from watching them work.

Closing group photo after the final sketchwalk.

One more Symposium ends. But the next one is coming up soon! (Hong Kong, April 2020). But for now, I’m still savoring all the fantastic memories of this one, and I’ll be processing all I learnt for a long time.

Many, many thanks to those that came to my workshop and demo, and most of all to the countless volunteers that make this possible. Thank you to all who participate, on location and online. We’re all a part of something pretty amazing, aren’t we?

I think of this often: Gabi Campanario, you might never ever know how many lives you changed in ways big and small with that crazy idea you had and followed up on! Can’t say thank you often enough.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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