Unraveling the Complexity of Travel Sketching

Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Urban sketchers is excited to be holding it’s own series of 10 workshops around the Bay Area: 10 teachers you’ve been wanting to take a workshop with, and workshops geared towards all levels of sketchers!

My Workshop in San Francisco

Title of workshop: Unraveling the Complexity of Travel Sketching

Level of difficulty: Beginning
Instructor: Richard Sheppard
Date/time: May 6 and May 7, 10am-1pm (I have two spots that just opened up for Saturday May 6. My May 7 class is currently full.)
Meeting place: San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts, on the corner of Baker St. and Bay St.

Class description: The best souvenirs are not the things you buy or the photos you take while on vacation, but drawings you create in a sketchbook. Sketching allows the artist to slow down enough to get acquainted with surroundings that are so often overlooked while framing the world through a lens. Yet sketching in public can be a daunting experience for the self-conscious sketcher, or for those that are just unprepared. The first part of this class will cover tips on getting beyond the emotional roadblocks that keep us from sketching. Then we’ll discuss materials, styles, and techniques that are best suited for travel sketching. The final part of the class will cover developing a visual vocabulary as well as choosing subjects that are memorable and meaningful.

To register contact suhita@gmail.com and put “San Francisco Bay Area 10×10” in the subject line of your email. Suhita will let you know if there are still spots open and she will help you through the registration process.

Opening celebration of the Bay Area’s USk 10×10 program!

Our opening celebration of the Bay Area’s USk 10×10 program was a huge success! We first gathered San Francisco’s Mission Bay to sketch and then at 1:30 we walked over to Arch Art Supplies for the preview of USk Bay Area sketching classes and events coming up in 2017. The place was packed! Thanks to everyone who came out!

Sketching at Mission Bay San Francisco

 

USk 10×10 Kick-Off party at ARCH art supply store in San Francisco.

The Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to display fine art. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it was rebuilt in 1965, along with a renovation of the lagoon. Today the Palace remains a popular tourist attraction and is a favorite location for wedding photographs. It’s also a great place to sketch!

Ghirardelli Chocolate Bar and Craft Bags

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Last summer I was asked by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to sketch Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. The final drawing (after some edits from the original location drawing) is now printed on the 5 pound chocolate bar and their point of purchase craft bags!

Ghirardelli Sketches and Watercolor

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Recently, I was asked by Ghirardelli Chocolate to do an illustration of their downtown San Francisco building. I started by sketching on location to get the right view. Once a view was selected, I worked from photographs to complete a final drawing and then watercolored it. The final ink drawing will be printed onto craft bags for point of purchase. The final watercolor will be printed on the packaging of a 5 lbs chocolate bar!

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1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers’ Sketchcrawl

This weekend, 1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers’ Sketchcrawl – Bay Area, was held in San Francisco (on Saturday) and Oakland (on Sunday). It was a huge success with upwards of 75 people participating in the event. After a 10am meet-up in front of the Ferry Building, we dispersed to sketch the beautiful city. Most people were Bay Area reidents but some traveled from as far as LA and Seattle to participate. Newbies and seasoned sketchers alike captured the City by the Bay in their sketchbooks.

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At noon-thirty, we rendezvoused at a fountain across the street from the ferry building to share our morning sketches.

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My first sketch of the building was not as successful as I would have liked. In an effort to avoid direct sun, I chose a shady spot under a row of palm trees, but the view proved to be without dimension and vegetation.

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My second sketch was more successful since I chose a more dimensional view of the ferry building and included trees and other greenery that added life to the architecture. Over all, the finished composition is more dynamic and colorful. At 4pm we met behind the ferry building for a second sketch-share that closed out the day.