On the last official day of the Symposium, there was time for a few more sketches while things were winding up for the big picture taking (of all 570 people from 34 countries and then the evening festivities.
But I thought also to share some of the small sketches/thumbnails I did to get my bearings while in the city, using water soluble graphite in a cake form with my water brush and pen.
I often liked these small ones better than the finished pieces. When the visual scene is most complex is the best time to go super small to simplify it.
The soaring green “gargoyles” on the library had been calling out all week to be drawn!
And then in the afternoon the final sketchwalk with all participants while the city was busy closing down the public areas by the lake in preparation for the big Lollapaloosa music festival.
The city workers were hanging the sign, piece by piece as many of us dashed off a sketch of the brave native on horseback. My friend Cathy read my mind as she commented, “Is this the Indian they stole Chicago from?”
Once again here I am trying to prove myself as an authentic urban sketcher (even if a country girl at heart), seeing how many buildings and traffic I can pack into a quick sketch while on the corner of a busy intersection!
Then we were all getting ourselves arranged on a grassy hilltop for the grand Symposium picture, made more fun by a drone that circled around filming us from all angles.
Followed that evening by the closing party and announcement of the location for next year’s Symposium, in Porto, Portugal. Maybe you’ll be there?!
But there’s more! An epilogue, as we stayed a couple more days in Chicago. Stay tuned!
And if you’d like to join me and the Ready, Set, Sketchers! in Sebastopol this Saturday, we’ll be meeting up at 10am and sketching the Gravenstein Apple Fair. All are welcome!
Join us at the 44th Gravenstein Apple Fair for the next “Ready, Set, Sketch” meet-up!
Saturday August 12 from 10:00AM-1:00PM
We’ll meet at the entrance to the park at 10am.
Ragle Ranch Regional Park
500 Ragle Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472