|7/27/16 opening sketchcrawl|
The 7th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester, England, was my third symposium experience (Barcelona and Paraty were the other two). Each time when I’ve returned and started blogging about it, I’ve had difficulty summarizing the many thoughts and feelings I’ve had around the three-and-a-half-day event (as well as the months of anticipation leading up to each). The intensity and immersion of non-stop urban sketching (and as a correspondent this year, I do literally mean non-stop!) and meeting and becoming reacquainted with hundreds of sketchers worldwide are at times invigorating and at other times overwhelming.
|7/25/16 Palace Hotel|
All of this was hard enough to keep up with when I was a regular attendee. This year, however, my added responsibilities as a symposium correspondent were challenging, to say the least! To adequately cover the symposium’s 26 workshops, eight activities, four demos and 11 lectures scheduled over the course of three days, my three correspondent colleagues and I made and used a color-coded Excel spreadsheet with coordinated maps! Running from workshop to workshop was complicated by rain, which required many instructors to change their venues at the last moment.
I knew that my typical sketching methods (spending 30 – 60 minutes per sketch) weren’t going to work as a correspondent. Surveying the workshop scene, I had to very quickly assess and convey the essence of what I experienced. As I listened to the instructors, I sometimes found myself (perhaps unconsciously) trying to emulate whatever concepts were being introduced with my own sketches. I gave myself at most 10 or 15 minutes per sketch, one or two per workshop or event, then moved on quickly to the next assignment on my schedule. All told, I made 27 sketches during the three-and-a-half days, then blogged each night (or first thing in the morning) about each day’s events. (I won’t even go into the challenges we faced in uploading sketches and composing text while using the hotel’s slow and sporadic Wi-Fi!)
|7/31/16 Manchester Cathedral|
Whenever I felt exhausted and overwhelmed, the dedication and commitment of Liz, Kumi and Javier kept me inspired and motivated! They were among the most positive, hard-working people I have ever had the privilege to work with in any context.
Shown here are some of my favorite sketches from the symposium as well as the few sketches I was able to make of Manchester on my own time. You can see the entire collection, as well as photos from the event, in my symposium Flickr album.
If you missed my live coverage during the symposium, you can find the posts on the Urban Sketchers Symposium blog:
|7/30/16 final sketchcrawl|
|7/29/16 Sketchers sketching musicians.|
|7/28/16 Marc Holmes' students at Manchester Museum.|
|7/28/16 Ed Harker giving a presentation on urban sketching's roots.|
|7/28/16 USk President Elizabeth Alley speaks to the|
crowd at the opening reception. (I put this sketch
into the auction, and Elizabeth bought it!)
|7/27/16 Manchester Town Hall|
|7/27/16 Symposium opening reception at Town Hall.|
|Here's the symposium correspondents team looking fresh and lively|
the day before the symposium began!
|And here we are four days later at the closing party, looking happy, relieved and weary!|