On Saturday of the Urban Sketchers Symposium, I warmed up with a little coffee cup sketch, then took a workshop by Santi Salles, Amsterdam Green Microsketching. I am a huge fan of Santi's work - his sketches are energetic and capture the feeling of a place or a table setting (he sketches a lot of food). We looked at the amazing handout booklet he made for us and mixed a bunch of greens and khakis, and followed his step-by-step instructions in the handout. It was the perfect last workshop because it was so structured and we were all a bit tired by that time.
I really enjoyed learning how Santi works. It is complex and works beautifully.
After that I was on my own a bit, but kept meeting up with new and old friends. I ended up back at the Drink & Draw location for lunch and had the loveliest visit with a couple of sketchers. We all headed to the final sketchwalk, the only one I ended up attending!
I got really lucky and was able to visit with my friend Liz for the final sketchwalk, the picture, and the walk over to the closing reception. I love visiting my sketching friends at the Symposium but often our visits are in short bursts, so this felt like such a treat.
The sketch above was my final sketch of the sketchwalk, and it turns out of the whole trip. I headed home the next day and was both too exhausted to sketch and also so incredibly satisfied with the sketching I had done over the last week, I felt it was okay to take a break for the day. It also helped that I had a really good book to read on the flight home!
At the closing reception they announced next year's location: Hong Kong! I'm so excited for the local team and for everyone in that area of the world for getting the opportunity to attend a Symposium closer to home. With the timing of that one (April 2020!) I might not be able to make it, but I have wonderful memories and lessons from this year's to carry me over until I can see all of my sketching friends again!
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