Bagi sketcher, bisa berada di satu tempat yang asik untuk melakukan sketching bersama-sama itu adalah sebuah keseruan dan keasyikan tersendiri yang sangat istimewa. Apalagi dilakukan di tempat yang istimewa pula.
Sebagai pembuka di awal tahun 2018, Kota Yogyakarta sepakat dipilih menjadi kota kedua ajang lanjutan rangkaian tur kegiatan 101 Travel Sketch. Yaitu ajang kegiatan kelas, workshop, dan sketchwalk bersama bertema “jalan-jalan sambil sketching” atau travel sketch. Kegiatan ini digagas sebagai upaya mengajak masyarakat yang baru mulai tertarik ingin mencoba belajar membuat sketsa atau catatan dalam bentuk sketsa. Selain itu acara ini juga menjadi ajang temu muka dan temu kangen para sketcher – baik pemula maupun senior, yang berasal dari berbagai daerah di Indonesia untuk melakukan sketching bersama. Juga memanfaatkan kegiatan ini sebagai sebuah inisiatif kreatif penunjang pariwisata kota lewat sketsa. 101 Travel Sketch merupakan kerjasama ciamik antara Panorama Hospitality Management (PHM), The 101 Hotel, bersama Sketchwalker. Setelah Bogor menjadi kota pertamanya dan Yogyakarta sebagai kota kedua, harapannya semoga akan berlanjut keliling ke kota-kota berikutnya, seperti Bandung, Malang, Jakarta, Palembang, dan Bali!
Nah, ada yang unik dan berbeda untuk ajang 101 Travel Sketch edisi Yogykarta ini, mulai dari acara tambahan, seperti diskusi santai (wedhangan) yang dihadiri oleh banyak seniman dan perupa Jogja yang datang bersama Mas Butet Kartaredjasa. Lalu ada perform menggambar di badan bus White Horse oleh Mas Cyndo dari Indonesia’s Sketcher Jogja, saat car free day di Jalan Malioboro. Hingga art market dan art perform di kawasan Titik Nol.
Yogyakarta memang selalu istimewa, selain melibatkan banyak seniman dan perupa Yogyakarta seperti Mas Nasirun dalam kegiatan malam diskusi, juga saat sketching bersama di Titik Nol bersama Pak Djoko Pekik, di malam terakhir acara 101 Travel Sketch – seperti sebelumnya maka diadakan acara fun auction atau lelang karya sketsa. Yaitu semua peserta sketch boleh mengajukan karya sketsanya untuk dilelang kepada sesama sketcher dan panitia.
Bagaimana tidak istimewa, lelang sore hari berhasil ditutup dengan total perolehan diangka 11,8 juta. Lalu lelang malam harinya bersama para tokoh, pengusaha, dan Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Mangkubumi, lelang ditutup diangka 24,5 juta! Yang makin istimewa lagi adalah gagasan dari Gusti Kanjeng Ratu supaya acara sketsa ini bisa membawa manfaat juga bagi yang lain, maka sebagian dari total hasil lelang tadi akan didonasikan kepada yayasan anak-anak autis.
Keistimewaan Yogyakarta selalu menjadi ciri yang terus terawat oleh masyarakatnya. Kegiatan sketchwalking di Jogja kali ini sungguh sangat menyenangkan, seru, dan penuh kenangan. Semoga aktivitas sketching dan sketchwalking peserta 101 Travel Sketch di Jogja ini bisa terus berlanjut bersama teman-teman komunitas Indonesia’s Sketcher cabang Yogyakarta!
Keseruan ini masih berlanjut, akan ada lagi ajang sketching bareng dan workshop keliling di kota lainnya. Sampai bertemu lagi di edisi selanjutnya 101 Travel Sketch di Kota Bandung !
Sebelum memulai kelas gambar untuk anak special ini yang perlu digaris bawahi adalah bahwa semua hal yang berkaitan dengan pekembangan anak-anak ini adalah sebuah proses dan kita harus sabar dan bener-bener menghargai proses ini. Berikut ini adalah beberapa hal yang perlu diperhatikan:
1. Anak-anak ini setidaknya harus sudah memiliki minat dan semangat yang tinggi dalam menggambar atau mewarnai.
2. Perlu diperhatikan usia anak dengan materi yang diberikan karena berpengaruh terhadap persepsi anak tentang gambar itu sendiri, tentang bentuk dan tentang warna.
3. Pada kondisi anak normal saya memberikan 4 metode pembelajaran menggambar dan mewarnai yaitu mencontoh gambar dari instruktur, mencontoh gambar dari benda-benda/obyek di sekelilingnya, menggambar bebas dengan topic yang sudah ditentukan dan yang terakhir adalah khusus mewarnai.
4. Saya masih belum merumuskan materi gambar berdasarkan tingkat usia anak-anak ini. Hampir semuanya menjalani materi yang sama mungkin saja seandainya ada banyak asisten bisa jadi materi gambar yang saya berikan berdasarkan perkembangan tingkat usia mereka.
Karena anak-anak special ini memiliki karakter yang berbeda maka cara penanganannya pun juga berbeda.
Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire draws spellbinding 18ft picture of New York from memory… after a 20-minute helicopter ride over city
This astonishing 18ft drawing of the world’s most famous skyline was created by autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter gazing at the panorama.
The unbelievably intricate picture was drawn at Brooklyn’s prestigious Pratt Institute from Stephen’s memory, with details of every building sketched in to scale.
Landmarks including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building can be seen towering above smaller buildings after just three days in his spellbinding creation.
Listening intently to his ipod throughout the artistic process – because music helps him – London-born Stephen uses only graphic pens as he commits his photographic memory to the high-grade paper.
Invited by top U.S. television network CBS to display his talents to the American public in a new screen appearance this week, Stephen has dumbfounded art lovers around the globe with sketches of Tokyo, Rome and Hong Kong.
Stephen sketches his layout in pencil first and then scales it within the border, first adding in landmarks before filling out in more intricate detail,’ said Iliana Taliotis, who works with Stephen and his family.
‘He works methodically in short sharp bursts and is even being put on webcam by CBS as he puts his art to paper.’
On his third visit to New York, this is Stephen’s first panorama of the world’s most iconic cityscape.
‘Stephen feels this is his spiritual home,’ said Iliana.
‘There are many similarities between his home, London, and New York that he can relate to.
‘The only difference is that everything is on a bigger scale and with taller, more modern buildings.
‘Cities have always been his passion, and he is drawn to cosmopolitan lifestyles.’
I’ve been sketching my way around the world for five years now, and I can safely say the practice has forever changed me as a traveler. I love how my sketchbook slows me down, throws all of my senses wide open, and paves the way to spontaneous encounters with locals and fellow visitors alike.
So, in the hopes of convincing more travelers to embrace the paintbrush and sketch pad as a way to be wholly present while they explore the world—and to record their unique experience of a new place—I’m offering my take on how to get started.
Establishing your sketching style is an evolution—but, as is always the case with travel, the journey can be as much of a delight as the destination. The following steps are ones I’ve found work for me, and to help illustrate each stage of the process, I’ve included step-by-step photos from a sketching session in the Costa Brava region of Spain.
1. Choose a subject.
Let your natural interests and curiosity be your compass as you begin sketching in a new place. When it comes to deciding on a subject, think about what you already tend to home in on when you travel. Perhaps you love photographing streetscapes or capturing what you eat for breakfast. Start there.
2. Lay the scene out with pencil.
I begin every sketch in pencil, as I’m developing an overall sense of the scene. This is my chance to ask, What’s going on here? What is it about this scene that’s speaking to me? Sometimes I’ll sketch out what I see and realize I haven’t got the perspective quite right. It’s nice having the option to erase and start over again.
3. Fill in the details with pen.
It’s impossible to capture everything you see in a sketch, so I like thinking of each detail as a decision. To include or not to include? That is the question. My style has developed so that my line work is carefully drawn, but you might find that a looser style helps you better express your impressions of a place.
At this stage in the process, I also enjoy writing annotations on the sketch—short notes about what I’m hearing, smelling, or tasting, maybe snippets of a conversation I’ve overheard, or even more personal impressions of how I’m feeling that day.
4. Bring it to life with color.
At this point, it’s all about having fun—after concentrating for an hour or two on drawing, my brain always welcomes the chance to change speeds. Whether you’re using markers, colored pencils, or watercolors, each medium offers its own adventure.
Ideally, I’ll complete a sketch while on location. Staying immersed in the process from start to finish helps me tell the story of that scene as it unfolded during my experience.
When that’s not possible—daylight has run out, it started raining, or there’s somewhere else I need to be—I’ll photograph my vantage point and use it to finish the sketch at a later time.
5. Be open to serendipity.
Traveling with a sketchbook has not only influenced how I see the world, but also how I interact and connect with other cultures.
When I’m sketching, I try to be aware of the people moving around me. If I sense someone peering over my shoulder, I’ll often look up, say hello, and try to strike up a conversation with them.
For example, at the end of this particular sketching session in Spain, a man and a woman came came through the red door that I’d included in my drawing. The man asked me what I was painting.
After I showed them my sketch, the couple offered me a seat, introduced themselves as Joan and Nuria, and told me they had owned the one-room casa particular (holiday cottage) hidden behind the red door for the past 25 years. We spoke for more than half an hour, and the insights they shared about the history and culture of Costa Brava added unexpected layers to my understanding of the region.
The encounter was a perfect metaphor for what it is I’ve come to value most about sketching.
When we travel, each new place starts out as a closed door. The goal is to find our own key for unlocking it, whether it’s through sampling the local cuisine, communing with nature, or photographing street art.
My sketchbook has become that key for me—just like the brass key Nuria and Joan used to open their casa particular. I encourage you to tuck a sketchpad in your suitcase when you’re packing for your next trip…and see what doors it might open for you.
> Nuts and Bolts: Supplies
When I first started sketching, I brought just three things with me—a sketchbook, drawing pen, and watercolor pencils. After someone gave me a Winsor & Newton watercolor field kit, I began my foray into watercolors. My advice is to start small and simple, and slowly build the number of supplies you carry with you.
Pencils: I start every sketch with a pencil outline, and most frequently use Derwent sketching pencils with a hardness of HB.
Eraser: After I finish tracing my initial outline with pen, I erase the pencil lines to give the sketch a clean look. My favorites: extra soft vinyl erasers.
Drawing pens: I’ve experimented with several brands over the years, from Pigma Micron to Staedtler to Prismacolor, but finally settled on Faber-Castell’s PITT artist pens with an extra fine nib. Look for ink that is waterproof, lightfast, and acid-free.
Brushes: I travel with three brushes: two Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor round brushes (sizes 2 and 4), and my go-to, a synthetic squirrel hair brush by Mimik (round, size 6). I use the Mimik brush most of the time, and the two smaller Cotman brushes for more intricate details or lettering.
Sketchbook: Standard drawing paper has a weight of about 130 grams per square meter (gsm), but applying watercolors can cause the paper to buckle. A good weight for watercolor paper starts at 200-300 gsm, so keep an eye out for this when you’re sketchbook shopping. In terms of brands, the one I’ve come to use regularly is Canson, specifically their line of Montval watercolor pads, which comes in several travel-friendly sizes.
Water container: Though I’ve often used a bottle cap in a pinch (or asked for an extra to-go cup if I happen to be sketching in a café), I now carry a plastic water container with me on the road.
Bag: Lastly, I store everything but my sketchbooks and water container in a small canvas pouch, which is easy to keep in my backpack when I’m traveling and ensures I’m always ready should inspiration strike.
Bogor, Sabtu pagi itu tiba-tiba macet mulai dari pintu keluar tol Jagorawi sampai seputaran Kebun Raya Bogor. Ya.. Sabtu pagi itu ada acara pembukaan kegiatan workshop keliling “101 Travel Sketch”, yaitu workshop belajar sketching bareng yang sebagai kota perdananya diadakan di Bogor. Hebatkan?
Tapi yang membuat macet jalanan Bogor tentu saja bukan karena acara kami saja, kebetulan hari itu tanggal 28 Oktober, ada banyak sekali acara memperingati Sumpah Pemuda di Bogor, salah satunya kirab remaja di Istana Bogor bersama Pak Jokowi. Tapi paling tidak semarak dan semangatnya dengan acara sketchwalk sama bukan? hehe..
Berlokasi di halaman parkir depan The 101 Hotel Bogor Suryakencana, tenda besar sengaja dipasang. Pembukaan acara begitu heboh dan semarak seakan seluruh peserta dan penyelenggara larut dalam keseruan awal kegiatan travel sketch ini. Pembukaan acara dilakukan oleh Pak Budi sebagai CEO Panorama Group, lalu ada perwakilan dari Kemenpar, Pemkot Bogor, dan yang lebih seru lagi dengan munculnya Kang Triawan Munaf – Ketua Badan Ekonomi Kreatif.
Ide awal kegiatan acara workshop keliling ini dicetuskan bersama antara Panorama Group, The 101 Hotel Group, dan Sketchwalker. Berawal dari keinginan bersama untuk mengangkat atensi dari destinasi wisata sebuah kota dengan medium sketsa. Terlebih lagi dengan maraknya aktivitas kreatif sketching ini mulai merebak di banyak sekali kota-kota di Indonesia. Untuk Kota Bogor sendiri, tuan rumahnya adalah komunitas sketchingBogor Sketchwalkers.
Materi acara di Bogor kali ini antara lain mulai dari kelas workshop sampai lelang karya. Kelas workshop sendiri dibagi menjadi empat kelas yang pematerinya adalah Iqbal, Motulz, Seto, dan Coretanino. Materinya selain tentang travel sketch juga tentang teknik cat air, human interaction, sampai food sketching. Jumlah peserta workshop kurang lebih mencapai 215 pendaftar. Namun lebih serunya lagi yaitu dengan adanya workshop khusus “junior sketchwalker” atau workshop sketching untuk anak-anak yang dipandu oleh Sheila.
Selain acara workshop tentu ada juga acara sketchwalk atau jalan-jalan sambil menggambar bersama di lokasi. Lokasi yang dipilih panitia Bogor Sketchwalkers adalah – sudah pasti Kebun Raya Bogor, lalu sekitaran Jalan Suryakencana sampai pelosok Pulo Geulis di tepian cabang Sungai Ciliwung. Antusias peserta sangatlah tinggi, terlihat dari semangat mereka saat mau berjalan kaki mulai dari terik matahari sampai hujan deras. Beruntung juga karena panitia sigap dengan membekali peserta mulai dari jaket hujan, payung, hingga buah pisang sebagai pengganjal lapar.
Acara di Bogor ini hanya awal dari serangkaian acara di kota lain yang akan disinggahi workshop keliling 101 Travel Sketch. Kota berikutnya adalah Jogjakarta yang rencananya akan dilaksanakan pada awal Januari 2018. Tentu dengan agenda workshop-nya pun yang berbeda dengan di Bogor. Termasuk para sketcher pemberi materinya. Nah! untuk informasi lengkapnya bisa cek langsung saja di www.101travelsketch.com
Terima kasih Bogor! keseruan dan kehebohannya tak akan terlupakan.
Broadcaster, recently shared his struggle to recover from a near fatal stroke and how art helped move him beyond this difficult experience. The Daily Mail’s thorough article on this process showcases Marr’s beautiful artwork from this difficult period, as Marr himself makes comment on the importance of art in his life, and how this difficult experience filled him with a remarkable ability to trust his creative instincts.
Marr’s book, A Short Book About Drawing, is the backdrop for this story, while his account of drawing and his struggles with a stroke show his resolve in the face of difficult circumstances. Art served as essential for Marr’s recovery, helping him find hope, a message he seeks to share with his many fans who’ve watched him over the years.
[quote]Above all, I hope it will persuade you, whether you draw or not, to pick up a pencil and face the horrifying blankness of a sheet of A4. And then plunge ahead…[/quote]
[Photo Credit-Andrew Marr via The Daily Mail]
Marr’s lesson teaches us that living involves the desire to create. When one begins the journey toward recovery, it must include a desire to live, to hope, and to dream. Certainly, all of these elements must be present to create artwork, which is why it makes sense that creating art, whether it be writing, sketching, painting, or composing music, encouages us to live again. It is that hope that seems to be the lesson of Marr’s experience.
Many artists have faced difficult cirumstances. One thinks of Jackson Pollock’s struggles with depression, or the writer William Styron, author of Darkness Visible, who both used their artwork as a way of living through their inner turmoil.
Art teaches us to begin again, even after life’s troubles seem to stop us in our tracks. It is often hard to imagine, when in the thick of a life altering event like a chronic illness, or when faced with the certainty of death, that something good can come from those experiences.
Like Andrew Marr, many artists know that they cannot give up living, so in an act of bravery, they find the strength to survive wherever they can. As Marr encourages us to pick up pencil, pressing it to paper to create, we honor the artist’s struggle by heeding his call to action. Tell us about your own struggles in our comments section. What difficult life situations has art helped you to move beyond?
To say that it has been a traumatic week sounds dramatic. I received an urgent call on Wednesday lunchtime. By Wednesday evening I was standing outside the Stroke unit in my hometown down in Suffolk. Hugging my parents and wondering what was next. The corridor setting was quiet, cold, remote and downright scary. There seem to be 3 types of people around; those going about their daily routine; those who have come to know this as their daily routine and the downright fearful. We fell into the later category. I won’t go into the details here. I am trying to set the scene for my sketching. It is probably enough information.
As those of you that know my website, blog and my sketches will know, Reportage Illustration is my thing. I’m interested in telling stories through drawing. Through this interest I have come to look at a lot of drawings and social media postings by other reportage artists and have come to see quite a lot of hospital sketches-waiting rooms, those lying in beds and the like. I guess I thought it was interesting to capture such things. This was not the case for me this week. There were two reasons why I wouldn’t and didn’t sketch in the hospital. Firstly, I love to loose myself in a sketch and concentrate on it in entirety, it takes me out of myself and to another place. I didn’t want to loose myself in this place and I didn’t want to remember it in detail and the feelings I had. Secondly, for my mother, who was waiting on news with me, It would have felt like an intrusion and disrespectful. So I didn’t draw the corridors, the waiting room, the chapel or the cafe. We sat and chatted, sometimes about everyday nonsense, sometimes about the important things.
I have always used sketching to enable me to capture my take on the world and to capture life as it is happening. I have also used it as therapy, to help calm me and focus me. I have a tendency to flit between multiple tasks and the sketching enables me to do just one thing and to live in the moment. I love it for that and I wanted to capture the week but only when there was some hope and some clarity. To be positive was important and to capture this in any sketches was equally important.
By Thursday we had some sense of positive direction and we were able to go home with Dad. It had been a tiring, draining and as I said in the first sentence, traumatic couple of days. My awkward capture of my Dad sleeping helped me to focus on something positive and something routine. It felt like the right time to sketch. By Friday there were more captures, in his favourite and most used room in the house: The garden room. He has been a keen gardener and loves flowers, the shoes by the door are his gardening shoes. These sketches came naturally:
I headed back to Manchester on Saturday morning. My dad is a Mancunian but I didn’t grow up in Manchester. I have been here 10 years and there are lots of familiar things. It feels like home. Ironically, I had always planned to do some sketching at the Etihad Stadium, the City Ground in East Manchester. I wanted to capture the crowds and some of the stadium. My dad grew up a city fan. He was very keen to tell me more when he knew I was planning to sketch it. He told me about the matches he had attended as a kid at Maine Road, about the players he had loved to watch and about the leather balls they used to play with. Sketching there on Saturday felt like the right end to the week. It was therapy and it felt just right. Around the corner of the stadium next to the gas towers seemed like the right scene to sketch too. It was Manchester and it reminded me of Dad.