Monday, August 3, 2020

Virtual Sketchcrawl #7- August 15th

Virtual Sketchcrawl #7- Sketching a Postcard

For the time being we are back to our regular sketchcrawls of once a month.

Please join us for our seventh virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, August 15th!

This time we suggest sketching a postcard.
Postcards are approximately 4"x6".....some I've measured at 4 1/4" x 6" and some older postcards are
3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
I suggest that you pick a size and then mark out that size on your sketchbook page. You might have room for two or even three on a page.
If you want to make your own to send out to a friend or fellow sketcher use cardstock or you can purchase watercolor postcards at your favorite art supply place.

  • Sending a postcard is an extremely affordable way to communicate when you’re using the U.S Postal Service—regular postcards cost only $0.35 to mail! To qualify for postcard pricing, your mailer must be at least 3 ½” high, 5” long and 0.007” thick (approximately the thickness of an index card), but no more than 4 ¼” high, 6” long.
Because of this smaller size format it might be an opportunity to change up something else in your art will be working smaller so why not make it a quick sketch, say 10-15 minutes instead of your usual? And with several postcards to do you can work on a variety of subjects too!

Andrea Matthews organized a postcard activity at the Manchester usk symposium in 2016. This is a postcard that she did in Paris.

As always, this challenge is optional, and you can be as strict to the subject or as loose as you like. Your participation is welcome whether you choose this challenge or not-- just make sure to work from life and to include contextual information, so it stays in the realm of urban sketching!

We will start at 10am.  At noon, which is when we would normally be meeting up for lunch to share sketchbooks, we'd love to see your sketches online in whichever forum feels comfortable for you:

(1) posting to this blog
(2) emailing to our mailing list
(3) posting in our Facebook group

See you there!

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