The mission of Urban Sketchers Midwest is to connect on-location sketchers across the state–and like the original International blog, Urban Sketchers, our focus is on sketching on the spot, in cities, towns, and urban nature.
“Urban” doesn’t have to mean a big city, nor do you have to focus entirely on architecture. Cars, trains, cafes, shops, people, playgrounds, travel, urban decay, urban nature, reportage drawing, documenting the changes where you live...it all works. Show us YOUR Midwest.
The Urban Sketchers Midwest blog is by invitation only, but we encourage you to participate in Urban Sketchers Midwest through sketchcrawls, meet-ups, events, and eventually perhaps even workshops. The Flickr and Facebook groups are open to everyone.
Anyone can post on the Usk Midwest Facebook and Flickr pages, and location sketchers throughout the region are encouraged to do so. Find us HERE:
or on our Flickr group, http://www.flickr.com/groups/urban-sketchers-midwest/
Newcomers are also encouraged to post on the global Urban Sketchers Facebook page and Flickr sites:
NOTE: If you post to the main Urban Sketchers Flickr site, be sure to add the city/state and other location in the title or add it to your map, otherwise it may be removed.
The only "requirement" for posting on those pages is that the urban sketches be done on location, from direct observation. Beginners are welcome and encouraged, so please jump in!
As with global Urban Sketchers blog correspondents, USk Midwest blog correspondents are invited based on the quality of their work, style, originality, geographic location and overall skills as visual storytellers. The goal is to make the blog as diverse as possible in terms of geography, subject matter, and style in order to tell the story of this area. Or should I say “ALL the stories...”
Correspondents come from all over the Midwest, and have diverse backgrounds, from painting, architecture, journalism, engineering, advertising, illustration, graphic design, teaching and more. All of them share the same passion for drawing on location.
Being a correspondent means a strong involvement in our community of sketchers, including posting to the blog regularly —a minimum of once a month— and offering feedback to fellow sketchers on the blog, Flickr, and Facebook page. Correspondents not only add individual drawings to the blog but also narrative explaining the circumstances in which the sketch was done or a particular story behind it.
Current Usk Midwest blog correspondents review the Facebook and Flickr posts and recommend new correspondents to the blog administrator. When a new blog correspondent is invited, they are asked to agree to our shared commitment:
- To agree to adhere to the USk mission and manifesto
- To post regularly–10 times per year minimum; more if possible
- To attend local outings when possible and to organize them in your own area, if desired.
- It is also suggested that anyone interested in becoming a USk Midwest correspondent apply for membership in the global USk organization.
Thank you for your interest! Can’t wait to see your sketches...