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My Team Sketching Card Game from #USKManchester2016

August 22, 2016

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If you head over to my free downloads page, I’ve just posted up the resource material for my team sketching card game, which was designed for my workshop at the recent international symposium, #USKManchester2016.

I know a traditional watercolor demo from me would have been a crowd-pleaser. But this year I wanted to present something that could *only* be accomplished at an event full of hard-core street sketchers :)

This project/game/drawing activity is designed for everyone to draw in their own style, with their own favorite materials. The underlying goal is about helping a group to work together. The deck supports a team of 10-15 artists (or more) making a complete catalog of a drawing location in a single afternoon.

It’s a scale model of how any sketching group can work as a team to document their city, or cover an event.

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I think everyone involved in our Manchester sessions had a great time. And I hope some of you might be interested in downloading the workshop notes and giving this a try with your local sketching group.

Besides the core USK audience, I hope there are art teachers who might find this useful. I think it would be perfect for a high-school or college level class.

Feel free to pass round the files. And if anyone does try it out – send me some pics from the event! ~m

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Rosita Sprohge permalink
    August 22, 2016 7:13 PM

    Hallo Marc,

    Thank you for this great resource. I don’t belong to a sketching group (we don’t have one in my small town) but I plan on using your cards as inspiration and practice when I go out sketching. I often can’t decide what to sketch (no really great architecture here) so these cards can help me make up my mind what to sketch and how. The exercises are really well designed.

    Thanks again for all your help and generosity.

    Rosita Sprohge

    Sent from Rosita’s iPad


  2. Sue permalink
    August 22, 2016 7:15 PM

    That looks great – it’s really generous of you to share so much of your work, Marc.

  3. August 22, 2016 7:27 PM

    Well :) Thanks Sue! But to be honest, I think of it as my duty. When USK brings us out to do the international symposium, I think we owe it to everyone to reach as many sketchers as possible with the results :) :)

  4. August 22, 2016 8:28 PM

    Thank you for this. One of my local groups my try it. As others have said, I appreciate your generosity and your attitude of sharing with the community of USk!

  5. August 22, 2016 10:09 PM

    Exciting! Inspiring! I wish I could have been there, but I will Most certainly make use of these!! Thank you for your generosity, and really, it just makes me more determined to get to a Symposium – – and… Beyond!!

  6. August 22, 2016 10:16 PM

    Interesting idea, Marc. I’m not a fan of “challenges” that tell me what to draw but I see here the potential for a fun game of solitaire, using the cards to provide ideas for sketching a particular subject and maybe even to serve as the basis for multiple trips to a site. I’ll be printing a set for those purposes. — Larry

    • August 23, 2016 9:44 AM

      Hey Larry – yes! – It’s really just a lecture on the key points to cover in a location-study, all dressed up as a game :) Like most edu-tainment – trying to sneak in the info under the disguise of fun :)

      • August 23, 2016 12:08 PM

        So often I choose the same darn view everytime I go to draw a building. This system should provide some variety. Printed a set on cover stock this morning and I’ll give it a try. Thanks.

  7. August 22, 2016 10:40 PM

    Wonderful, Marc! Thank you. I plan to try some of your ideas with my sketching group in California.

  8. August 22, 2016 10:50 PM

    I love it. I think we should try it in Montreal!

  9. August 22, 2016 10:55 PM

    This looks like great fun!

  10. August 22, 2016 11:25 PM

    Deal me in, Marc !!!! You are really generous with your time and talent. I’ll be sharing with my informal Tues. Nite art group. Your books are wonderful, too.

  11. joreimer permalink
    August 22, 2016 11:38 PM

    You are so generous, Marc. I’ll download the cards and use them to sketch my neighborhood. I think they’ll help me see my surrounding in a new light. We all forget that what’s old hat and all too familiar to us if completely new and exotic to visitors and we’d be wise to attempt to see our everyday world as a visitor from elsewhere would see it.

  12. Chris Alves permalink
    August 23, 2016 12:11 AM

    Thanks for your generosity Marc. I look forward to doing it.

  13. August 23, 2016 2:35 AM

    This is such a great idea! I will try it out with our group sometime. Thank you for sharing!

  14. August 23, 2016 4:10 AM

    Thank you Marc. This is very kind of you and I’d like to try it with my local group.

  15. maria regina tuazon permalink
    August 23, 2016 6:46 AM

    super love these!!!! thanks so much Marc :) you rock!!!

  16. August 23, 2016 8:17 AM

    How generous of you to share this at no cost! I am a beginner and love your posts. You give me the confidence to try it. Thank you! I am about to leave for a trip to Morocco and will do my best to sketch every day. Judy


  17. August 23, 2016 1:30 PM

    I attended Marc’s workshop at the Symposium and can highly, HIGHLY recommend this activity. It’s great fun, gets you to look & focus in different ways, and your work at the sketchcrawl then comes out so interesting and varied as you’ve taken many different approaches. Another very good point that Marc brought up as he guided us, was that this also frees the group up form thinking about always sketching the ‘glamor’ epic scenes (usually twisting in multiple similar-angled renderings of the building front). Making it a collective exercise emphasizes teamwork and it was truly delightful to share the myriad experiences after that.

  18. Trixxie permalink
    August 23, 2016 6:27 PM

    Oh Marc! What a wonderful resource! I’m looking forward to using these with our group! Thank you a hundred times over, for getting me up from my normal sketch location, and when I am placed there, a different way of looking at it!


  19. Elaine Pang permalink
    August 23, 2016 8:24 PM

    Exceedingly generous and well thought out – I have been tasked with leading sketching workshops at my company (informal lunchtime gatherings) – can’t wait to try these!

    • August 24, 2016 1:25 PM

      That should be perfect, as you’ll have free range of the place. Let us know how they turn out!

  20. August 27, 2016 4:54 PM

    Marc, merci de ta générosité. Je suis seule dans mon groupe ;-) mais tes cartes seront une belle source d’inspiration. Au plaisir ! Diane

  21. furgleblog permalink
    August 28, 2016 6:48 AM

    Really like your work

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