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USK Manchester Symposium : People Sketching

September 13, 2016

The most fun thing about the annual Urban Sketchers Symposium is the general acceptance for portrait-stalking.

We get to draw each other without that normal nervous feeling. You know? – If you draw a friend or family member, there’s that little worry – what if this one doesn’t turn out!? With other sketchers, it’s easier. Everyone understands.

Plus – you never have that instinct “don’t get caught staring!” And even better yet, nobody thinks you’re not paying attention when you sketch them.

So here’s some of my sketches from the various lunch breaks, after-parties and sketching hangouts:

Manchester People Sketching 06

There two Genine Carvalheira’s in here, a smudged Jenny Adam, a not-so-great Amber Sausen, a pretty good Paul “Jetlag” Heaston, The Dapper Hat Twins, Daniel Green and Spyro Rondos (Shari’s sig-other), plus Brits Hugh Winterbottom and Elspeth Murray.

Amber Sausen 2016

Retake of Amber Sausen (who got me playing Pokemon Go: #TeamInstinct because I’m the Yellow Peril).

Liz Steel 2016

The never-holds-still-when-talking Liz Steel who y’all know around here. This one drawn with my new magic pen nib (more later on that).

Suhita Shirodkar 2016

Suhita Shirodkar: regular symposium sketch buddy and fellow Craftsy instructor, also a tireless editor of

Manchester People_Lapin_Fernanda_Simone Rudyard_Elizbeth Alley

Lapin sketchbombing the leading ladies: Fernanda Vaz de Campos, Simone Ridyard and Elizabeth Alley

Manchester People Sketching 04

Sketchers milling around waiting for the auction to open. Marion Rivolier is in there somewhere. Can  you guess which is her? (Also – this is last day workshop burnout. Down to the printer paper and ballpoint pen! Can’t manage much else :)

Liz Ackerley

Liz Ackerley who took us on a guided tour of local murals – She’s just done an exhibition-and-book of urban sketching with views that incorporate the murals of Manchester.

Mancunian Chap

And, best portrait sketch of the event: This fellow stopped for a chat while I was meeting Hugh and Elspeth. Couldn’t resist sketching that Manc mug!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2016 6:50 AM

    Indeed! It’s much easier to sketch sketchers sketching than family members watching you sketch! I’ve got one of you while you were teaching your Team Reportage workshop.

  2. September 13, 2016 8:19 AM

    What new pen?? Art supplies junkie here!

    • September 15, 2016 8:16 AM

      Hey Sylvia – it”s called a Script Writer nib, comes in a variety of widths, all make that really neat double line :)

  3. September 15, 2016 4:18 AM

    Love the portrait sketches Marc

  4. September 18, 2016 11:22 AM

    I love the movement in them :). The one from Liz Ackerley is gorgeous, did you also do that with that special 2 nib pen? I can’t stop looking at it,it’s really beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    • September 18, 2016 1:33 PM

      Thanks Danni – yes that one of Liz has a little bit of double-line pen. Just on her shoulder and to ground the items on the table. I did think that one turned out well, thanks :) the secret is not showing the ones that don’t:) :)

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