Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

"Since I was a child, I have always loved drawing. As an architect, I was trained to sketch on site in my first year of my studies. I have always considered sketching a wonderful tool in my job to understand things, more in the field of spatial relations than in their material aspect. On the other hand, I have always brought a sketchbook with me in my travels as a much more effective way of keeping a memory than a photograph. But lately my travel sketches tended to be too few and too quick. I have recently found Urban Sketchers, and then discovered the immense joy of sketching outside with no particular task. Reading Usk’s manifesto, I feel especially sensitive with the point of keeping a record of time and place, and I’m changing from sketching just architecture to understand the city as a big scenario for human activity. I live in Málaga, a city in the south of Spain with more than half a million residents and 2,500 years of age; but also the center of a busy and lively metropolitan area, home of an active harbour and a big tourist destination. Now that I have two small children and I do not travel as much as before, I’m trying to show this mixture of old and new in my drawings. It is so rewarding to share my work with so many excellent artists and receive continuous feedback from other members! And, last but not least, to learn from other parts of the world. I'm delighted to join Urban Sketchers." • Luis' art on flickr.

Workshop J: What’s behind an onion? Drawing on layers



Location
Calle las Damas

Instructors
Miguel Herranz
Swasky

Workshop description
Not every subject on the scene has the same importance for you. The success of a sketch is not only a question of composition or framing, it involves some way of guiding the viewer through the drawing, underlining and emphasizing some subjects and leaving the others as just an atmosphere for the whole environment. In our workshop, we would show you the different ways we follow to achieve that goal.

Learning goals
Our first aim is to give participants some immediate and simple ways to experiment that the same scene can be very different depending on the different points of attention, and on the way these points are emphasized.

Once they have experimented these possibilities, our second objective is to help them decide the points of attention and how to establish that hierarchy graphically.

Workshop flow

First part
Experiment (1 hour.) Every participant will receive a pack of 4-5 copies of a very loose sketch of the environment in which we will make the workshop. The drawing represented will be a very simple and flat scheme of the area. On this step we don’t want to lose time on the first rough of the drawing, we want to make the students pass straight to the further step: underlining.

Participants will receive a list of 4-5 concepts concepts (for example: monument, cars, people at the bar, main building, trees) and another list of 4-5 techniques (line thickness, coloring just with black masses, coloring with black and 2 levels of grey, 3 colors no matter which, full color). The participants will make a correspondence between one point on the first list with one point on the second, then apply this to each one of the copies received.

2nd Part
Making decisions (2 hours.) On the second part the students will make 1-2 drawings starting from a white sheet and focusing on making decisions about the main points of interest and the way this points must be underlined.

By Swasky

By Swasky
"Since I got involved in the Urban Sketchers movement, things that have happened to me have been wonderful. I started again drawing more and more, and I rediscovered why I draw when I was I child."
—Swasky

By Miguel Herranz

By Miguel Herranz
"I love mostly the line, which I use to make with a calligraphic fountain pen. Then I use to put simple coloring with watercolor. I love to write about the scene I draw, text is very important for me."
—Miguel Herranz

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