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 M: Color Games




Location
Avenida del Puerto/Puerta Diego Colón

Instructor
Jason Das

Workshop description
In this fast-paced workshop, we will explore the interaction between line, color, and value through several fun and illuminating exercises. Prepare to push your boundaries, set aside habitual approaches, collaborate with your fellow participants, and leave with a fresh perspective on your use of color. (This workshop is an evolution of Jason's popular "Urban Color" workshops at the 2010 Portland Symposium.)

Exercises will include (if there's not enough time, we may have to cut some):
  • We'll sketch the same view twice, once with a warm-colored line, once with a cool-colored line. After coloring these sketches, we'll compare how the line color influences the finished piece.
  • We'll color sketches of the same view multiple times: as a one-color value study, with only two colors (one warm and one cool), with "realistic" color, and with fantasy/impressionistic/"wrong" color. (Color aside, sketching the same view multiple times in a row can be a very useful exercise.)
  • The collaborative finale! We'll each make a line-drawing, then swap with a classmate to color the other person's linework. By separating the line-making from coloring, we'll feel how different parts of the mind are at work at different points in the sketching process, and see how our classmates' color-sense can steer a picture in a direction the original sketcher would not have gone. This exercise can be equal parts nerve-wracking and fun.

Learning goals
To "think outside the box" in terms of color (or at least to recognize the boxes we create or ourselves) and to confront the diversiy of approaches to color adopted by our fellow urban sketchers. We'll also gain perspective on the different mental mechanisms at work when rendering line, value, or color, as we flex these "sets of muscles" in isolation and different combinations.

Supply list
  • White (or at least fairly neutral) paper.
  • Several colored line-drawing tools (ink or colored pencil) including at minimum: black (or very dark), a warm color (such as red or orange), and a cool color (such as blue or green).
  • A full range of colors for coloring line drawings (ideally watercolors; but markers, colored pencils, or other media are OK too).

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