Monday, 30 November 2015

December Sketchcrawl

Hello dear sketchers,

For our December sketchcrawl, let's go sketch at the Christmas market in Luxembourg city.

If the weather is too bad, we will find refuge in one of the cafés in the centre.

Let's meet in front of the Cercle Cité (Place d'Armes) at 14:00 this Sunday 6 December 2015.

Don't forget your gloves, scarves and anything that can help to fight the cold ;)

See you on Sunday!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Moments de calme et de paix et une expérience intéressante

Cette photo rend bien les moments calmes et pacifiques que nous avons pu passer à la cathédrale de Luxembourg lors de notre dernière rencontre le 8 novembre passé.

Comme j'avais prévu d'arriver en retard, le jour-même, j'ai profité de l'occasion de passer quelques moments à la cathédrale la veille. Ayant fait un petit croquis à cette occasion, j'ai décidé de refaire la même vue le lendemain. Bien que les 2 dessins se ressemblent fortement, les impressions étaient toutes autres et notamment je ressentais plus d'assurance. Je pense que le fait de passer plusieurs fois à un endroit qu'on désire dessiner ou peindre (comme conseillé souvent et notamment par Alan Johnston) peut aider énormément.

A  bientôt lors du sketching de décembre!!!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

November Urban sketching with LUCA

Dear Sketchers,

Last minute news:
The November Urban Sketching Session with LUCA will take place at the Rotondes in Luxembourg Bonnevoie this Saturday 28th of November from 2 pm until 5 pm.
We will meet at the bar "La Buvette" of the Rotonde 2 at 2 pm.
Depending on the weather and temperature we will sketch inside or outside those astonishing buildings, and if it is becoming really too cold, the Buvette will remain the warmest option...
nice perspectives isn't it?

See you on Saturday!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

In and around the Notre-Dame Cathedral

For the USk Luxembourg sketchcrawl in December, we decided to explore the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg city.

The weather was quite mild for November, so some of us decided to tackle the exterior of the building.

It was not my first attempt at sketching the cathedral, but it is the first time I take my time doing it, finding my vanishing point, etc. That did not, however, prevent me from sketching a tilted bell tower, hehe. The belltower and spikes are definitely the trickiest parts, but also the loveliest, in my opinion...

... until you actually enter the cathedral. Which is surprisingly big.

Maybe because the cathedral is nestled between other buildings, so it's a bit difficult to evaluate its actual size.

It is very lovely, with colourful stained glass windows, and has just the right amount of ornaments. 

There are many interesting details that might escape your notice if you don't pay attention, like the fact that each column has a different pattern on it.

I didn't have the patience to actually represent those patterns on my sketch, nor did I feel like working on the perspective. I just picked up a few watercolour pencils and started skribbling.

And while the result is probably not a masterpiece, I did enjoy myself immensely and find the sketch more interesting than the other one above. 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Around the Cathedral

On our latest sketchcrawl we decided to explore Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg city.

The cathedral was built by Jesuits in the XVIIth century in the late gothic style with many Renaissance elements.

As luck would have it, the weather was pleasant enough to stay outside for a while and we all tackled this beautiful building from different angles before heading inside.


Thank you for the pictures, Leen!

Next time, 6th December, we'll go to the Christmas market, so bring warm clothes!