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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A very special sketchbook from the Urban Sketchers symposium

One of the things that I was REALLY looking forward to at the symposium was being able to share it with my great sketching friend Alissa Duke (she is included in the book too and is an organiser of the wonderful sketching group that has been forming in Sydney) We got up at 4am on the day when registration opened so we could book the sessions we wanted together – how keen is that. Sadly Alissa was unable to make it so I thought I would try to collect some sketches from others to bring back for her. The result is this little book...

It is now filled with original works from a variety of artists of different styles and countries - Portugal, USA, Spain, Israel, Germany, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Dominican Republic, UK, Denmark, Sweden etc (and of course Australia) It really gives you an idea of how exciting it was to be at the symposium. Of course it is not a substitute...but as Alissa couldn't make it, I think it is the best way I could bring something back for her. If you don't know about Urban Sketchers the blog is here.

Sadly, I was not able to fill up the book with other peoples sketches- 3 days is not long enough for that...so I filled up the book re-doing some of my sketches when I got home (some of them sketches at 5am when I was awake due to jet lag!)

Here are the pages in full if you would like to view it on flickr (click on image to view larger)

A very special sketchbook from the symposium by borromini bear

A HUGE THANKYOU to everyone that contributed!!! She LOVES it!! (and I do too - what a privilege to be able to carry something so special for a few weeks!)

Finally.... please go over to Alissa’s flickr and say hello and see all the fabulous sketches she has been doing in Sydney lately!


  1. What a wonderful gesture! She's so lucky to have such a great friend like you, Liz! :D
    Love it! All the sketches are wonderful! Makes me wish I could be there too. :)

  2. Excellent!
    I loved looking through your journal in the slideshow! Very awesome! I agree with Fabiana, that your friend is lucky to have someone like you!

  3. Such a gift, Liz...and yes, Alissa is lucky indeed to have such a thoughtful friend. I know she deserves it!

  4. what a sweet and wonderful thing to do. you couldn't buy a present like that anywhere in the world. and it's such a creative idea too! Nice one, Liz!


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