夏だ!フェスだ!スケッチだ!/ USkJ Meet-up Summer Edition at Sumida Street Jazz Festival


Hi there! Hope you all are doing well:)
This month’s meet-up was a special summer edition and we went sketching at Sumida Street Jazz Festival, which marked their 10th anniversary this year. During the fest, stages popped up here and there throughout the Kinshicho area and bands filled it with music. We documented that by drawing bands, audience, etc.

It was my first time to go to Sumi-Jazz. But I originally like music concerts and festivals (and vibes they create!), so I was very excited for this outing.

Photo (of Naoko-san and Casey-san’s wife trying to take photos) by Casey-san

The main stages were set up at Kinshi Park, where also food stalls and sponsors’ booths popped up so you could enjoy eating, drinking, and other activities, while listening to music.

By Naoko-san
By Shin-san

Literally bands played all around the area. There was a crowd surrounding the stage just in front of Kinshicho Station.

I was full of energy to sketch, but once exposed to that heat and humidity, I couldn’t walk around. So, I sat down in a shade at Kinshi Park and took time for this drawing.

Audience kept getting bigger around the stage while I was drawing. I think I could’ve added people endlessly.

Me drawing. Also, you can see Yoshida-san painting under a tree.
By Hiromi-san
Let me share Yoshida-san’s amazing sketch.

Throw down from the morning sketch. Seems our sketches are dancing along with music, doesn’t it?

After lunch break, we started the afternoon session. I first tried to sketch bands and instruments, but it was so hard to draw standing amid audience (or I just didn’t want to stand under the sun) that I soon went back sitting on a hedge at Kinshi Park. Then I did this quick ballpoint drawing.

I need to learn to give volume and texture only with ballpoint.

Throw down from the afternoon sketch. Now we had sketches by people joining late, which made our results even more rich in variety than in the morning.

The best photo from this meet-up is one by Yukina-chan. I think the warm sunlight represents the fresh surprise and wonder that we always have when we show sketches to each other at a time.
By Yukina. Thank you for your contribution!




Some of us stayed to sketch a bit more. You can see Sky Tree from Kinshi Park, so I added it in the background. I drew too many windows on the next building. It would be like 150-story high :p

We ended up doing a drink and draw at an izakaya as usual though we all were super tired. I did a parallel pen sketch and tried to capture all the people I could see. I love drawing with the pen because lines go spontaneous and free.

To those who joined the sketching, thank you for being super creative despite that hot weather. As one of the organizers, I’m just relieved that no one got sick though I know everyone pretty tired. I also appreciate Shin-san, who arranged everything for this event, and Kumi-san, Naoko-san, and Casey-san, who always take photos of us and throw downs.

Personally, this month’s meet-up was special because it was in a different situation than usual –– sketching at a music festival under super hot summer weather. But we managed to do it without any big trouble. So, I’m feeling grateful, and actually, a little empty as well. Yet we have already started discussing the location for next month and we also have an idea for later this year. How do you like the monthly meet-ups so far? I have shared this post on Facebook. Let us know your favorite location, places where you want to go in a future outing, and any opinions you have on the comment section of the Facebook post (sorry the comment feature of this blog doesn’t work). I look forward to hearing from you guys. Thanks for reading:)



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Urban Sketchers Japan: 夏だ!フェスだ!スケッチだ!/ USkJ Meet-up Summer Edition at Sumida Street Jazz Festival
夏だ!フェスだ!スケッチだ!/ USkJ Meet-up Summer Edition at Sumida Street Jazz Festival
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