Symposium Day One

Originally published on Urban Sketchers

Welcome to the Urban Sketchers Symposium 2015 headquarters. This is the Singapore Design Centre – the worldwide epicenter of all things sketchy for the next 4 days! I decided to start the day by sketching the venue and it's neighbour before the 10.30 instructors meeting.

The National Design Centre - center of the world for the next few days
The design centre is a renovated art deco building which once housed the St Anthonys Convent and is situated right next door to the St Joseph's church. I got a quick sketch of it in before the morning briefing.

The Singapore organisers seem to be an incredibly well organised unit and it's clear they've done a lot of work. I enjoyed the early morning instructors briefing - a briefing to some of my all time favourite sketchers - some of which I hadn't even met yet. The day has been a steady stream of sketching and meeting familiar and new faces, then sketching again and meeting more! Lunch turned into a sketch off...

Later on it was registration time. Something like 300+ sketchers from all around the world filtered through to collect their symposium guides and goody bags before heading off for casual sketchcrawl - the perfect way to warm up for the next few days activities.

Kiah Kiean, Marc Taro Holmes and James Richards get amongst it in Purvis Street
I took the Purvis Street sketchcrawl group. Sketchers everywhere I've never sketched with so many people before!

More sketchers on Purvis Street
Then back to the design centre for the introduction. I tried to capture the organisers as they worked to explain proceedings to a captive audience...

Design Centre Reception

See you tomorrow, I'll be back with more.