The Urban Sketcher
Cities around the world provide a wealth of visual stimuli, from bustling streets and markets, to the quiet of café culture. In many senses they are a visual playground for the creative mind. This is why drawing city landscapes and all that inhabit them can provide a welcome challenge for any budding, practising or established artist. No two drawing trips are ever the same. You might be attracted to street signage during one trip, or a fragment of a child’s conversation might inspire an illustrated picture book similar to that of Miroslav Sasek’s ‘This is…’ Series, or ‘Around the World with Mouk’ by Marc Boutavant. Both of which are a feast for eyes and minds.
A great inspirational resource is ‘The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location around the World’ by Gabriel Companario. The book compiles more than five hundred contemporary illustrations alongside artists’ profiles, sketching tips and more. Visit www.urbansketchers.org where you can see sketches of current events from many different cities like San Diego comic-con, it makes the world seem a lot smaller.
There are many online drawing groups similar to Urban Sketchers who meet regularly to encourage, explore and support each other’s drawing ventures. These can be a great way of meeting like-minded individuals of varying abilities. Whatever your aim, the main thing is to enjoy the experience.