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April 8th, 2016

Prairie Style Planter – Café Brauer – Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il.

Artist: Andrew Banks, United States Artist Statement: My sketchbook is a record of my artistic process; a place for me to investigate and develop techniques and to record what inspires me. This Prairie Style planter is just one of many sketches in an ongoing series dedicated to the architecture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of […]

March 27th, 2016

Gapstow Bridge – Central Park

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States Artist Statement: As much as I enjoy working in the studio, there really is no substitute for the experience of working on location. Although it can be intimidating, the knowledge I’ve gained from drawing and sketching in city crowds and changing environments has led me to understand my process more […]

December 1st, 2015

Bea McNally’s in Hackettstown

Artist: France Belleville-Van Stone Artist Statement: Because I rarely do a “pre-sketch” in pencil, I often end up with second or third attempts on one page. There is something healthy about keeping the failed drawings close at hand, to be reminded of where they went wrong. The construction lines cannot be erased as they were […]

October 6th, 2015

Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Artist: Mais Qasrawi , Palestine Artist Statement: I usually try to capture scenes or characters and take them out of their usual context, either using freedom in line strokes or in the application of color. I take quite an unstructured approach to creating my art, which I think makes it look more lively to the […]

September 14th, 2015

Back Alley at Jalan Bahagia

Artist: Vincent Pang – CitiSketcha, Singapore Artist Statement: I grew up in this housing estate that was built in the 60’s under the local government’s housing administration, HDB. Being built then meant that there was a mix of 10-storey apartment buildings as well as 2-storey terrace houses which still stands today. The view of this […]

June 26th, 2015

Fiat 500

FIAT 500 Artist: Luciano Cisi, Italy Aritst Statement: The subject is a Fiat 500 F Series – a vintage 1970 model. I drew it in plein air at a mall parking lot close to my home in Latina, a town in about 65 km south of Rome. I sketched it using pencil, Steadtler Pigment Liner […]

June 8th, 2015

Urban Sketching Tutorial

Artist: Laura Sfiat, United States Artist Statement: I recently gave a workshop at the local Urban Sketchers chapter in Boston. I had prepared some handouts on my 20-minute technique for urban renderings. Here below, is the process from beginning to end including the color wash.

The event was very well attended and I was quite […]

May 6th, 2015

View of Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo

Artist: Adrian Rosario [ @lioninc_ ] Artist Statement: I feel like drawing is a simple task: just put a pencil on a paper and try to make sense of an image. I start by sketching and trying to fit everything and make the proportions I want to accomplish. Then I add detail, still sketching with […]

April 19th, 2015

Watercolor Study and Final Painting

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: How many of you artists out there were taught to do a study prior to painting? And how many of you just want to skip this step and dive into the painting? Well, I would like to say, for the record, to all those teachers: You were right! […]

April 14th, 2015

Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church)

Artist: Wolfgang Krisai, Austria Artist Statement: This is a drawing of Vienna’s Peterskirsche, a church built in the Baroque style in the 18th century. It is situated in The Graben, one of the most famous streets in Vienna’s First District, the city center. The church was built in a very compact form, revealing a much […]

April 6th, 2015

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

Artist: Patrick Ng, Singapore Artist Statement: I sketched this drawing on location on the corner of Swanston & Flinders St. in the gorgeous city of Melbourne when we visited in December. I usually sketch direct with my Hero fountain pen (with fude nib), loaded with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black ink. So I stood there under the […]

April 3rd, 2015

Rebirth of the Rialto

Brenda Swenson [ Brenda Swenson Watercolors ] posted this beautiful two-page spread of the historic and shuttered Rialto Theater in South Pasadena. The L.A. Times reports that “a prominent L.A. redeveloper of older buildings purchased the theater last month and hopes to turn it into an entertainment venue that could include a bar and screenings of old movies. […]

March 26th, 2015

Iced Latte in Bangkok

Artist: Suppachai Vong (lllouis), Thailand Artist Statement: I am a Thai artist, living in Bangkok. On Sunday afternoon I went to Siam Square, the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment district. I stopped at Lamune, the upscale stationery store, where I bought a Beta Series sketchbook. Then I went to the nearby Starbucks, got an […]

February 12th, 2015

Tokyo Train Commuters

Artist: Russell Stutler, Japan Artist Statement: For the new year I decided to focus on ink drawings, so I bought a new Epsilon Series wirebound sketchbook. This drawing was done entirely in brush and ink, and the models were fellow train commuters. These four people were not together when I saw them, but it made […]

January 5th, 2015

On the Avenida Paulista, São Paulo

This past summer’s Urban Sketchers Symposium took place in the historic Brazilian town of Paraty, giving participating artists the chance to visit the nearby city of São Paulo. Swedish designer and Urban Sketchers’ correspondent Nina Johansson sent us the following drawing and report from her visit:

“This sketch is from Avenida Paulista in São Paulo. […]