November 15th, 2013

Dynamic Ink at the Eiffel Tower

Norberto Dorantes, an Urban Sketchers correspondent from Argentina, led a workshop at this summer’s Symposium entitled “Dynamic Ink: Using Non-waterproof Ink Creatively”. Norberto wrote in the write up for his workshop “pens with non-waterproof ink can be an interesting and essential to dominate when we do sketching. Often it is believed that we should use […]

October 28th, 2013

Casting a Strong Shadow

Spanish architect Luis Ruiz posted this drawing of a plaza in his native Málaga. At the left side of the square is a historic church, the Inglesia de Santiago. We asked Luis to write about his technique in the lighting of this drawing and in particular the strong shadow in its center which so […]

September 10th, 2013

Nautilus Shell

Massachusetts artist Alexandra Walters sent us this unique colored pencil drawing along with a detailed write-up of her technique: “I was very intrigued when I acquired my first ivory Stillman & Birn journal. I began to look for subject matter which would make good use of the beautiful color of the paper. I found […]

September 6th, 2013

At the High Line

The High Line is a unique New York experience, a 1-mile linear park built on an unused elevated section of railroad tracks. The High Line sits atop the trendiest sections of Manhattan, from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea. Here is a photo which shows what a special place this is:

Illustrator Paul Heaston recently […]

July 30th, 2013

The Art Market

Judith Alsop Miles is a UK-born Urban Sketcher living in the Aude valley in southern France. Judith sent us this report from a local art fair.

“Just back from a dizzying three days at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona, I had a stall at a local art fair in Espéraza. A perfect opportunity to […]

July 16th, 2013

Marabou Stork

London-based illustrator and naturalist Niroot Puttapipat has been trying out his new Gamma Series sketchbook and shared this drawing of a Marabou stork with us. About his technique, the artist writes “this drawing was created very simply, in fact. I began the initial gestural sketch with a brown coloured pencil, then worked the finer details […]

June 25th, 2013

Picasso’s House

Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga in the house shown in this drawing “Málaga Square” drawn by the Spanish architect, Luis Ruiz. Luis writes, “The obelisk that stands in the center of the drawing was erected in 1842. So it wa…s already there when Picasso was born [in 1881] in the building that you can […]

March 13th, 2013

Mi 40° Cuaderno (My 40th Sketchbook)

Miguel Herranz is a Barcelona-based illustrator, designer, Urban Sketchers correspondent and a prolific sketchbook artist. Miguel recently finished his 40th sketchbook and shared it with us in this Issuu digital format. It was hard to pick one spread from the choices offered in this journal. We picked “El Drac de Gracia,” the dragon of the […]