"I’ve always drawn and filled sketchbooks but I didn’t take care of it. A sketchbook could be finished in 2 or 3 years. I don’t remember how I started to work on advertising and graphic design but sure it was a slip from drawing. Then some years ago I left Madrid to a little town near Bologna in Italy and this unexpected “shake” put all things on their place. I don’t remember how I started to work again on illustration but sure I had needed to leave my country to find my way back home.
Drawing all day for a living on a graphic tablet made me need the touch of paper and so my sketches became more and more frequent, I started to finish my sketchbooks more and more quickly, I opened a blog to let people see what I was making, I started to search for other people sketching… and I found them!
That little amount of binded paper on my bag is now an eye to look out, a mouth to talk and to shout, a door to escape and go far away, but even to turn back and look inside."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
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