"Drawing in the city for me is the chance to somehow get involved into a part of city life which otherwise would go unnoticed. It is amazing how little we actually see, compared to everything that happens around us when we walk down the street, ride on a bus or sit in a cafe. When you draw, you have to look at the things in a different way, more accurately, you have to keep them in mind to draw them how they really are. I love sketching in new places, but even a usual street which I've walked up and down a thousand times is still an eternal source of inspiration, and that's what I love about drawing most of all. The trick is not to fall into mechanical reproduction of the same windows, road signs and cars all the time, you have to find something unique in every seemingly boring everyday objects, because they truly have their own life and character. My challenge is to find and express that character."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
Urban Sketchers is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Consider making a donation today to help us continue to 'Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.' All donations in the United States are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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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