"I am an illustrator living right outside of New York City. During my years studying in New York (at Parsons and the David J. Passalacqua School), I was introduced to the art of reportage. Reportage taught me what it means to be an artist. It is an honest practice of observing, understanding, and translating. New York is an amazing place and in many ways the entire world is here. The people, places, history and culture have allowed me to grow as an artist as I try to keep my art evolving to match it's constantly changing landscape.
What I love most about what I do is the opportunity to meet someone new, discover a place I've never been, or learn something just because I'm out there doing it. The practice of translating what I see into something that communicates has taught me about myself and my reasons for creating art.
In today's world of communication, it is increasingly rare to see the humanity in visual language, and even more rare to feel it. I believe it is so important to remember that our uniqueness is what makes the world interesting and beautiful."
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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.
The Urban Sketchers logo was created by Italian graphic designer Franco Lancio.