"When I began to draw four years ago, drawing every day gave me the excuse to slow down and pay closer attention to ordinary things. The more I drew, the more I noticed, and the more drawing became integral to the way I see. I use very portable materials: fountain pen, brush pen, waterbrush, and sometimes gouache (which I keep in a painting kit made from a mini-Altoids tin), so I can work almost anywhere. Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, is a city of hills and rivers, of unexpected neighborhoods and surprising views — I've lived here nearly half my life, now, and look forward to showing you some of what I see."
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.