"I consider my sketchbook pages to be peepholes into my life. Slices of my everyday experiences and observations. My goal is to tell the viewer a story. My story. The story of everyday life, which is unique with each and every person. I carry my sketchbook everywhere I go and take every opportunity I get to draw all the interesting things I see.
Every block of my city has a different story to tell... it is my mission to pause that story and let everyone take a look. Nowadays, everyone seems to be so busy, rushing back and forth, always looking ahead, but never looking around.
I get most of my inspiration from the simplicity in life. The moments and things no one ever pays attention to. An old man reading a newspaper, a young girl holding her mom's hand... cars that have been parked on the streets for weeks, abandoned buildings whose worn out structure tends to give off a certain expression. It's not always about pure creativity and conceptual thinking... sometimes it's about appreciating what's already there.
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.
The Urban Sketchers logo was created by Italian graphic designer Franco Lancio.