"I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, but when I started using sketchbooks some years back, I suddenly started drawing much more. It's as if the idea of filling that darned book creates a drive to draw, and it has become an almost daily habit. A filled sketchbook gives a great feeling of accomplishment, and since I keep all my books, I can literally see my own work grow and develop. The sketchbooks often turn into diaries of sorts. When you've drawn something, you remember everything about that moment — the time of day, the smell, how you felt, what happened around you. Drawing a city isn't just capturing it on paper, it's really about getting to know it, to feel it, to make it your own. I have lived in Stockholm for twelve years (grew up in northern Sweden), and I still love this city. I find most of my inspiration in the everyday life of it all — the people, the traffic, the sounds, the architecture, the creative mix of old and new. "
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.
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