"As an architect, I draw all the time, but these are mainly quick working sketches of my own designs and not what I see in front of me. The frustration of numerous abortive attempts to keep a sketchbook while travelling led me to make a commitment two years ago, to sketch regularly in order to get ‘in training’ for the next trip to Europe. But it has turned out that this almost-daily habit has become an end in itself! In addition to filling sketchbook after sketchbook with a visual record of my day to day life, I often go on Saturday excursions specifically to find a new area of Sydney to sketch — there are many amazing abandoned industrial areas and ruined defense forts built on the headlands of the harbour. Living in a such beautiful city with great weather all year round, I have no excuse for not getting out to sketch.
For me, sketching is the ultimate way of understanding and recording my experience of buildings — I feel that it gives me insights into the mind of the original architect. I have a particular interest in European architectural history and love drawing Renaissance or over-the-top Baroque architecture (such as the work of Francesco Borromini) and therefore my travels to date have focused on Italy — but there is still so much more to explore!"
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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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.
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