"I’m a concept artist in the film industry, currently living in Marin, Calif., just across the bay from San Francisco.
I’m kind of a late-starter as an artist; finally becoming a full time artist at age 40. Part of my method of self-re-training has been obsessive daily sketching – either from the model, from imagination, or by placing myself in exotic locales. After a few years of inveterate sketching I think it’s become a lifestyle.
I have a short attention span, so sketching and designing has always been my ideal form of expression. For me, the artist’s gestural line carries a lot of feeling that can be lost in protracted work. I started keeping sketchbooks while traveling, as a way of recording my experiences in foreign cities, while simultaneously calming my fidgity attention. Sketching actually lets me slow down and pay attention to things. It’s probably gotten a bit out of hand — often, I won’t even stop drawing during a conversation with friends… oh well! What can you do?!
Fortunately, work has taken me to San Francisco — a beautiful city full of baroque architectural detail. Every day in this city is like a holiday — everything I love about travel and sketching is right here where I live!"
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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