"I’m based in Kilkenny, Ireland, having relocated from the capital, Dublin, three years ago.
I started filling in sketchbooks in earnest again about eight years ago. Like many professionally employed in the creative industry, I draw every day as part of my work and found little inclination to sketch until I went on a lengthy sojourn to India.
With plenty of time on my hands and immersed in an amazing and unfamiliar environment, I found myself filling in a sketchbook a week. I’ve never looked back. One thing sketching teaches you is to look at the unremarkable and over-familiar anew. I’ve found a thousand inspirations right outside my door.
I don’t have any preferences as regards what to sketch – people, buildings, nature are all grist to my mill. I also relish the opportunity to use what I’ve to hand. Pencils, paints, coffee grinds, a screwdriver and tin of shoe polish – whatever – I’ll use it to make marks, to visually report.
For me sketching brings you closer to the source. You’re drawing out of time. Sketching unlike photography is a record of time passing, of what moves and is replaced, a montage of fleeting moments. Even where you’re drawing stationary objects you have a unique opportunity to choose what’s emphasized, what’s pushed to the background.
Photography shows us what we looked like, illustration shows us how we perceived ourselves."
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.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
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