Left: North Falmouth, Massachussets. Right: LaQuercia, Italy.
"Born and raised in Rhode Island, I now live just north of Boston in the leafy suburban town of Winchester, Massachusetts, with my wife and two boys. I'm an illustrator, an artist and a professor at both Montserrat College of Art (in Beverly, Massachusetts) and Rhode Island School of Design, my alma mater.
For as long as I can remember, I've been creating pictures. Sketching onsite, however, is relatively new to me. As an illustrator, I've spent the better part of my professional life creating imagery to communicate, entertain and inform, the primary focus being on imagination and message. Later in life, I became interested in painting from observation, and started creating still lifes. What a luxury it was to consider and reconsider my every work from every angle, without the tight deadlines of the illustration world.
And later, still, came my interest in creating work about my life, and my foray into the sketching world. Sketching more directly addresses my surroundings and my life, and I've found that there is nothing quite like the challenge of capturing a witnessed scene and an experience, with limited time and materials. Each July, I sketch with my travel class in Viterbo, a small city in central Italy, and for the rest of the year, I can be found in and around Boston, and often on the sidelines of a soccer field, hunched over a Moleskine as my children play."
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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