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May 27, 2009

Meet the correspondents: MOSCOW, ID (USA) > Matthew Brehm

Piazza Navona - Roma, ItaliaRenfrew Hall - Moscow, ID
Left: Piazza Navona, Roma. Right: Renfrew Hall, University of Idaho campus.

"I began sketching as part of my undergraduate architecture education at the University of Notre Dame. My sketching abilities really began to take shape when I spent a school year in Rome, in 1986-87. For several years after graduation, while I worked in architecture firms, I actually sketched very little. But once I began teaching architecture I rekindled my interest in the practice. Now it’s an important aspect of what I do for a living. Architecture students do rely heavily on computers these days, but there is still strong interest in sketching by hand for the unique value it brings to the design process. In 2007 I created a new program for our students – each summer we spend two months studying in Rome. One of the courses I teach is focused exclusively on sketching, so we spend a few mornings each week exploring and sketching the streets and piazze throughout the city.

The subject matter of my sketches is mainly focused on architecture and urban space. Spatial interest and natural light are probably the most important characteristics I consider when searching for a subject. I certainly have my preferences in terms of media, but I try not to get too fixated on a single approach. I enjoy graphite, charcoal, ink, and watercolor, along with a variety of papers and sketchbook types. One of the reasons I try to mix it up is to help my students with their media choices.

I’m relatively new to the community of online sketchers. Until several months ago, I was simply unaware of the amazing array of sketch artists all over the world who were sharing their work via the internet. The people and the work I’m still discovering have been very inspiring, and I’m thrilled to contribute to Urban Sketchers."

• Matthew's blog.
• Matthew's art on Flickr.

13 comments :

Paul Heaston said...

Welcome aboard! It's nice to see someone else from a smaller western USA community doing urban sketching. Great sketches!

Asnee said...

Welcome Matthew, great sketches and color.
I am glad to know that there's still interest in sketches by architectural study circle. It was sad that sketching seems to be very much forgotten in today's Bangkok.
Welcome on board:-)

bh yoo said...

Welcome! Your great drawings will inspire us. Looking forward to seeing your posting more.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for joining Urban Sketchers and sharing your work. I'm looking forward to seeing what you see and draw this summer in Italy. Powerful line work.
Frank

Isabel said...

welcome already familiar with your work its nice to have you here at urban sketchers, look forward to your posts

lapin said...

great idea to bring students in Roma - this city get something really unic!
see you soon in barcelona… and welcome!

matthew_c said...

Welcome.
Looking forward to your vision.

TIA said...

Welcome to USK, lover your sketches on Flickr.

gabi campanario said...

benvenuto Matt! looking forward to your sketches from Rome and Idaho

HeartFire said...

wow! love that first sketch with the color..

jizogarden said...

Like your work very much....

Amy Larsen said...

Love your work! I'm curious about the water container you're using. Is it somehow attached to the watercolor block? I've never seen a palette cup that will attach to a watercolor block (without separating the sheets). Did you modify it?
Thanks!

Matthew Brehm said...

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome! I look forward to contributing to the blog, and hope to have my first post up very soon.

Amy - it's a little brass, clip-on reservoir that I found at Ditta Poggi in Rome for just a few euro. I love it - just the right size, clips on to just about any sketchbook or block, and it has a screw-on lid with a rubber gasket that prevents any leaking. I've seen similar reservoirs in the states, but they all seem to be made of plastic. I imagine they work just as well, but the brass is kind of a nice touch without being much more expensive.