"I was born in 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil, and I still live in this city.
My passion for drawing led me to the architecture college and later to the architectural illustration field during my professional life.
For a few years I tried to establish myself as an architect, but I realized that working on construction sites wasn't easy for me because of the huge stress related to this activity.
In 2003, I chose working only with illustration, and since then I have been producing hundreds of artworks for construction companies, real state offices and architecture firms.
One great Australian illustrator, named John Haycraft, encouraged me to practice drawing on location, and in 2008 I bought my first sketchbook, which was soon inaugurated in a trip to Italy and Switzerland. Drawing in the streets in the middle of people, feeling and absorbing each particularity of the cities was a fascinating discovery.
The sketchbook was a good way for me to control my tendency to detail and overworking.
To accomplish that I created myself a rule: no later additions on the sketches. Well, I've broken this rule once or twice but I'm still focusing on that. When I'm traveling with my wife I don't have so much time to spend on each drawing, what requires faster sketches as well. However, my wife has just started her own sketchbook and she is very, very patient now!
Being an architect, I tend to make line drawings. Sometimes I use watercolor but I always bring with me a small set of markers, which is easier to deal with. I've been trying to focus not only on buildings and to apply different techniques. In this sense, this community is a great opportunity for me to learn more about different styles and ways to see the world.
The sketchbook also represents a new phase in my life: the searching for improvement and also a new course of my career."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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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