"For years, I wanted to devote full time to the graphic arts, but I did not dare. So I chose architecture as a profession, since it was so close to one of my deepest passions: drawing.
I discovered as a child — in Mexico where I was born — while copying all possible images from books, magazines, pictures, people and even TV, that a few simple lines or spots may communicate many aspects of daily life and my own being. At the National University of Mexico I was inspired to draw en plein air especially architecture and urban spaces. I clearly remember those hours walking and exploring sites that caught my attention intensely. Hours drawing in pencil and watercolor painting.
I currently teach architectural design, perspective, sketches and watercolors. The most rewarding thing for me is to have the opportunity to convey to others an enthusiasm for hand drawing and sketching outdoors. I can see progress in their own expression, which fills me with pride. And it is a personal way to continue learning and experimenting all the time.
I have collected artwork in each city where I lived, my memory on paper. I currently live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful city that deserves to be drawn. I am very excited to be joining USK and inspired by the work of all participants. Thank you very much."
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.
The Urban Sketchers logo was created by Italian graphic designer Franco Lancio.