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September 18, 2012

Meet the correspondents: FORT WORTH, USA > James Richards




"Hello all, I'm Jim Richards. I'm based in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in and around New Orleans.  It’s hard to express how excited and honored I am to join the roll of Urban Sketchers correspondents.

It seems most of my life revolves around drawing.  At my urban design firm Townscape, we create plans and designs for “people places” such as town centers, urban villages, public spaces and the like.  Freehand sketching is how I explore and share those visions. I’ve recently joined the faculty of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington as a full-time professor, where I teach design and freehand drawing to graduate students of landscape architecture.  Location sketching permeates all these creative efforts.  For designers, seeing, drawing and understanding what is becomes a springboard for envisioning and drawing what can be.

I’ve traveled and sketched in 36 countries so far.  My sketchbook is my passport to new places and situations, and helps me meet new friends along the way. I promote freehand sketching through magazine articles, lectures and hands-on workshops at universities across the U.S. and abroad. My first book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers, features contributions from several USK correspondents and kindred spirits, and is due from John Wiley and Sons in February 2013.

I became a member of Urban Sketchers back in 2010, and was a lecturer at the 2nd International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Lisbon.  The Lisbon experience inspired me to enlist some regional talent to start Urban Sketchers Texas.  I’m proud that we had 5 Texas sketchers at the Symposium in Santo Domingo!  

My wife Patti and I traveled to Louisiana for the LSU vs. Washington football game last weekend; the sketch here is a glimpse of the wild pre-game tailgating scene on the LSU Parade Grounds.  Students were fascinated, watching over my shoulder and offering me beers.  Who knows; maybe I’ll see more sketchbooks at the next game."



44 comments :

Luis Ruiz said...

Welcome, Jim! What a pleasure to have you on board!

Veronica Lawlor said...

Welcome Jim! I'm looking forward to seeing and reading your posts.

Liz Steel said...

Yay Jim!!! (do I need to say more!?!)
well, I will, great to have you onboard!!!!!! Love your work.

James Richards said...

Thank you Luis, Ronnie and Liz! I'm truly thrilled to be a part of this forum and its larger mission with you.

Firefly Workshop said...

Big welcome professor!!!

Miguel Herranz said...

Welcome, Jim, great to have you here!

Flaf said...

a warm welcome, jim! i didn't know that you were NOT in, actually ;)

Behzad Bagheri said...

Welcome Jim! Really nice to see your inspiring works here,Although I also didn't know that you were not in!

TIA said...

Long overdue.... great to see you here finally!

kane said...

Welcome to the show.

Matthew Brehm said...

woot! welcome aboard, buddy!

Lynne the Pencil said...

Yeh! Welcome to the gang Jim. x

INMA SERRANO said...

Happy, happy happy!

omar said...

Welcome Jim!

Shari Blaukopf said...

Jim, I am so happy to see you here!

lapin said...

welcome on board jim! you deserve it.

Tim Oliver,ASLA said...

Congratulations Jim! ....and great sketch!

James Richards said...

Thank you Paul!

James Richards said...

Thank you Miguel! Hope to draw with you next year.

James Richards said...

Thanks Florian; I missed seeing you in Santo Domingo.

James Richards said...

The thank you Behzad; I'm very happy to be here.

James Richards said...

Thank you Tia; hope to see you next year.

James Richards said...

Thank you Tommy; much appreciated!

James Richards said...

Thanks brother!

James Richards said...

Thank you Lynne; the sisterhood grows ever stronger!

James Richards said...

Thank you dear Inma; I'm happy to join you.

James Richards said...

Thank you Omar; our group of landscape architects grows!

James Richards said...

So happy to join you, Shari...hope to sketch together soon!

James Richards said...

Thank you Lapin; it's an honor to work beside you.

James Richards said...

Thank you Tim, and thanks for your friendship an encouragement!

marctaro said...

Huzza! welcome James!

kumi matsukawa said...

Welcome aboard, James! Looking forward to seeing your post from Texas and the world you travel.

ah huat said...

hi jim, warm welcome from beijing china. 欢迎

Murray Dewhurst said...

Nice one James!

James Richards said...

Thanks Marc; time for some tea, milk and honey to celebrate!

James Richards said...

Thank you Kumi!

James Richards said...

Thanks so much; I visited Beijing in 2006 and hope to return one day!

Bajzek said...

Welcome man!! Glad to see you here!

AnAis said...

Congratulations James!! It'll be a pleasure to enjoy your posts :D

petescully said...

Welcome James! Looking forward to reading your posts!

James Hobbs said...

Glad you're here, Jim.

matthew_c said...

Welcome James, looking forward to seeing your work here!

VHein said...

I've long enjoyed your work and so happy to see you here!

Jennifer Lawson said...

Congrats, Jim. You're work is great!