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December 8, 2012

Meet the correspondents: BOSTON, USA > Mike Daikubara



"I love sketching since it allows me to see and understand better and it’s the only time I get to experience the ‘Present’ as opposed to thinking about the past or worrying about the future. I feel like I’m fully grasping the ‘Now’ when I’m sketching.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, I was raised in New York City and moved to various states due to my work (California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and currently in Massachusetts). I first began sketching frequently in 2000 to be able to communicate faster and better in my Industrial Design day Job. Now 12 years later, I sketch purely for enjoyment but it’s actually close to an obsession!

Attending the 1st Urban Sketchers Symposium in Portland in 2010 was a true eye opener for me since it was the first time I met so many like-minded people with the same passions as me and I learned so much. I’m proud to be part of the Urban Sketchers community and it’s truly an honor to be selected as a correspondent.

I prefer to travel light and my entire daily sketching tool fits comfortably inside the mini Moleskine backpack shown in the photo. Fountain pen & watercolor is the medium I enjoy using the most.

I currently live in the greater Boston area with my wife and Bengal cat ‘Pen Pen’ (Her names comes from getting her in Pennsylvania, and for my love of pens!)"


-- Mike Daikubara is an Industrial Designer based in Boston, Massachusetts.

19 comments :

Luis Ruiz said...

Welcome, Mike!
I love that tug sketch... looking forward to more.

kumi matsukawa said...

ようこそ、Mike! It was nice meeting you in person at the first USK Symposium and it is great to see your works in this blog. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Boston!

Shari Blaukopf said...

Welcome Mike. Can't wait to see your work here!

Matthew Brehm said...

Welcome aboard, Mike! I really like what you said about how sketching is about the present - great observation!

petescully said...

Welcome to the blog Mike! Great to see you on here, your work is great.

kane said...

Welcome to the show.

Orling Dominguez said...

Welcome Mike!!!!! I still remember the sketch you made of your hotel room in Portland back in the first symposium, nice to see you here finally!!!! :-)

Isabel said...

Welcome Mike, remember your sketchbooks from Portland where we met and looking forward to see more of your work

gabi campanario said...

Welcome Mike, I'm a big fan of your work!

VHein said...

Welcome, Mike! I also love what you say here about "grasping the 'Now" when sketching...so true!

Nina Johansson said...

Welcome aboard, Mike, so nice to have you here! Hope to meet you in person at some future Symposium. : )

Behzad Bagheri said...

Welcome Mike! It's great to see your beautiful works!

James Richards said...

Welcome Mike! I'm a fan, and love my copy of SKETCH MIKE SKETCH! I look forward to meeting you in person.

INMA SERRANO said...

Welcome to the party Mike! Nice to meet you!

bh yoo said...

Welcome Mike! Hope to see your nice works often.

Ch'ng Kiah Kiean said...

Welcome Mike.

Boon Sim TIA said...

like, finally you are here Mike!!!! *wave*

Murray Dewhurst said...

Welcome Mike, great to see your sketches here!

miked said...

Wow, such a warm welcome from everyone! I'm quite excited.

Luis
Thanks for getting me set up and started.

Kumi
It was nice meeting you too and can't wait to share more!

Shari
Thanks! I can't wait to post too:)

Matthew
Thanks! I'm glad that you shared my thoughts on the 'present'. It's a great feeling.

Pete
Thanks! Such compliments and I'm flattered.

Tommy
Thanks!

Orling,
Thanks, I finally made it!
Glad I'm here though!

Isabel
Thanks! Can't wait to post more!

Gabi
Thanks! Coming from you, I'm totally flattered too.

VHein
Thanks! I knew people in this community would understand the 'Now' part. It's a great feeling

Nina
Thanks! I hope to meet you in person too.

Behzad
Thanks for the compliments!

James
Wow, thanks for getting a copy of the book. I look forward to meeting you too.

Imma
Thanks, what a great party!

bh yoo
Thanks! I'll be posting! :)

Ch'ng
Thanks!

Tia
Thanks! Yes I finally made it!!

Murray
Thanks!!