"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.