Isabel is Spanish but studied architecture in the UK where she practices as an architect and artist. Her passion is watercolour –easy to carry around and sketch on the go – although she likes experimenting with drawing and mixing media to get interesting effects. She started sketching in 1993 as part of her architecture training and has continued to this day.
Isabel joined USK Spain in 2011 and USK London in 2014 where she runs their Facebook group and organises some of their monthly meetups.
Since 2014, Isabel is one of the co-organisers of the Pushing Your Sketching Boundaries, urban sketching workshops that have run successfully in various UK and Spanish locations.
As an artist, she takes part in the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios every May and is vice chair of their committee. Isabel also joined the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative in 2013.
In 2015 she published a book of watercolours of the Brighton West Pier and other Brighton sketches showing the changes occurring between 1995 and 2008.
Len has been a Manchester photographer for over 25 years and has documented much of the city’s renewal and published more than 20 books. His projects have included books and/or exhibitions on the construction of major iconic arts venues in the city. . He has documented the rebuilding of the city centre following the terrorist bomb of 1996 and recorded significant neighbourhood renewal programmes.
Len’s emphasis, whether with books, blogs or exhibitions, is always on the storytelling. He often uses images and words to convey challenging topics (teen pregnancy, undocumented migrants, those in poverty) and is transferring this experience to my urban sketching.
Last year he was featured in Simone Ridyard’s Archisketcher book and is a regular at USK Manchester events.