[By Pete Scully in Davis, California]
I walked around downtown in Davis today looking for a car to sketch in tribute to Florian Afflerbach - Flaf - who passed away recently, far too young, far too soon. I could have drawn any of the scores of beige Toyotas or silver Hondas parked along the street, but I saw this red BMW parked along 2nd Street, and immediately I thought of the BMWs Florian had drawn. I sketched in pencil and watercolour, with Florian in mind. I felt pretty sad though, remembering Florian; I think it's hard to sketch cars and not think about him. That's a feeling that will be shared by many at this year's Urban Sketching Symposium in Manchester.