What is Urban Sketching? In short, it is the practice of drawing things, objects or subjects around you through direct observation, wich means drawing in-situ or on-location if you are drawing a scene, on the sketchbook. Urbanketchers, a word coined by Gabriel Campanario, the founder of Urbansketchers.org and the practice of urban sketching to become a worldwide movement.
Sketches done on Sketchbooks
Sketches with People and Human Figures as Subject Focus
Drawing people in action and repose is the most fun but challenging practice. I would often find myself in coffeeshops, kopitiams, restaurants and different locations to observe people and draw them. But it is more than just sketching people. My sketch will tell the story of where they are and what they are doing. Sketching them in context is as important.
Sketches done while on a sketching tour in Porto, Portugal
Virtual Sketching & Painting
Sketches and drawings done with image references (photographs, Google Street View, Google Map or a combination of these). The practice has become popular in recent years when COVID19 happened as more were staying home due to safe measures. For me drawing from images is equally important as drawing from direct observation. It is not simply copying from the references but an opportunity to experiment with different drawing approaches, tools and materials. There is no one single or right way to draw!
Sketches drawn from image references
My Sketching Tools
The latest sketchbook completed recently in the month of May 2021. Took half a year for this sketchbook to be done with the reason being I was using different sketchbooks at the same time and I have also been sketching and painting on loose sheets of paper for different experimentation. I took this book for … More
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Sketching and Drawing while Visiting Places Virtually – great way to get away in times of a lockdown
The virtual sketching community has grown a lot bigger just this year and the last because of the pandemic lockdown. Many sketchers around the world have been relying on Google Streetview to sketch different part of their own hometown or some part in some remote area. I have been doing this even before the pandemic … More