When I embarked on my art adventure in January 2014, I never imagined that I’d discover and settle into a “global movement” – Urban Sketching. Yet, here I am, an urban sketcher with dozens of passionate like-minded friends from around the globe. They are my new “tribe” of insatiable sketch addicts, unapologetic art supply junkies, and just plain ordinary extraodinary people with open minds and big hearts.
If you are curious, urban sketching is a global movement spread through the Urban Sketching website. It is best described by their statement “see the world, one drawing at a time” and their manifesto:
- We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
- Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
- Our drawings are a record of time and place.
- We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
- We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
- We support each other and draw together.
- We share our drawings online.
- We show the world, one drawing at a time.
Some of my urban sketches
Like many others, I hesitated to own the title – you know how it is with these things – but no more. I am ready and proud to embrace it.
I may not always stick slavishly to the fine points of the Urban Sketchers’ manifesto. Nevertheless, I sketch the “stuff” (things, people, places, events) of my life in particular and the broader landscape of life in general.
My name is Cheryl and I am an Urban Sketcher.
There, I’ve said it and it feels oh so good.