I have met and sketched with many wonderful people around the globe, either at symposiums or during other travel, because the USk network brought us together.
Part 8 of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto, to “show the world, one drawing at a time,” has a flip side: Sketching enables me to see my own world, one drawing at a time.
In the last four years, it is not an exaggeration to say that Urban Sketchers has changed my life.
Urban sketching is a tree with its middle chopped away to accommodate Seattle’s ubiquitous power lines.
It’s about a couple of women chatting over coffee, or about workers roofing the house next door.
All this unique local mix of cultures, languages and styles is always a great source for inspiration.
You need to be fast, because, as I said, everything is very dynamic. Sometimes, I look around, and I find some usual items like sugar bags or napkins. Sometimes I draw directly on placemats."• Marina's art on Flickr.• Marina's website.For most of my life I had both the fear of drawing as well as the desire to draw.In 2011, inspired by Gabi Campanario’s Seattle Sketcher column, I finally decided to overcome the fear.I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions.When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches.Sketching one of the world’s most famous icons felt like a dream come true – the ultimate in urban sketching.