That summer morning when I saw a fuel tank through the thicket of trees

[by Shiho Nakaza in Los Angeles, California USA] That summer morning when I saw a fuel tank through the thicket of trees…there was a story waiting to be told, so I sketched the little girl when she walked by. This scene reminds me of something that can appear in Studio Ghibli animation…. I caught a […]

Los Angeles Urban Nature Fest

[by Shiho Nakaza in Los Angeles, California USA] I am honored to be invited by Los Angeles County Natural History Museum with a group of fellow sketchers to attend their L.A. Nature Fest event last weekend. I loved seeing many colors and shapes of plants in bloom at the Nature Garden, and it made me […]

Looking back at my sketches

by Shiho Nakaza, Los Angeles, California USA Here’s something to reflect upon as I close out the year…. I found an old sketchbook while cleaning out my place. It is Handbook panorama sketchbook with watercolor paper, and I had a few sketches in it and the rest was blank. Remembering that I didn’t like the […]

Watercolor Sketching in the Redpath Museum

By Marc Taro Holmes in Montreal, QC Yesterday was fourth Sunday sketching with our drawing group Urban Sketchers Montreal. With the fall chill in the air, we returned to the Redpath Museum. Blog readers will know, I love a chance to draw from taxidermy animals and mounted skeletons. So this was just a relaxing day […]

Sketching Aztec Archaeology with USK Montreal

By Marc Taro Holmes in Montreal, QC [A small ‘mask’ – part of a broken terracotta vessel. Depicts a man as a youth, aged, and in death]. The other day USK:MTL sketchers met up at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum for an exhibit on Aztec culture. What a fascinating show! It is closed now – we met […]

Dulwich Picture Gallery: an Oasis in the City

If you have never been, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is a fabulously green and calm space, tucked away in the midst of the busy, grubbiness of South London. We went on Friday, to see the Art and Life show, which was probably the most inspiring exhibition I have seen since the jaw-droppingly fantastic Hockney show […]

Sketchers Share a SketchCrawl with Authors!

I was invited to run a SketchCrawl in Manchester a couple of weeks ago, by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I had told them about Urban Sketching during a lecture at their conference a while back. We spent the day at Manchester’s science museum MOSI, which is a great place. You could […]

Sketching in the National Gallery

John and I had a little trip to London last week. We mostly spent the time in museums but we also had an afternoon in the National Gallery. Obviously the paintings were wonderful and inspiring, but the building itself is lovely, so I sat on the floor (resting my sore feet) and whipped out my […]

42nd World Wide SketchCrawl Day at Manchester University Museum

Unlike the lucky folks living in warm, sunny climes, SketchCrawl North decided it would be prudent to spend World Wide SketchCrawl Day indoors. We’ve done Sheffield’s museums to death, so we took the train to Manchester, to the natural history museum.  The museum is a real treasure and much bigger than I expected. It’s stuffed full with all sorts. […]

Geffrye Museum USk meet-up, London

Thanks to Nathan Brenville’s organisation effort,  today the London sketchers got together for some on-location drawing. Here is the group at the end of the crawl obligatory cup of tea at the Geffrye museum and my book spread of its exterior. Geffrye Museum, Kingsland road, London, watercolour in 19×19 cm Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook and […]