Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. We aim to show the world, one drawing at a time.
This is the manifesto we follow:
—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.
From dynamic cities like London, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Singapore and Seoul, urban sketchers portray everyday life — from commuters on packed rush-hour subways to coffee drinkers at a sidewalk café. Our open sketchbooks show lively streetscapes, soaring architecture and intriguing faces, all quickly rendered by the sometimes furtive scratching of pen to paper.
"Drawing a city isn't just capturing it on paper, it's really about getting to know it, to feel it, to make it your own," says Nina Johansson, a correspondent in Stockholm.