6 de dic. de 2014



Seattle, WA, 06 December 2014 – Urban Sketchers.org, a non-profit organization, is celebrating its fifth anniversary since incorporating on December 6, 2009. Its mission is to promote on-location sketching and to connect people around the world who enjoy urban sketching. Wildly successful, the international community of urban sketchers is estimated at 50,000+ and almost 14 million page views on the Urban Sketchers (USk) blog.

Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario launched the group in 2007 by creating an online community of urban sketches on Flickr.com. Sketchers scan their drawings and share them on the group’s Flickr siteFacebook page or blog. The idea went viral. So far communities of sketchers have formed 60 regional chapters in 29 countries.

"Urban Sketchers is growing because sketchers are finding each other where they live and travel.” says Membership Director, Jessie Chapman. “Members are building relationships and communities with people who share the same interests, both online and at our events."  

USk raises the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing with workshops and events held all around the world. USk has organized five international symposiums in Portland, USA; Lisbon, Portugal; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Barcelona, Spain and Paraty, Brazil.

The 2015 Symposium will be held in Singapore July 22-25. Organizers expect 250+ attendees from around the world.

“Artists of all ages and skill levels have stories to tell,” says founder Gabi Campanario. “Urban Sketchers is a free group that provides a platform for them to renew their love of drawing and to learn more about storytelling.”

To find out more about Urban Sketchers or to locate a regional chapter near you, visit urbansketchers.org.

USk is a 501(c)(3)  non-profit organization. Donations are used to foster educational opportunities for sketching enthusiasts with workshops, events and symposiums. Donations made in the United States may be tax deductible.

Press Contact:
Brenda Murray
Communications Director
Urban Sketchers

10 de nov. de 2014

Sketchmorning in Escazu

Out on Friday to sketch in the town of Escazu, which still has a lot of old adobe houses.

 This is a little restaurant (soda) decorated with onions. This place is so inviting and the food is quite good, too.

1 de nov. de 2014

Is it already time?

Christmas decoration in town. 

I decided to try to pay more attention to light and dark values and therefore to leave the colors in the bag. An exercise in abstraction!


23 de set. de 2014

Dental office in corner house of Boulevard Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica

Another sketch done from the passenger seat of a car. In some areas, it seems safer to be somewhere inside, than sitting on the sidewalk. We blocked the right lane for about half an hour, before my sketch buddy, Izzy, also the driver of the car, decided it was time to leave the scene and make room for driving cars. Colors were added later at Starbucks.

9 de ago. de 2014

More sketch adventures from San Jose

 More recent sketch adventures:

This is snack bar "Roble Sabana" in Pozos, drawn from one of the tables located between th.e street and the parking lot. Lots of interesting people to sketch: in this case a workman with "sabanero" (cowboy) hat and an old man with a cap saying "oficial", which means he's probably helping with security and parking cars. While we are here he is helping putting plates away and having a snack himself.

The National Stadium was drawn yesterday, inspired by the weekly themes: monsters.
This one looks quite capable of biting, even though not so much from this perspective. Turn 90 degrees and you can picture a giant accidentally putting his foot into the structure and the thing closing up like a big clam.

Driving around  Escazu recently we saw this corner house with a motor cycle repair shop. Great signs outside the building and many colorful motorcycles made us stop and draw. Challenge here: quickly changing foreground...

18 de jul. de 2014

Sanatorio Durán, antiguo y abandonado hospital usado en los años 60 en Cartago (Costa Rica), el lugar tiene una aura tenebrosa, murió mucha gente en esa época.