Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

"Since I was a child, I have always loved drawing. As an architect, I was trained to sketch on site in my first year of my studies. I have always considered sketching a wonderful tool in my job to understand things, more in the field of spatial relations than in their material aspect. On the other hand, I have always brought a sketchbook with me in my travels as a much more effective way of keeping a memory than a photograph. But lately my travel sketches tended to be too few and too quick. I have recently found Urban Sketchers, and then discovered the immense joy of sketching outside with no particular task. Reading Usk’s manifesto, I feel especially sensitive with the point of keeping a record of time and place, and I’m changing from sketching just architecture to understand the city as a big scenario for human activity. I live in Málaga, a city in the south of Spain with more than half a million residents and 2,500 years of age; but also the center of a busy and lively metropolitan area, home of an active harbour and a big tourist destination. Now that I have two small children and I do not travel as much as before, I’m trying to show this mixture of old and new in my drawings. It is so rewarding to share my work with so many excellent artists and receive continuous feedback from other members! And, last but not least, to learn from other parts of the world. I'm delighted to join Urban Sketchers." • Luis' art on flickr.

Photos from the 1st "Let's Draw London" Sketchcrawl

Today we've got photographs taken during the course of yesterday's "Let's Draw London" Sketchcrawl of Fleet Street and Temple.

Around about 40 people assembled at Temple Station at 10:30am - although we think around about 50 participated during the course of the day.   

Urban Sketchers London joined forces with the Draw London on Location group which sketch London on a regular basis.  We'll be looking at swopping details about events in the future.  If you'd like to know more about Urban Sketchers events we suggest you subscribe to this blog.

Pete Scully organised the sketchcrawl and had leaflets for everybody which included maps of the area, places to sketch and watering holes.

Pete Scully introduces the Sketchcrawl
Urban Sketchers outside Template station listening to Pete Scully
People had a wide choice of places to sketch

Map of Fleet Street and Temple 
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and lots of architecture to draw...

Royal Courts of Justice (on the left) and Fleet Street
Some enjoyed the hot sun down by the river

In the sun and by the river
While others sat in the shade

How long is a bridge in pencils?
Some chose to sit inside the cafe with the excellent view of the Royal courts and enjoy a flat surface, chair and beverages of choice

Sketching with comforts - shade on a blistering hot day, cup of tea, flat surface, good view!
While others sat outside and sketched the same view

A seriously big watercolour sketch!

We met up at lunchtime at the Temple Church.  This is despite the fact that quite a few of us wandered around Temple trying to find a way in!  (It's private property and most of the doors are locked at weekends).  It's amazing just how many people did turn up!

Somebody obviously knew we were coming and provided some nice tables in the cloister for the display of sketchbooks

Looking at the morning sketches
Morning Sketches
Two of our new friends and their sketches
Then more sketching in the afternoon - of Temple Church and other parts of Fleet Street

Mark and Tom sketching Temple Church
At the end of the day there were still a lot of people around - and a lot of sketchbooks.

This is the scene in Gough Square where we gathered at 4:00pm and layed out our sketches and sketchbooks around the statue of Dr Johnson's cat Hodge (Dr Johnson's house can be seen in the background)

The end of the day - viewing the sketchbooks around the statue of Dr Johnson's cat Hodge

Sketchbooks around Hodge the Cat
Sketches in the sun
James Oses - and his pen and ink drawings of old newspaper buildings
Correspondents will be posting their sketches to this blog over the course of the next week.

Post your sketches to the new Flickr Group

If you joined the sketchcrawl yesterday and would like to display your sketches, you can now post then to our new Flickr Group - Urban Sketchers London - Group Pool.
  • If you'd like to join and want an invite please let us know.  
  • You'll need a Flickr account to be able to post images to the pool.
Recruiting correspondents for the blog

Katherine explained how we're looking to increase the number of correspondents - slowly.  We'll highlight the details in a future blog post.  For now if you didn't get one of the sheets we handed out
    • email us and we'll send you one.
    • and/or eview the "Meet the Correspondents" Page which provides more details about what to do



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