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It’s good for you

February 9, 2010

Have you ever wondered what place in the world might be the most densely populated with talent? Well, I’m not saying this is the definitive answer, I’m just putting it out there: Urban Sketchers. (The drawing above is the Seattle Asian Art Museum, by urban sketcher Michael Webber)

According to themselves, they are 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. And they are massive – they’ve got an absolutely crazy amount of people contributing.

(Above is a roof top drawing by Luis Ruiz and a cafe scene page from Stuart Kerrs sketchbook)

I found so many interesting and beautiful sketchbook pages shared on the Urban Sketcher’s blog that I cried when I had to choose some, but one that I just couldn’t go past was Nina Johansson. Drawing and painting all the time when young but thinking that she couldn’t do anything useful with those skills she studied maths and natural science and language instead “like a good girl” (!). Eventually she surrendered to art school however, and now teaches art, design, film-making and photography. Oh, and draws – these drawings are from her sketchbooks. Check out more of her beautiful work on her blog whose header simply says “Because drawing is good for you”.

AND it’s good for the world, because didn’t you get inspired just then? Yeah, thought so.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. rakel permalink
    February 9, 2010 9:21 pm

    WOW! Do you think 10 minutes of drawing a day is enough?

  2. February 9, 2010 9:51 pm

    yeah…if you live to be 120 that should cut it i reckon

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