Sketching one of the world’s most famous icons felt like a dream come true – the ultimate in urban sketching.
But although I can’t resist sketching world-famous icons whenever I’m fortunate enough to see them, for me, urban sketching is much more than that.
I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree.
Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook.
His drawings of Seattle – my birthplace and lifelong home – were of sights that I had seen many times, yet had never truly seen.
Travel inspires my art, but, traveling or not, I try to view the world around me as a traveller would; so whether I’m capturing a moment of calm on the banks of the Ganges in India, or sketching over coffee at my local coffee shop, I aim to look deeply, and with wonder, at both the everyday and the exotic, the old and the new. My sketch kit consists of Extra Fine Sharpies (the fact that they bleed into the paper as soon as they touch it works really well for me—it forces me to work super-quick), a small set of Prismacolor pencils and a little watercolor travel set".• Blog• Flickr "I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture.When not Davis, I sketch Sacramento, San Francisco, London, or anywhere else I happen to be.I tend to erase people and cars from my cities, but I'm starting to get over this.It’s about an excavator filling a hole where a cherry tree once stood.Or the Tibetan monastery I drive by frequently that I couldn’t resist because it’s bright orange.Even when I stay home and enjoy sketches online, I am still a part of that rich network, learning with every sketch about other people’s lives.In May, my husband Greg and I went to France for the first time, and I sketched the Eiffel Tower."The dictionary says that a hobby is “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation.” Although urban sketching certainly provides both pleasure and relaxation, I don’t think of it as my hobby.I think of it more as a way of life – something that has become such a normal part of my everydayness that it shapes how I view the world.Davis: calm, old-fashioned, progressive, quirky, very very hot in the summer.I use micron and copic pens, with watercolour."• Pete's blog.• Pete's art on Flickr.