USk Manifesto

  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. This is the heart of our practice. We stand in the heart of the city, not behind a camera lens, and let the world around us inspire our lines.
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live, and where we travel. We capture not just buildings and landmarks, but the fleeting moments, the everyday lives, and the human connections that weave the fabric of our cities.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place. Our sketches become snapshots of a city in constant flux, capturing the essence of a moment that can never be replicated.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness. We strive to represent the world around us honestly, with all its imperfections and unexpected beauty.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles. There is no one right way to urban sketch. We embrace the diversity of techniques and perspectives that make our community so vibrant.
  6. We support each other and draw together. This is not a solitary pursuit. We learn from each other, share inspiration, and encourage one another to keep sketching.
  7. We share our drawings online. We believe that the art of urban sketching should be accessible to everyone. By sharing our work, we hope to inspire others to see the world with new eyes.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time. Through our sketches, we offer a unique perspective on the cities we love, connecting people across cultures and borders.

This manifesto is more than just a set of rules, it’s a declaration of our values and the spirit that unites us as urban sketchers. It’s a reminder that the world is our canvas, and every line we draw is a celebration of the beauty and magic that surrounds us.

So grab your sketchbook, step out into the city, and let the lines flow. Together, we can show the world, one drawing at a time.