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"I am from urban north London, but now live in urbane Davis California.I sketch, I write, sometimes do things and go places and my name is Pete.I have met and sketched with many wonderful people around the globe, either at symposiums or during other travel, because the USk network brought us together.I sketch almost weekly with my local group, sharing sketches, art supplies and friendship."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.Urban sketching is a string band performing at a local farmers’ market – or perhaps in Villefranche-sur-Mer.Celebrating the mundane as well as the famous is what urban sketching is all about.
You need to be fast, because, as I said, everything is very dynamic. Sometimes, I look around, and I find some usual items like sugar bags or napkins. Sometimes I draw directly on placemats."• Marina's art on Flickr.• Marina's website.
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.
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.
I don't feel comfortable when I leave home without a sketchbook and some pens in my bag.