Part 8 of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto, to “show the world, one drawing at a time,” has a flip side: Sketching enables me to see my own world, one drawing at a time.
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.I wanted to learn to see, and therefore experience, those locations (and any new ones that I travel to) more completely.Of course, we have seashores, which calm us a little bit.I love to sit in a corner of some Tel-Aviv coffee shop and explore relationships: between people, their environment, between myself.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.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.All this unique local mix of cultures, languages and styles is always a great source for inspiration.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.