If you are wondering what urban sketching is? I will try to explain in the best possible way.

Urban sketching is a form of visual storytelling where an artist uses pen, pencil, or other drawing tools to depict scenes from everyday life in a city, urban environment or sometimes even in a natural or rural environment.

Me sketching in the back of my garden. Here I allow nature to have more freedom.

Urban sketches are typically drawn on-site, in the moment, and often capture the energy and character of a place. Urban sketching is a way for artists to document and interpret the world around them, and can be a fun and engaging way to explore a city and its inhabitants.

Sketching Verdens Ende in Norway in March 2019

While the term “urban sketching” typically refers to drawing or painting done in an urban environment, there is no reason why it couldn’t be done in a rural or natural setting. In fact, the principles of urban sketching, such as capturing the essence of a scene quickly and in a simple, spontaneous manner, can be applied to any location. So, if you are in a rural or natural setting and want to try your hand at sketching, go for it! Just remember to be respectful of the environment and any wildlife you may encounter.

Is sketching my food in a cafe also urban sketching?
Sketching your food in a cafe could be considered a type of urban sketching, depending on your approach. Urban sketching typically refers to capturing the essence of a scene or location. If you are sitting at a table in a cafe and sketching the food in front of you, you are likely capturing the essence of the cafe environment and the urban setting around it. However, if you are simply drawing your food as a still life without any reference to the cafe or the surrounding environment, it might not be considered urban sketching.

For artists, urban sketching provides an opportunity to practice their skills and capture the world around them in a unique and personal way. It also allows artists to experiment with different mediums, styles, and techniques, and to develop their own artistic voice.

Urban Sketchers groups can be found in over 370 cities and more than 60 countries

In addition to its artistic value, urban sketching can also provide a sense of connection and community. When artists come together to sketch on location, they have the opportunity to share their experiences, learn from each other, and build relationships. This can be especially valuable in a world that can often feel disconnected and impersonal.

Furthermore, urban sketching can also serve as a form of activism and social engagement. By drawing attention to the beauty and complexity of the urban environment, urban sketchers can help raise awareness of important issues and challenges, and encourage others to engage with and care for their communities.

Overall, urban sketching can be a valuable and enriching activity for individuals, communities, and society as a whole.