In a novel endeavour, Bhubaneswar Chapter of Urban
Sketchers embarked on a drive today to capture the urban characteristics of the
heritage landscape in Bhubaneswar, Odisha’s capital city.
The dedicated bunch of volunteers, comprising artists,
architects and students are part of a global community of sketchers, who would
get on to on-location drawing every Sunday morning.
The mission commenced today 17 April ’17 drawing
appreciation from heritage lovers.
The mission of Urban Sketchers is to raise the
artistic storytelling and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting
its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where
they live and travel.
During its first encounter with urban sketching, the
10-member group, consisting of three practicing architects, five students of
architecture, one professor of architecture from School of Architecture, KIIT
University and one student of Education participated and sketched
“The theme was to capture the urban life elements on
the backdrop of the ancient structures,’’ said Swayamprakash Mohanty, moderator
of the group in the city. The sketches, produced by the group, were later
displayed at Mukteswar Temple precinct for the ``show and tell session.’’
Talking about the bigger plan of the local group of
Urban Sketchers, another moderator Nutan Godse said ``the sketches, produced
after every Sunday will be preserved and on a special occasion they will be
displayed for public viewing either at a park or any public place in the city as
we want all must see our city in sketches.’’
“As we store photographs as a record or documents for
any occasion, the sketches by the Urban Sketcher group would be conserved and
preserved and later could be used to produce the documents on different monuments.
These sketches would work as wonderful memories of the monuments and they would
be much better than the photographs,’’ said Mohanty.
On the next week’s work of the Urban Sketchers, would
be sketching on the banks of Bindusagar. The group will consist of an
artists’group of 20 from KIIT School of Architecture. ``We will do sketches of
the Bindusagar water front from the Kedar Gouri Lane Square to Old Dharmashala.
The aim behind taking the Old Bhubaneswar area as the preliminary focus of the
event would be to start from the origin of the modern city from that area,’’
Currently, there are 23 members of the Urban Sketchers
Group in Bhubaneswar. After doing the sketches of the major Old
Bhubaneswar locations like Lingaraj, Rajarani, Ekamra Van, Dhauli, Chausathi
Yogini, Bhaskareswar, Yameswar, Bakreswar, Chitrakarini, Suka-Sari, Lingaraj
Police Station and the Crafts Street along the Samantarapur-Dhauli Road, the
sketchers would come to the central part of the planned city in Unit I and Unit
II area like the historic police station, Gol Market and other prominent old
The members of Urban Sketchers maintain a network of
blogs and online groups where the fellow members can share their drawings and
stories and interact with each other. They partner with organizations such as
schools, universities, museums, municipal corporations and trade associations
to create events that promote the art of on-location sketching.
They also offer businesses and corporate sponsorship
opportunities to reach out to a global audience of people interested in drawing
and sketching of the urban behaviour and changes.
In 2007, a global community of Urban Sketchers
began to form when Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario
created an online forum “for all sketchers out there who love to draw the
cities where they live and visit, from the window of their homes, from a cafe,
at a park, standing by a street corner... always on location, not from photos
or memory.”A year later, Campanario invited a group of sketchers to share their
drawings and storytelling in a blog, Urban Sketchers, where readers could “See
the World, One Drawing at a Time.”