Urban Sketchers Houston at the Art Car Museum


Ink, 7.5″ x 9.5″.

This past Saturday I went to the Art Car Museum with Urban Sketchers Houston .  We had a special guest from Barcelona, the artist, illustrator and Urban Sketcher Lapin.  He was in town visiting family and hooked up with us to draw on WorldWideSketchCrawl Day.  I have admired Lapin’s work for several years.  In fact, it was through Lapin’s drawings that I first discovered Urban Sketchers!  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet him and go out sketching.  (Understatement!  Lapin is one of my art heroes and I was trying not to be all fanboy)

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Sketchers on the median

We arrived before the museum opened and started with drawing the facade.  Most of our group set up in the median.  We got some funny looks from passing drivers.  The sky looked like it wanted to rain on us but we lucked out.

The Art Car Museum is participating in the citywide FotoFest Biennial and has a photography exhibit on the walls, and they have 3 classic automobiles on display and 2 art cars.  I drew “Phantoms” by W.T. Burge.  I have forgotten what the chassis underneath is but the body is inspired by old cathedral gargoyles.  I overheard the docent telling someone that the owner has been pulled over a few times by police, only to have the officer take a selfie with the car.


Ink, 7.5″ x 9.5″

Being able to peek over Lapin’s shoulder while he sketched was awesome.  He sits very close to the car he is drawing and has this way of doing an extreme curvilinear perspective.  I need to try it.  It would have made the whole car fit on my page!


Ink, 7.5″ x 7.5″


Sketchbook throw-down!

We sketched at the Art Car Museum for a couple of hours and then went around the corner to have lunch at Star Pizza.  I love having lunch with the Urban Sketchers.  We pass around sketchbooks and pens and talk about art tools and techniques.  It is fascinating and inspiring to see how other artists approach the same subject.

And to top it all off, Lapin sketched us all around the table at lunch.  Here’s the link to Lapin’s instagram of the drawing.

  1. This is wonderful, looks like so much fun. I have been sketching from the road for ever, never knew it was called urban sketching. Learn something new everyday.
    Here’s some of my work at http://www.michaelbencik.com

    • Thanks, Michael! Urban Sketchers groups are a lot of fun, and they are all over the world. Many sketchers will contact a group in a place they are traveling to and join them if they have a sketch-outing during the trip. On http://www.urbansketchers.org I see there are three chapters in Ireland: Dublin, Galway, and Mid Ulster. I’m enjoying your blog, by the way. Thanks for the link.

      • Thanks so much for the information. I have been in Ireland for last nine months and never heard of them, so I’m excited to connect. I am used to sketching on my own.
        Thanks for checking mine out.

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