I'm James (Jim) Richards, an urban designer and landscape architect from Fort Worth, Texas. I'm very excited to be giving a lecture at the symposium called "The Freehand Renaissance." Urban Sketchers are at the forefront of a pendulum swing from over-saturation with digital media to a newfound appreciation and demand for the immediacy and freshness of hand drawn imagery, and the creative freedom it affords. What's old is new again, and the implications for education and range of creative endeavors is truly exciting.
I'm VERY INTERESTED in your thoughts on this topic! Please come to the lecture, and share your observations and experiences. It should make for some interesting "happy hour" discussions at the local pubs as well!
I draw most days in my work, and I've been sketching on location for several years, mostly associated with travel. But I've been inspired by the wonderfully talented friends I've met through Urban Sketchers to sketch on location more often, in more places, and with more enthusiasm! I'll always be grateful for that. I look forward to meeting you all in Lisbon and sharing a great adventure!