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Welcome to Citizen Sketcher:

What I’m working on here is an open-ended journal of location sketching and travel drawing. I consider it a kind of citizen journalism or documentary – but from the point of view of an artist, rather than a film-maker or photographer.

I’m interested in the way a point in time can be re-created with just a few lines and a splash of color.

A sketch doesn’t have the capacity for faithful representation we expect from photography. It’s more like a visual short-hand. The artist’s experience of being in a place compressed into marks on paper.

It’s like poetry versus prose. Saying less, to say more.

It’s a passion of mine that I hope is interesting to watch evolve.

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Would you like to own an image from this blog?: We can make archival quality prints of (almost) any of the images on the site. If you see something you’d like on your walls, just contact us at: marc.taro(at)


Would you like us to come and teach a sketching workshop?  I travel to teach, and am always looking for new places to paint. Just drop us a line and we can see about setting one up in your area. If I can’t do it for whatever reason, I might be able to put you in touch with another Urban Sketcher. We have instructors many major cities around the world and I’m happy to make introductions. Drop me a note: marc.taro(at)


NOTE ON COPYRIGHT: All artwork on is copyright Marc Taro Holmes. All photography copyright Laurel Anne Holmes. Unless otherwise credited or linked. We are happy to offer usage rights for our work at very reasonable rates. Feel free to contact me at: marc.taro(at)


About Me:

I graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1995 and enjoyed a 15 year career art directing video games for studios including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Disney. I’ve been a correspondent and board member of since 2009. I’m now living and working in Montreal, doing freelance illustration and pursuing my personal painting.

I’m also the author of The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location, from North Light Books. Find out more on my Books page. I also have some online video classes at Find out more about those on the Videos page.





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