USk founder Gabi Campanario has just posted his final draft manifesto for Urban Sketchers on the blog. His intention is to have a clear statement of purpose of what the main Urban Sketchers blog and the new USk city blogs and the the Flickr group should be about.
I've reproduced it below.
Urban Sketchers ManifestoI like it.
- We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
- Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
- Our drawings are a record of time and place.
- We are truthful to the scenes we witness. We don't exaggerate reality or caricaturize people.
- We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
- We support each other and draw together.
- We share our drawings online.
- We show the world, one drawing at a time.
It seems to me to capture the essence of people who sketch their surroundings:
- that we do it real time (and not from photos),
- that we make a record (rather than create a product),
- that we are all individual with own unqiue perspective and styles (and we don't copy other people) and
- that we use whatever media works for us (no need to do the same thing as somebody else)
- that we share our sketches online!
It's certainly a lesson I learned and have tried to put to good use when creating Sketchercise. In Sketchercise, we've decided that want to start small and only grow slowly. We need enough people to make it work - but the idea was to have a real community group for people who want to exercise and sketch. To my mind fast growth can cause all sorts of issues and problems and slower and more organic growth can work much better in maintaining community participation the long run.
After all - small is beautiful - and I think quite a lot of us would like to be a little bit smaller!
PS Spot a certain well known sketcher from Hertfordshire in the little picture!