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This is a podcast about drawing on location, with host Nishant Jain. Nishant speaks with other artists and urban-sketchers about the things that motivate them to draw their world, and the different ways that it enhances their lives.

Mar 12, 2021

I speak with industrial designer Mike Daikubara about how the principles of design intersect with his passion for urban-sketching. In design it is said, form follows function. But how does that translate to art? We discuss this interplay in both directions. How does Mike’s education affect his urban-sketching? How does a regular sketching practice inform his work as an industrial designer?

The author Joan Didion said about writing - “I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking.” Consider that if writing is the way to find out what you think, perhaps drawing is the way to learn what you find beautiful. Mike employs a philosophy of “Sketch Now, Think Later”, to derive more joy from everyday life experiences, to learn what he finds beautiful, and to better communicate his ideas. It is also the title of his fantastic book on urban sketching for beginners.

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