Miguel brought the community movement of urban-sketching to Brno. Photo: Pocket media/Zuzana Vernerová
Brno is full of talented people, and some of them are not originally from the Czech Republic. We’ll introduce them one at a time. This month, meet Miguel from Portugal, who enjoys looking at everything he passes wherever he walks, and captures it through the brisk lines of his pencil or marker.
Miguel introduced the idea of urban sketching to Brno, and organised several meetings with both old and new sketching-enthusiasts. They walk around the city, pick a view and then sketch it, making a nice pastime into a community event. “I find inspiration in everyday things,” Miguel says. “I always look at everything in detail, from the people in the trams and in the pubs to the big buildings. The greatest thing in Brno, that brought back my passion for drawing, is the local architecture – functionalism. ‘Less is more’, as Mies said. I was always looking up, and down (to the BAM signs) and stopped to admire the details of the buildings.”