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Julie Bolus

Reportage artist

Julie is an Urban Sketcher who enjoys recording the world around her with her unmistakable style of drawing and painting. She always gives a great deal of time to Festival events, offering free workshops.

What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?

I really enjoy working out on location recording the world around me, feeling the atmosphere of the place I am sketching.

What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?

Being involved with the Urban Sketching community for the past eight years has changed my life, meeting like-minded people from all over the world, sharing new experience both online and by joining monthly Urban Sketch Crawls around the country and abroad. It’s a great way to see the world. The community of Urban Sketchers is so huge now that many cities have an Urban Sketching group that meet regularly and it’s free.

What has been your greatest making achievement?

My greatest making achievement is having some of my sketches printed in some of the Urban Sketchers’ handbooks (Sketch your World by James Hobbs and Sketching People by Lynne Chapman).

What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?

My favourite piece of equipment is my bent nib fountain pen which goes everywhere with me. The bent nib allows me to make different weights of line, which is handy when you are working quickly on the spot and don’t have time to change pens.

What is your favourite making website or blog and why?

My favourite website is obviously the Urban Sketchers. There is always a new story to read alongside sketches from people across the globe and from all walks of life. It’s is full of tips and exciting opportunities to take part in.

Why do you like being part of the Festival?

People rely a lot on social media now and it’s a great way of getting young people to be creative and hands on approach to making. It’s not so much about the outcome more about the involvement and experience.

What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?

My advice to a beginner is that sketching is a journey of discovery. Enjoy and share your own unique perception of what the world around you no matter what your ability is.