Meet our Instructors: Andrew Banks

banks-headshot-for-web1Andrew Banks is an artist and freelance illustrator. Andrew works with watercolor, pen and ink and graphite and his subject of choice is architecture, architectural landscapes and city scapes.

Andrew has always enjoyed sketching, but it wasn’t until a 6 week study abroad trip to Europe in 2008 that solidified his passion for on location sketching. Visiting cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, Andrew was inspired by the ancient architecture, urban fabric and vibrant city life. For the duration of his trip, Andrew captured these experiences in sketchbooks, illustrating architecture and recording sights, sounds and smells of each new location.

Andrew started following the Urban Sketchers movement in 2008 and has been a member of USk Chicago since 2013. Andrew is a contributor to the USk Chicago Blog, one of the group’s administrators and an active contributor to the group’s social media accounts.

At the seminar this summer Andrew will be teaching Workshop 8: Perspective, Proportion, and Value for the Urban Sketcher.

Area of specialty

sketching architecture and architectural landscapes in pen and ink, graphite and watercolor.

andrew1LaSalle Spread WEBFlorence Cathedral WEBCarson Cottage, Lincoln Park WEBPikes Place WEB    Rome Spanish Steps WEB

Andrew is a Correspondent on the Usk Chicago blog and an admin on our Facebook group. His dedication and creative drive have been of great benefit to this group –we’re so glad he sticks around with us!

See more of Andrew’s work online:


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