We’re proud to announce our new series of interviews with inspiring ArchiSketchers from around the world. For our second edition, we’ve invited Judy from @judy_sketchbook who has been championing drawing in her native country Lebanon.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Judy Abi Roustom , I am Lebanese and currently a post-graduate student doing my Masters in Architecture.
You have been very active in promoting sketching within your community. What sort of activities do you normally enter or run?
Aside from regularly sketching and sharing my sketches, I prepare and run sketching workshops for students. Also we have just started the Urban Sketchers Lebanon initiative, we’re organizing events on a monthly basis to promote sketching our cities.
How well received has the UsK Lebanon initiative been so far? are there any big goals ahead?
The Usk Lebanon initiative has been very well received so far, we are starting to build a community of sketch artists and enthusiasts and getting more and more participants in our events. There are big goals ahead, our regular sketch gatherings for the time being are just part of the overall scheme, future workshops and exhibitions are on the list.
Why do you think sketching is very important?
Sketching is a great way of expressing ourselves, recording our surroundings and ideas. It’s also very important for architects and designers to develop this skill. Sketching gives the ability to quickly communicate ideas, which is a big advantage.
What is your favourite drawing tool / medium?
My favorite tools are fountain pens and fine liners for inking. I use markers and acrylic for coloring.
How long have you been drawing?
I have been drawing all my life, drawing and sketching were part of my architecture student curriculum. It’s been a year since I started focusing on sketching and improving my skills.
What sort of drawings do you have in your sketchbook?
In my sketchbooks I have all kinds of drawings. The quick sketches of my architecture projects, the places I visited and my geometric compositions/fantasies.
We’ve enjoyed your architectural fantasies / geometry compositions! How important has drawing dreamscapes been to your as an artist/architectural postgraduate?
Thank you! Dreamscapes are important to me because they are my way of mixing art, architecture and my feeling at the given moment without being constrained by any logic. Gravity ceases to exist, and everything is floating in an infinite space. It empowers imagination, and that is important to any creative person
What is your advice to students who wants to start sketching?
My advice is: “Get started, don’t overthink it, don’t worry about making (good) sketches, buy a sketchbook and a pen, keep them with you, and sketch everything that catches your attention. You’ll get better along the way”.
Do you see yourself sketching in years to come?
Definitely! surprises to come
You also have a blog – What sort of topic do you write about?
In the blog, I post about my experience in sketching, my tools and there are videos of my process. Initially, the blog was to answer questions I get frequently asked. It will evolve into something much bigger!
ABOUT JUDY ABI ROUSTOM
Judy is an architectural postgraduate student based in Lebanon. She has been running a successful instagram account for a couple of years by the name of @judy_sketchbook and also runs her own blog. Judy is an active member of the instagram sketching community and has also pioneered the Urban Sketchers Lebanon initiative.