My name is André Sandmann, I am a graphic designer and I have my own studio in Zurich. I've always been drawing and painting but I have to confess once (when I started art school and had my first Mac) I thought computer-art was everything and hand-drawn was either for the old-fashioned or for kids. But things have changed - even in Graphic Design. The comeback of hand drawn and handwritten elements is impressive! At work I use sketching daily – as a medium for concept visualization and of course illustrations.
As an urban sketcher I appreciate the community a lot, the exchange and the inspiration that pushes me forward. I've attended the symposium in Lisbon and I was very impressed. Last year I initiated USK Switzerland and it's a pleasure to see it grow and how it helps building up a network of sketchers, connecting the cities and even building a bridge between german and french speaking artists. We had our first national Sketchcrawl in the capital this year and another one is planned in autumn.
I love to work with ink and watercolors and on rather bigger formats. But I use small books when I sketch people on my bus ride to work (my daily exercise). And I love to play with perspective. I've chosen these examples as they might represent some kind of sketched Swissness.
More work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andresandmann/ or http://www.sandmann.ch
I am looking forward to join you in BCN and happy sketching!