Project

World Sketching Tour

The World Sketching Tour project started in March 2012, when I decided to travel the 5 continents. The uniqueness of drawing the globe journey was to discover the world while sketching it and meet the Urban Sketchers. Since then I never stopped the search and the project got the enthusiasm of thousands of fans, press media attention around the world, and international brand partnerships. I traveled to Europe, Asia, Oceania, South America, and Africa.

Luís Simões

Luís Simões

My name is Luís Simões, I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. I have a degree in visual design and was a motion designer for 9 years. I’m an observer and I use the visual memory as if it is my compass. When I go out, I prefer to leave my camera at home and bring a notebook to sketch. I don’t have a preference in what I like to draw the most, but I’m often attracted by the picturesque and complex architectural views.

In 2012 I started a World Sketching Tour and since then, this has been my lifestyle. More intense, more for others, more open on how to look and judge. The tour made me get out of routines and safe places, which often leave me numb just seeing life go by slowly. Sketching has aroused my curiosity for “what will it be like on the other side of the mountain?”. It took me 32 years to follow this passion of mine that, at least for now, I can’t live from it, but it feeds my soul more than any job I’ve had until today.

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Anisa Subekti

Anisa Subekti

My name is Anisa Subekti, and I was born and raised in Surabaya, Indonesia. I graduated in Sports Science and worked in hotels as a personal trainer in Bali. I took a Yoga degree, gave classes, and in my free time I traveled around Bali.

My life was quite simple until I met Luís on his journey through Bali. In 2016 we decided to continue the World Sketching Tour together and travel to South America. I had never traveled so much in my life and I didn’t even know that you could go on a bike trip, but as I like sports, I immediately fell in love with the way we see the world on two wheels. Gradually I found my own rhythm as a traveler and being an active part of the project. Today I am the one who documents all the photography and videos and also all kinds of logistics for the project.

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World Sketching Tour History

Project Started

I left Lisbon by camper with my parents who, during my preparation, decided to join the trip through Europe.

March, 2012

All the way to Nordkapp

After 4 months, the first goal since leaving Portugal was done! We crossed SpainFranceBelgiumNetherlandsGermanyDenmarkSweden and Norway to get here.

April to July, 2012

A different Chistmas

After 9 months of traveling with my parents and the fact that we are in the south of France – “close” to home – my parents decided to go to Portugal to spend Christmas and I continued hitchhiking around Europe during the following months.

September to December, 2012

Reunion and goodbye

It felt good to travel alone for a while and meet my parents again. We did a few more months of travel in southern Europe and then I traveled to Turkey alone. Here the only certainty is that I wouldn’t have a return date and would be completely on my own. The journey was now beginning, leaving the comfort of my parents, cultures that were familiar to me, and a caravan that I called home. We crossed ItalyCroatiaPoland, Bosnia, Switzerland, Slovenia, EstoniaLatvia, and the Czech Republic.

January to May, 2013

Taksim Square demonstrations

My first time sketching a demonstration. My sketchbook is loaded with a historical moment for Turkey that I lived very closely. I hope one day to look at the drawings and know then that Turkey has found its peace.

June, 2013

Trans–Mongolian Railway journey

One of the most interesting train trips I’ve experienced, from the first moment the train whistle to leave San Petersburg, Russia, crossing Mongolia, until seeing the name of my final destination: Beijing, China. All that is strange on the first night: the lack of space and privacy of the dormitory, the little communication between the other local travelers, the instant food, the monotony sound of the rails… all this makes me want to repeat another 10 days on a train as soon as I know it’s over.

June, 2013

Mongolia

The wide nature of Mongolia is something magnetising and that definitely made me realize that I was also conceived to live in the wild. Living the profound nomadism was, without a doubt, a simplified realisation of my being.

July, 2013

China

By train and hitchhiking, I crossed all of China from Beijing to Kashgar and then back to Shanghai. This country has so much culture that has spicy food! 3 months were enough to become an emotional rolling stone and don’t be affect (so much) by the rudeness of the people.

August to October, 2013

Japan

Undoubtedly, Japan was the safest and relaxing, and organized place I ever been. There’s nothing I’ve seen like before and the biggest challenge is to accept how different it is from the western world.

November, 2013

South Korea

I believe for a while now, good moments of the trip, me and what really happens in my life is what I’m searching now on my sketches. South Korea was wonderful and great in all ways possible but unfortunately, my book got stolen when I when to Barcelona the month after…

December, 2013

Hong Kong

First time I got a paid job as a sketcher was in Hong Kong. Was my second time being in a demonstration and that gave me a chance to have exclusive interviews around the world. This was also my first long break.

January to October, 2014

India

On a bar in Mumbai, India, chatting with a french guy I met on that same night he tells me “the best way to know India is by motorbike” …and that’s what I did. I got a 1985-year-old LML Vespa and started to fix it peace by peace. Besides the possibilities of sketching anywhere, I wanted I also learned mechanics and electrics because every now and then the bike would give a problem!

November to January, 2014

Sri Lanka

I was 45 days in Sri Lanka surrounded by beautiful people, that kept on smiling back at me. I wrote a whole experience on how the country moved after the civil war and the tsunami of 2004 – still not published.

January to February, 2015

Back to India

Sketching in India was quite uncomfortable, even for someone that doesn’t mind people staring at what we do. The problem was in many times the focus becomes the people around and not so much the subject of sketching. It’s barely impossible to have a peaceful moment to sketch unless we climb a mountain… and even then I did found some monkeys!

March to May, 2015