Luís Simões, travel sketcher around the world
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.
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.
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.