Pinoy Sketches Paris

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The earliest recollection of me drawing was when I was sick in bed and I would draw on the wall. I was probably five years old then.


I would continue drawing and during our family vacation overseas, I would ask permission to be on my own to draw.

Nothing has changed much since then—I still bring my watercolor set, pens and sketchpad when I travel.

Creating art / travel journals helps me be “in the moment,” which I think is very important to make the most of your trip.

These are some of the pages from my Paris sketchbook.

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I made this while I was at Clignancourt, the biggest flea markets in Paris. The gentleman I drew here knew I was drawing him. He came up to me and asked to see what I made. He then showed me his shop and some incredible paintings. We became friends.

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This one’s an architectural sketch of Notre Dame’s buttresses at the back of the famous church.

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We enjoyed watching the lights of the Eiffel Tower and ended up not having a ride home (train service ends early in Paris). We were grateful we hopped on the last bus.

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While waiting in line at Musée d’Orsay, I got to sketch the famous rhino sculpture outside.

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At the Louvre Museum, I took time out to eat my packed lunch (I made sandwiches) and paint the famous pyramid by I. M. Pei.

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Drawing some of my favorite pieces of contemporary art at the Centre Georges Pompidou.



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About the Author

Robert Alejandro

While most travelers take pictures Robert stays put in one place and draws. He is a journalist, a TV host, and the man behind “The Sketching Backpacker” blog.