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Welcome to Citizen Sketcher!

What I’m working on here is an open-ended journal of location sketching and travel drawing. I consider it a kind of citizen journalism or documentary – but from the point of view of an artist, rather than a film-maker or photographer.

I’m interested in the way a point in time can be re-created with just a few lines. A sketch doesn’t have the capacity for faithful representation we expect from photography. It’s more like a visual short-hand.

The artist’s experience of being in a place compressed into abstract marks on paper. There’s nothing extraneous. Whatever the artist was feeling at the moment of drawing is served back, un-edited, to the viewer.

It’s like poetry versus prose. Saying less, to say more.

It’s a passion of mine that I hope is interesting to watch evolve.

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email: marc.taro(at)


Note on copyright: All images on Citizen Sketcher copyright Marc Taro Holmes, unless otherwise credited or linked. I’m happy to offer usage rights for my work at very reasonable rates, feel free to contact me at the email above. ~m


About me:

I graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1995 and enjoyed a 12 year career art directing video games. I’m now living and working in Montreal, doing freelance concept art and illustration for games, books and films.

Past projects include Dragon Age, Halo Wars, Age of Empires 3, Lord of the Rings Online, Neverwinter Nights, and Baldur’s Gate.



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