About

Auckland Sketchbook was started in May 2010 by Murray Dewhurst, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Auckland, New Zealand.

The blog was initially conceived as a vehicle to improve my drawing ability. By posting regularly my practice inadvertently became a record of life in Auckland. Almost all of the sketches shown here are sketched quickly on location from direct observation. Blogs were a thing back in 2010, a lot of my sketcher and artist friends were doing the same, so I figured why not.

Eventually I was invited to join Urban Sketchers as New Zealand correspondent. It has been a huge privilege to contribute to USk over the years, it has made a huge impact on my observational, sketching and writing ability. It has opened my eyes to the potential of 'reportage drawing' — storytelling through images. I now also contribute as an editor to Urban Sketchers, helping to bring interesting storytelling content through words and sketches to thousands of readers all over the world.

My sketches have appeared in The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabi Campanario, Reportage and Documentary Drawing by Veronica Lawlor, Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabi Campanario and 5-Minute Sketching Architecture by Liz Steel.

Recently I designed and illustrated Bruce wants to go faster written by Dreydon Sobanja, which has recently won a Storylines Notable Book award.

Check out my posts at Urban Sketchers here. Sketches are available for sale as prints and I welcome illustration and sketch commissions. Please contact me to enquire if you are interested.

Phone: 021 444 766 (+64 21 444 766)
PO Box 46 229, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147, New Zealand