My name is Luis E. Aparicio.  Born and raised in San Juan, I relocated with my wife and son to Philadelphia, PA.  I have a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design and a Masters degree in Architecture, both from the University of Puerto Rico.

Right now I work as a designer in an environmental graphic design studio in Philadelphia, PA.  I also have my little online store at Etsy in which I sell both original sketches and reproductions, so if you like my work I invite you to drop by, http://www.etsy.com/shop/Garabateando

I will devote this blog to one of my passions: sketching.  With it I expect to keep honing my skills, as well as sharing whatever knowledge I have with my visitors.  I believe that sketching is the way designers create a bond with their creations, something that can not and will never be replaced by any computer software.

I hope you can join me and experience the same joy I feel when sketching.  I have been learning a lot and getting tons of inspiration from several fellow bloggers.  Please feel free to ask me any questions and of course, give me any pointers you care to share.

¡Gracias y hasta luego!

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Greetings.
    I am also in the building business as a renovation contractor doing some design work.
    You seem a natural for UrbanSketchers.org. Are you familiar with this sketching community?

  2. Greetings.
    I am in the building business as a renovation contractor who does some design work as well.
    You seem a natural for UrbanSketchers.org. Are you familiar with this sketching community?

  3. Greetings.
    I am in the building business as a renovation contractor who does some design work as well.
    I agree with you about the disconcerting perspective of the Google Street View camera when virtually painting out. (I have been known to “readjust” the perspective in PhotoShop Elements before starting to sketch!)
    You seem a natural for UrbanSketchers.org. Are you familiar with this sketching community?

    1. Hey Rock, thanks for stopping by. About Urban Sketchers, yes, I’ve been reading them and getting inspired by some amazing stories and the wonderful sketches. Are you one of their bloggers?

      I also will be following your blog, some nice work… kudos.

  4. Great sketches !
    But, I play classical guitar, (as well as paint/sketch), and one of my favorite guitars is an Antonio Aparicio….!!……any relation ??

  5. Hello Luis!

    My Name is Mike and I’m one of the Usk Blog correspondent from Boston.
    I’m taking my first trip to Puerto Rico Old San Juan next month and was wondering if you might be able to give me some pointers on what to see/do – it’s going to mainly be a sketching trip!
    If you know any Usk’ers in Puerto Rico that I could meet up with that you could introduce me to, that would be great too!

    thanks for your help!


    1. Hi Mike! I’m located in Pennsylvania now, but I sketched everyday in Old San Juan, as I used to teach there. Old San Juan is a charming small city, you’re gonna find lots of things to sketch. It all depends on what is your favorite subject and the time of the year.

      You can’t miss the forts, especially El Morro. The architectural space is really nice, and the view to the ocean is fantastic. Fort San Cristobal is smaller, but very interesting to sketch as well.

      I loved to sketch at the School of Fine Arts, the Totem, Cuartel de Ballajá, San Sebastián Street, the Cathedral, Hotel El Convento, la Puerta de San Juan (the door of SJ), Paseo la Princesa, Plaza de Armas, Capilla Del Cristo, the piers, and Plaza Colón. You’ll find sketches of all of these places in my blog or just search Google images.

      Hope you have a great time and enjoy the weather. Will visit your blog to see your sketches, please keep in touch!

      1. Hello Luis,

        I’m so sorry for not having responded to you sooner! Not sure how I missed it up until now…
        Anyway in December last year I did make it to Puerto Rico and spent 4 days in Old San Juan – exactly the way you described it a small and very charming city.
        I got to sketch most of your suggestions and could have easily stayed a couple more weeks to capture everything else too 🙂
        Weather was perfect in December, people very pleasant and the food really good too.
        I even managed to create one Sketch journal book from the trip too!

        thanks again and maybe our sketching paths will cross somewhere in the future!


      2. Hi! I’m glad that you had a great time! You can imagine how much I miss working there and sketching every day. I’d love to see the book, will google for it.

        I’ve only been once to Boston and was for a conference, didn’t get out of the hotel. But if I go, I’ll let you know. Whenever you are in Philadelphia let me know so we can sketch together!

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