Rhoda Draws

Growing up in Chicago, I always liked to draw. When I started High School, the “advisor” waved test scores in my face and yelled that I was “too smart to be an artist!” After many years of trying to do what “smart” people did, I proved her wrong. I wasn’t all that smart.

I changed my name to “Rhoda Draws” legally in 2009. I’m an Urban Sketcher and I teach “Sketching Fast & Loose” workshops in San Miguel and other magical towns in Mexico. Website: https://ontheRHODAgain.com/

As a professional caricature artist, I’ve had decades of experience creating rapid drawings of people at events. An early pioneer of digital painting, I used Corel Painter for live caricature events as well as studio work. This led to publication of numerous books on the creative use of both Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

I also use digital media to create quick gestural drawings of live models. Some of these drawings are combined digitally or printed on archival rice paper. Many such combinations inspire larger mixed media paintings on canvas.

In 2018 I moved to San Miguel from the San Francisco Bay Area. My house in Colonia Guadalupe, is called “Casa de Dibujo.” (House of Drawing). You can see my urban sketches and figurative drawings at Galeria San Francisco in La Aurora. Larger figurative paintings and portraits can be viewed by appointment at “Casa de Dibujo.”

Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco Sketching Day-Trip

Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 The Magical town of Dolores Hidalgo has historical significance in Mexico’s Independence from Spain. More importantly for us, it is the center for manufacture of decorative hand-painted Talavera pottery.

A side trip to Atotonilco on our way back to SMA will give us the opportunity to see the breathtaking folk art collection at Galeria Atotonilco and to relax with drinks at the elegant Hotel Nirvana Restaurante & Spa.

Fee is $3800 MX, includes transportation, art supplies, instruction and individual coaching in “sketching Fast & Loose.” Learn to capture the essence of the people, places and things you see in your travels.

Two figures & spiral


3 Figures-rwr

7 Figures green gold framed

Figures orange and green



Red Hair

Seated figure charcoal conte

2 Klimt figures

SMA Calle Relox 9-2-20

Parroquia from back-Rhoda

Jardin vendor cart 10-10-21

Belles Artes

Plaza Civica

3 Mariachis arches mini