About the Rotterdam city sketcher

Rotterdam city sketcher

Jeffrey has been drawing almost all his life. He has studied graphic and multimedia design and worked as a game- and web designer. But his love and urge for drawing has always remained. This is why he went to the Art Academy in Antwerp and now works as an independent visual artist.

He’s also one of the organisers of the Urban Sketchers Rotterdam. Every month they organise sketch events at various locations in Rotterdam. To tell the stories of their city. He also hosts figure drawing sessions in his living room. He likes to connect people through creative events. 

As a portrait artist he makes caricatures at events. As a city guide he gives drawing tours in Rotterdam and Schiedam. His work is part of individual and corporate collections at home and abroad. He has exhibited in the Stayokay, Markthal, Kunsthal and Tent Rotterdam. His cityscapes are on sale at the Stayokay, Enfant Terrible and the Maritime Museum Rotterdam.



I’m a city sketcher. I portray cityscapes and city people. My work is organic and full of life, feeling and humour. I like to give buildings and machines animal-like or human characteristics. I love colour, contrast and a whimsical line. I usually work on location and using observation. Responding to my environment with watercolours, pencil and pen. Finally, my love for comics and urban sketching has also influenced my style. In the future I want to share more stories about my city, either big or small.“.



Boerenzij, Tent Rotterdam (October 11, 2019 through January 12, 2020)

All you can Art 4, Kunsthal Rotterdam (1 June to 29 September 2019)

Urban Sketching in Schiedam, Stichting KunstWerkt (July 21 to August 3, 2019)

Baek – Food & Drinks, Rotterdam (until May 4, 2019)

Stationshuiskamer, Rotterdam Centraal (permanent)

Rottiedam, Rotterdam (permanent)

Pica Pica Winterparade, Markthal Rotterdam (January 12 to February 9, 2019)



Art collections and commissions

3x muurschilderingen, boetiekhotel Bed, Bites & Business

Original painting, Café ’t Pakhuys.

Original painting, Genootschap Historisch Delfshaven.

Original paintings, Côté Verger – Chambres d’hôtes en Camping in France.

Original drawing, Ap Halen – Indisch eten.

Original painting, youth trainer Feyenoord.

Anniversary gift for the Centraal Bureau voor de Rijn- en Binnenvaart, commissioned by the Vereniging van Waterbouwers.

Farewell gift for the director of the Vereniging van Waterbouwers.

Christmas card for relationships of the Vereniging van Waterbouwers.


Art fairs

Comics, Art & Beer, Rotown, Rotterdam

Swan Market, Rotterdam (summer editions)

Montmartre aan de IJssel, Leefgoed de Olifant, Nieuwerkerk a / d IJssel (Pentecost weekend 2018 and 2019)

Art Blaak House (drawing performance), Blaak House, Rotterdam (8 februari 2020)



Beginnerscursus portrettekenen, particulier

I draw Rotterdam

I draw Schiedam

Powermask, Wereldmuseum


Artist residencies

Côté Verger – Chambres d’hôtes en Camping in Dordogne, France.


Points of sale

Maritime Museum Rotterdam Museum Shop

Stayokay Rotterdam

Want to become a reseller too? Then contact me. I am always interested in new points of sale.



AD.nl: Jeffrey tekent erop los met Urban Sketchers Rotterdam

De Schiedammer Online: Teken jouw ‘Groetjes uit Schiedam’

De Schiedammer Online: Ze tekenen je waar je bij zit

De Schiedammer Online: Alsof je door Schiedam wandelt

Pica Pica Winterparade: Marvin Dee Band en Jeffrey de Bruin

Urban Sketchers Nederland: USK interview – Jeffrey de Bruin

De Telegraaf: Kunst van de straat

Leefgoed de Olifant: Montmartre aan de IJssel veelbelovend

YouTube: Promo Montmartre a/d IJssel 20 & 21 mei 2018


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“In Jeffrey's completed artworks, he gives a new experience to an existing material. With the combination of color and perspective, his work is loved by a wide audience. Jeffrey is very involved in his assignments and, as a result, captures the essence of his artistic work well. ” - Hannah Groenwold, Vereniging van Waterbouwers