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. You will not easily get tired of his cheerful, idiosyncratic and detailed drawings. 

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 city guide he gives drawing tours in Rotterdam and Schiedam. His work is part of private and corporate collections at home and abroad. He has exhibited in the Stationshuiskamer, Markthal, Kunsthal and Tent Rotterdam. His cityscapes are for sale at the Stayokay, Artigrafie, Enfant Terrible and the Maritime Museum Rotterdam 


Jeffrey de Bruin

I’m a city sketcher. I portray cityscapes and city people. My work is organic and full of life, details, 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.

I want people to be happy when they look at my work. I think there is enough negativity and fear in everyday life already... and I want people to be able to escape that (even if only for a short time). Or simply that it makes them happier in general. In the future I want to share more stories about my city, either big or small.



Look at me now – Een reflectie op de Slavernij tentoonstelling, Rijksmuseum (18 mei t/m 29 augustus 2021) (als één van de assistenten van David Bade and Tirzo Martha)

Werklicht#FENIX I in SS Rotterdam, Rotterdam (Kaapse Kunstroute, 28 t/m 29 augustus 2021)

Poëtische raam-wandel-expositie WERKLICHT#FENIX I, Rotterdam (12 juni t/m 4 juli 2021)

Jacobs Gasthuis, Schiedam (5 januari 2021 t/m 1 maart 2021)

Frankeland, Schiedam (4 september 2020 t/m 5 december 2020)

All you can Art 5, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Kunstruimte Crooswijk and Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) Curaçao (July 14, 2020 to August 30, 2020)

City ​​drawings, artists café 't Pakhuys (1 July until 23 August 2020)

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)

Stayokay Rotterdam, Rotterdam (permanent)

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

Afscheidscadeau, Sprengers advocaten

Anniversary gifts, Around010 Events

Illustration, Rotterdam Partners

Illustration, Rotterdam. Make it Happen

Original painting, Mama Hong, Berkel en Rodenrijs

Original painting, sexton Hillegondakerk, Rotterdam-Hillegersberg

Facebook Zakelijk e-mail banner, Facebook NL (LVTPR)

Mural, Het Lage Land (private)

Facebook Community e-mail banner, Facebook NL (LVTPR)

Mural, Fenix ​​1 (private)

One cover and six chapter illustrations, Facebook Community City Guides (Rotterdam), Facebook NL (LVTPR)

Three murals, boutique hotel Bed, Bites & Business

Original paintings, 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)



Beginners course portrait drawing, private

I draw Rotterdam

I draw Schiedam

Powermask, Wereldmuseum


Artist residencies

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


Points of sale

Pakje Kunst Rotterdam (Art Hoc, De Cultuurschool and Boekhandel Donner)

City ​​drawings, artists café 't Pakhuys (1 July until 23 August 2020)

Maritime Museum Rotterdam Museum Shop

Dutch Museum Gift Shop

Stayokay Rotterdam

Artigrafie Kunst & Lijstenmakerij

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



Media design (Graphic design), Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam

Multimedia Producer Diploma, SAE Institute Rotterdam

Drawing, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Kaska dko)

All you can Art 5 (Summerschool), Kunsthal Rotterdam and Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) Curaçao



Flow Magazine – Wat ben je aan het doen? Nummer 7 2021

Werklicht#Fenix1 Live Stream

Around010 Events is jarig en trakteert

South Explorer – Werklicht 2020 (vanaf 4:56)

Tekeningen van Schiedam in Frankeland

LocalTraveler: 7x De leukste Airbnb Experiences in Zuid-Holland

Nationaal Atelier: Even voorstellen: de juryleden van de Monumentenwedstrijd

AD.nl: Facebook onthult de pareltjes van Rotterdam in nieuwe stadsgids (en die is óók op papier)

De Havenloods: Stadstekenaar Jeffrey de Bruin gaat tekenend Rotterdam door

In de buurt.nl: Al tekenend Rotterdam door: Jeffrey de Bruin zet de stad op papier

In de buurt.nl: Facebook komt met een Rotterdamse stadgids (en die is ook leuk als je de stad al kent)

Open Rotterdam: Rotterdamse Facebook Communities maken stadsgids

ELLE: Hotspots in Rotterdam: zo hoef je er nooit meer naar te zoeken

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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