We had the good fortune of connecting with Alán Ramiro Manning and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alán Ramiro, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has played a major role in my personal development while growing as an artist and architecture designer. There is fear associated with taking risks and I believe that’s the catalyst. It’s an internal friction. The friction creates a spark, the spark creates a fire. And that fire in our belly is what allows us to expand and grow deeper into our life’s purpose. Ok, but how do we go about taking the risk? Faith is the answer. Faith in the journey and asking the fear, what is it that you are teaching me? I call risks, ‘missions’. When life routines become comfortable, I plan a mission that has risk involved. The result is a gift!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have one job and that’s to create, connect and serve. Gratefully so, this has led to various streams of creation that lead to one river of life. I am an architecture designer while teaching online sketching courses, workshops, and creating bespoke commissions of architectural illustrations.  Some of my clients include hospitality, realtors, homeowners, and travelers.

Sketching has been an amazing vehicle to travel all around the world and connect with newfound friendships.  With 20 countries visited so far I want to share that gift with others by empowering them to do the same. On seethelines.com members can access an ever-growing library of online urban sketching courses shot on-location via an interactive world map. You just click on the map and a video course appears. To fill the map, soon I will be embarking on a world sketching voyage from Latino America over to Africa up to Europe and then to Asia all the while creating sketching courses in each country. It’s a very exciting and humbling mission to pursue, and one that indeed requires faith to overcome the fear of the risks involved. I’ve made it my life’s purpose to be a guide to awaken others’ intuitive sketching skills without needing technical know-how. We were all created with a unique gift and if you have just that spark, an inner desire that is asking you to sketch, to create; it’s there for a reason and I am here to help guide you to rise to the calling.

When I was an intern preparing to study abroad in Spain I shared my brand new sketchbook to an older project manager who said to me, “I remember when I used to sketch…”  That look of regret in his eyes as he sulked in his chair led me to instill sketching as a living-breathing lifestyle while helping others do the same. I created a program that I wish I had starting out while guiding those who want to remember what it was like to have a fire and desire to sketch.

We see by learning visualization.
We sketch by understanding space intuitively.
We See The Lines

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
– Johnny’s Pastrami for the worlds best brisket – Moon lit sunrise hike at Griffith Park
– A good boogie under a disco ball
– A day of service, i.e. handing out PBJ’s with a positive note and verse on the bag.
– Apotheke for a drink and vibe
– Korean BBQ
– Camping in Malibu – sycamore campground

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Bible, Jesus Christ and spiritual discipline. My mother, Alba Alicia. and my dad John, who’s life and death – gave me life.
Mentor – Alvaro Zepeda
The beautiful souls I’ve encountered traveling and sketching around the world.

Website: seethelines.com

Instagram: @seethelines

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanrmanning/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFarO9z_A-pSKl_HkPCqFNQ

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