Alvin Wong Kai-chung’s sketches of Hong Kong are on display at the Urban Sketchers’ third-anniversary exhibition, which opened at the Fringe Club on Wednesday. An architect and interior designer, Wong never travels without a sketchbook, in which he draws the places he visits. He co-founded the Hong Kong branch of the Urban Sketchers, a group that has offshoots around the world. With the mission of “showing the world one drawing at a time”, the original Urban Sketchers was established in the United States, in 2007, by Gabriel Campanario …

The journalist and award-winning illustrator’s last name means “bell tower” in Spanish. Born in Barcelona in 1969, Campanario has been The Seattle Times’ news artist since 2006 and now calls the Pacific Northwest city home. In 2007, he started a Flickr page, then a group blog a year later, to promote the art of field sketching, starting a global movement. Campanario began his career in the early 1990s as an infographics artist at Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia, one of the two main state papers in Spain during the dictatorship of General Franco …

Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco Bahamonde, as he was born, was the dictator of Spain for 36 years, from 1939 to 1975. He staged a coup in 1936 against the country’s newly elected democratic government, which led to a bloody civil war that lasted three years. His fascist regime was one of terror and oppression, with mass killings, torture and illegal detentions of political opponents the norm. Life in the early years of his regime is depicted in the 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro …

A filmmaker and novelist, del Toro grew up in a middle-class, devout Catholic household in western Mexico. He says his style, known for its emphasis on visual aesthetics and its connections to fairy tales and horror, has its roots in two books he read as a child: an encyclopedia of health (“I became morbidly obsessed with anatomy”) and an encyclopedia of art. Del Toro likes to work with people he knows. Two actors have each been cast in seven of his films: Ron Perlman and Doug Jones, a former contortionist who also appeared in the 2002 movie Adaptation, starring Meryl Streep …

The three-time Oscar-winning actress isn’t just a pretty face. One of the foremost actresses of her generation, Streep has also thrown her weight behind a range of issues. When asked in a 2015 interview whether she was a feminist, Streep answered, “I am a humanist. I am for nice, easy balance.” She graduated from Yale in 1975 with a masters’ degree in drama. The Connecticut university was recently visited by another person who would probably describe himself as a humanist, who was on an international speaking tour to promote a newly established political party. That visitor was Joshua Wong Chi-fung …

Dubbed “the voice of a generation” by Time magazine in a 2014 cover story, Wong is both loved and reviled in Hong Kong, where, as a 14-year-old school student, he founded the now-disbanded youth activist group Scholarism to fight Beijing’s proposed “patriotic education” plan. As a student leader in the prodemocracy movement, he played a pivotal role in the demonstrations that became known as the Umbrella Movement, a 79-day occupation of Hong Kong’s streets documented in sketchbooks by a group of artists including Alvin Wong.