Meet the Correspondent: Marina Grechanik > Tel-Aviv, Israel$show=/search/label/Marina%20Grechanik

"Sketching is one of my passions. I don't feel comfortable when I leave home without a sketchbook and some pens in my bag. I think that my way to put things in my memory is to draw them. And taking pictures isn't the same thing.

I live in a very dynamic surrounding — Israel is a warm country with warm weather and warm people. Of course, we have seashores, which calm us a little bit. I love to sit in a corner of some Tel-Aviv coffee shop and explore relationships: between people, their environment, between myself. All this unique local mix of cultures, languages and styles is always a great source for inspiration. You need to be fast, because, as I said, everything is very dynamic. But that's why I love it so much.

Sometimes, I look around, and I find some usual items like sugar bags or napkins. I use them in my drawings to show the atmosphere. Sometimes I draw directly on placemats."

• Marina's art on Flickr.
• Marina's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Tina Koyama > Seattle$show=/search/label/tina%20koyama

"The dictionary says that a hobby is “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation.” Although urban sketching certainly provides both pleasure and relaxation, I don’t think of it as my hobby. I think of it more as a way of life – something that has become such a normal part of my everydayness that it shapes how I view the world.

For most of my life I had both the fear of drawing as well as the desire to draw. In 2011, inspired by Gabi Campanario’s Seattle Sketcher column, I finally decided to overcome the fear. His drawings of Seattle – my birthplace and lifelong home – were of sights that I had seen many times, yet had never truly seen. I wanted to learn to see, and therefore experience, those locations (and any new ones that I travel to) more completely. Part 8 of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto, to “show the world, one drawing at a time,” has a flip side: Sketching enables me to see my own world, one drawing at a time.

In the last four years, it is not an exaggeration to say that Urban Sketchers has changed my life. I have met and sketched with many wonderful people around the globe, either at symposiums or during other travel, because the USk network brought us together. I sketch almost weekly with my local group, sharing sketches, art supplies and friendship. Even when I stay home and enjoy sketches online, I am still a part of that rich network, learning with every sketch about other people’s lives.

In May, my husband Greg and I went to France for the first time, and I sketched the Eiffel Tower. Sketching one of the world’s most famous icons felt like a dream come true – the ultimate in urban sketching. But although I can’t resist sketching world-famous icons whenever I’m fortunate enough to see them, for me, urban sketching is much more than that.

Urban sketching is a tree with its middle chopped away to accommodate Seattle’s ubiquitous power lines. It’s about a couple of women chatting over coffee, or about workers roofing the house next door. It’s about an excavator filling a hole where a cherry tree once stood. Or the Tibetan monastery I drive by frequently that I couldn’t resist because it’s bright orange. Urban sketching is a string band performing at a local farmers’ market – or perhaps in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Celebrating the mundane as well as the famous is what urban sketching is all about. My sketches are not necessarily about “special” moments; they are moments made special because I sketched them."

Tina has been editor of Drawing Attention since 2013 and now serves on the Urban Sketchers editorial board. See more of her sketches on her blog, on Flickr and on Instagram.

Meet the Correspondent: Pete Scully > Davis, Calif.$show=/search/label/Pete%20Scully

"I am from urban north London, but now live in urbane Davis California. I sketch, I write, sometimes do things and go places and my name is Pete.

When not Davis, I sketch Sacramento, San Francisco, London, or anywhere else I happen to be. I tend to erase people and cars from my cities, but I'm starting to get over this.

Davis: calm, old-fashioned, progressive, quirky, very very hot in the summer. I use micron and copic pens, with watercolour."

• Pete's blog.
• Pete's art on Flickr.

Meet the Correspondent: Suhita Shirodkar > San Jose, Calif.$show=/search/label/Suhita%20Shirodkar

"I was born in Mumbai (Bombay) and lived in different parts of India until I moved to San Jose, California, where I now live.

Travel inspires my art, but, traveling or not, I try to view the world around me as a traveller would; so whether I’m capturing a moment of calm on the banks of the Ganges in India, or sketching over coffee at my local coffee shop, I aim to look deeply, and with wonder, at both the everyday and the exotic, the old and the new.

I love color. My sketch kit consists of Extra Fine Sharpies (the fact that they bleed into the paper as soon as they touch it works really well for me—it forces me to work super-quick), a small set of Prismacolor pencils and a little watercolor travel set".

Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Costa Rica Workshop -The Market Adventure- march 2015

Join us to our market adventure in San José, Costa Rica!!

The Workshop consists of getting to know the most intimate issues of a place through analytical and creative sketches, focused on the relationship between space and people. The Central Market of San Jose is full of atmospheres and daily histories that will serve as a vast menu of moments and places expecting to be drawn. Applying the concept of freezing time, the workshop will focus in the small details that might happen unnoticed, but that integrate a major gear that gives place to a living organism: THE MARKET. We will explore it from the inside out, to deal with its borders and the way they relate to the city around it, complementingit with its frantic internal activity.

In four different sessions through the two days workshop we will have an adventure that includes:

Discovering atmospheres: using color interpretation, depending on what zone of the market we are at, and how space and people relate to each other

Discovering stories: explore and witness how store owners solve their business needs and issues by interacting with their clients using graphic bounding boxes as comic strips to narrate events.

Going from the inside out: find the connections between the market and the city that surrounds it, through sounds, smells, light and paths.

Getting to know the borders: walk around near streets and discover how the city and the market help each other exist. 

   Learning goals 

·         using the “freezing time” technique/ concept  to really feel and connect with a place before sketching it

·         developing the sense of place conceptas a sketching tool

·         telling histories that relate to each other in space and time

·         sketching atmospheres using color interpretation

·         drawing from the inside out, to get the most of a place and its unique characteristics 

Workshop Schedule 

Monday 30 March 8:00am – 4:00pm
8.00am -8.30am       Workshop introduction, the “freezing time” concept
8.30am-11.30pm      Discovering atmospheres 
11.30pm- 1.00pm     Lunch
1.00pm - 4.00pm      Discovering stories 

Tuesday 31 March 8:30am - 4.00pm
8.30am-11.30pm      Going from the inside out 
11.30pm- 1.00pm     Lunch
1.00pm - 4.00pm      Getting to know the borders
4.00 pm -5.00pm      Coffee time! (Optional)


16 participants maximum. Any level welcome but some drawing experience is recommended

       Supply list

o   Watercolor sketchbook with water resistant paper
o   Watercolors Set
o   Black waterproof ink, dip pen and/or cartridge pen
o   Color pencils (optional)

       Sponsorship  (Possible sponsorship is under negotiation)

Registration fee 

$60.00 USD, Payment can be via internet transfer or PayPal.
email - for registration form 
or visit:
Cancellation Policy: All fees are fully refundable if cancelled prior to 16 March 2015. If cancelled after 16 March, a $20.00 USD cancellation fee will be retained. In the event of too few registrants, all monies will be refunded.

      Meet the instructor

      William Cordero A graduate of the “Universidad de Costa Ricaand Professor of its school of architecture is currently working as an architect in this institution and as a teacher in the “Taller de Diseño” (Design Workshop) class.  Interests include painting, graphic expression and architectural drawing applied toarchitectural design.  Hehas participated in the International Urban SketchersSymposiums of 2012 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and 2013 (Barcelona, Spain), and as an instructor in the 2014 Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, conducting the "Bounding Boxes, space and people as characters" workshop.  He is also a graphic correspondent for the USK Costa Rica Blog, and co-administrator of the Urban Sketchersfacebook group / in Spanish.




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