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".
Blog
Flickr

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

Sketch-it-On: Miami


About the workshops
The proposal consists of three modules or workshops to be held for 3 weekends.
Participants can choose to enroll in one of the modules or take the full course.
The course is designed to meet the basic needs of an urban artist.
The first and second module are basic for all participants, no previous experience is required. The third module is intended for artists with intermediate experience.

WORKSHOP M1
How to set a point of view
Location: Lincoln Road
March 27-29
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Workshop description:
One of the biggest challenges in a sketch is the drawing's composition. The balance and harmony between shapes and objects are vital.
To achieve the harmonious composition we are looking for we need to know to establish interesting points of views.
The essence of the composition is that all parties should be in a particular place or position and play the role that corresponds favoring them all.
It is almost impossible to prescribe specific rules that allow someone to compose. However, there are simple laws that guide available for an artist manages to be able to create an interesting composition
We will develop the basics to create engaging and thoughtful compositions, starting with thumbnail type schemes. (Frame-work-­figure­-ground, composition and management, framing from the point of view, background vs foreground, an unusual point of view)
Learning goals:
  • The participant can create harmonious compositions in their sketch
  • Be able to know how to use the compositional tools and apply them to their drawings on location
  • You can make sketch with novel and interesting points of view


Maximum number of participants: 35 (all levels of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supply list
We do not need a very sophisticated but only that with which you feel comfortable. Basically a feather ballpoint pen of ink, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils and a set of watercolors. Also colored pencils if you prefer
Sponsorship: Stillman & Birn One sketchbook (Gamma Series for all medias) per participant


WORKSHOP M2
How to draw entourage in watercolors
Location: South Beach (Beach side park- Art Deco)
April  3-5

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Workshop description:
This module focuses on the art of watercolor and especially in working the organic aspect of urban sketch: vegetation, water, integrated into the city landscape, people and architecture style.
It is important to know how to build a sketch and make it alive by integrating the above organic elements. The cities are not empty, have life, color and energy. So we will work with watercolors and learn how to draw these elements quickly and conveniently.
On the other hand, develop exercises where we apply the technique of the 3 colors, creating interesting harmonies without having to record each color found on the site.
The location chosen consists of two components: the beach, the sea, with its palm trees characteristics, people and houses. And the urban area of Art Deco architecture its interesting to working the architecture style and details.
Learning goals:
  • You can draw a sketch level organic elements in various techniques, especially watercolor
  • You will be able to integrate these elements into an urban scene
  • You can draw an urban scene from organic elements.
  • Work on the basics of color and the intelligent use of pallets.
  • You can draw architectural details using Art Decó like reference
Workshop location
South Beach (Beach side park- Art Deco)
Maximum number of participants: 35 (all levels of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supply list
We do not need a very sophisticated but only that with which you feel comfortable. Basically a feather ballpoint pen of ink, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils and
A good set of watercolors. Paper to watercolor, block or sketchbook. We need some extra paper to develop the first exercise. Brush for watercolor, 10 to 12.

WORKSHOP M3
How to draw with non waterproof ink and watercolors
Location: New World Symphony
April  10-12


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Workshop description:
Pens with non-waterproof ink can be an interesting and essential to dominate when we do sketching. Often it is believed that we should use permanent ink before the watercolor, however, non-waterproof ink enhance the richness of the work and can create very interesting artistic effects.
BENEFITS:
• The line softens and avoids hardness and rigidity.
• Produce fluency and freshness in the drawings.
• When using fine-tipped pens can we control the outflow of ink and avoid losing our
• The tone of the ink (slightly purple, depending on the type of ink) creates a special
• We can simply use water to produce depth or contrast in our work without other
• We work with graphics (stripes and patterns) in combination with stains (water
• Can be used variety of ink colors (brown, blue, black) to recreate special
• This technique is recommended for stroke atmosphere when it makes contact with watercolor. color. touches or watercolor) atmospheres.
o quick sketches and expressive (only need pen and brush with water)
o Mid drawings preparation (when working with limited watercolor palette, using
between one and even three colors) and
o complex drawings (using a watercolor palette beyond)
Workshop location
New World Symphony (Frank Gehry)
Learning goals:
The Participants:
• Will acquire the skill to control the dynamic ink line when applying water or watercolor.
• Will use the dynamic ink to enhance the contrast and recreate the atmosphere of the site.
• Apply this technique in a quick sketch and ink with water only, the second using two or three colors and a third drawing more complex.


Maximun number of participants: 35 (intermedium of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supplie list
  • Pen Rotring Art Pen F, Lamy F or similar.
  • Ink black, brown or blue. (or all three)
  • Paper notebook that supports watercolor, but with little roughness. Rather a  bit smoother. The Stillman & Birn sketchbook is especially functional for both ink and watercolor washes.
  • Fibre Marker water supportable 0.1 and 0.2Brush water.
  • Watercolors Set


Workshop Schedule M1, M2 and M3
DAY 1
Meeting point
General welcome, Introduction and groups and Presentation and first exercise 60 min
  • Introduction, theory and demonstration of the technique 20 min
  • Working indoor
  • Exhibition, group feedback and final closure
Lunch
On location
  • Introduction to the site. Historical and visual tour and Approach
  • Theory and demonstration of the technique
  • Exercise 1 and 2
  • Exhibition, group feedback and final closure 15 min
DAY 2
Meeting point
General presentation. Explanation, How to draw.
Exercises
Lunch
On location
  • Exercise 1, 2 and 3
  • Feedback and expo
DAY 3
Meeting point
Theory and demonstration of the technique to the final day
On location
In location Exercise 1, 2 and 3
Meeting point
Final feedback and expo
Close 

Sponsorship: Stillman & Birn One sketchbook (Gamma Series for all medias) per participant in all of the 3 modules.
Registration fee: US$285 per module. Online registration or bank transfer.
If you prefer to do all of the Sketch-it-On: Miami workshops pay 2x1 (US$500 for 3 workshops)
Contact: c.cardenas@sketchiton.com
C. (561) 294 0798
Cancellation Policy:
All fees are fully refundable if cancelled prior to:
16 March 2015 (M1),23 March 2015(M2) and  30 March 2015(M3).
If you cancelled after:
16 March (M1), 23 March 2015 (M1), 30 March a $120.00 USD cancellation fee will be retained.
The event will take place with a minimum of 15 participants. In case of cancellation 100% of the payment made will be refunded.


About the instructor:
Mexican-born architect and educator currently teaching at the School of Architecture of the University of Buenos Aires. He is the founder and director of Taller Perspective, and also taught at the Society of Architects and other professional associations. He has taught in Mexico City, Lisbon-Portugal, Barcelona-Spain, Bogotá-Col, Santiago de Chile, Paraty-Brazil, Argentina and Singapure (july 2015)
Recently the Fundacio Enric Miralles invited him to collaborate with their academic interchange in the experimental workshops at 2014-15 in Barcelona, Spain and in the program of posgrado in the Faculty of Architecture in the UBA Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He specializes in the architecture design (analog-digital media) and concept drawings for the advertising industry.
Dorantes’ work has been recognized in several competitions in architecture and drawing. His works are in exhibited in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina.


“I have been professor since 1988. I taught perspective, watercolours and representation techniques at the National University of Mexico and in the University Motolinia Pedregal in Mexico city between 1988-1993 (out door and indoor classes).
At present my teaching experience is focused on the architectural projects in the University of Buenos Aires and drawing by hand, in societies of architects and in my own workshop Taller Perspectiva http://tallerperspectiva.blogspot.com/
I teach drawing on-site in courses and outdoor workshops, such "en plein air" (historical lecture and workshop drawings) http://www.wix.com/tallerperspectiva/enpleinair
In my workshops attended by professionals and students of architecture, interior design, set designers, publishers and artists in general”


Event coordinator:
Although Climaco Cardenas brings more than 25 years of Design experience in the fields of Architecture, Urban, Interior and production design to Sketch-it-on, his Postgraduate Studies in the University of Pennsylvania in Architecture and City Planning formed him as an urban scholar, researcher and thinker at heart.  Climaco states: “Cities and Urban settlements are the physical expressions of cultural, political, economic, environmental and artistic intentions, ambitions and desires of the human creative power over time. The City must be studied historically and experienced and detailed through observation, analysis and drawing.”
He will be responsible for the tour and historical information of the city and locations visited during the workshops. As well as facilitating all event details on the ground in Miami.
Climaco currently works in his own practice Metrika Design, located in Palm Beach Florida. An architecture and planning firm working in the residential, urban, commercial and event production space. In the past, Climaco worked for the City Planning Department of Bogota as assistant to the director and was consultant to the Local government of the City of Cota for an Industrial Zone. In working with the Coffee Federation in Colombia as Technical Coordinator he managed the Taller de las Americas for famed Barcelona architect Ricardo Bofill.
He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

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