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

Idul Adha 2015

By Dhar Cedhar

Bagi saya mengabadikan perayaan Idul Adha lewat sketsa seakan seperti kegiatan wajib setiap tahunnya. Walau tema dan obyeknya selalu sama dari tahun ke tahun, tetapi atmosfirnya selalu beda. Perbedaan ini dipengaruhi oleh kondisi lokasi, masyarakatnya, jenis dan ukuran binatang, cara penyembelihan hewan qurban serta cuaca.
'Liputan' tahun ini saya mulai dari pedagang binatang qurban yang mangkal di area pemakaman umum Tanah Kusir, hari berikutnya saat sholat Idul Adha di Kompleks Marinir Cilandak, dilanjutkan ke Masjid Jami; Al-Maghfiroh Jl.TB Simatupang/Jeruk Purut Jakarta Selatan.

Sebelum ke Masjid Al-Maghfiroh, saya berkeinginan menskets suasana di sebuah masjid di kompleks marinir Cilandak. Dua orang provos berjaga di pintu masuk. Rupanya khalayak tidak diperbolehkan memasuki area penyembelihan, hanya panitia dan mereka yang berkepentingan saja yang diperbolehkan masuk. Saya dan seorang photographer meminta izin agar diperkenankan masuk untuk membuat sketsa dan foto. Seorang provos mencoba konfirmasi kepada panitia, hasilnya kami tidak dizinkan masuk dengan alasan yang tidak jelas dan hanya diperbolehkan mensketsa dari kejauhan saja. Saya maklum, mungkin ini memang satu aturan kaku yang diberlakukan atau memang mereka awam akan keberadaan seni sketsa, terlebih di lingkungan terbatas berbasis militer. 
Saya seringkali kena tegur oleh keamanan setempat saat mensketsa di area publik, seperti mall-meski saya mensketsanya di luar mall, di bandara, area perumahan dll. Meski sudah saya jelaskan tujuan saya, tetapi seringkali mereka (satpam) menolak dan baru diizinkan bila saya sudah mendapatkan surat izin dari pihak berwenang....
Berikut 'liputannya'...

Media: School G (Taichikawa fountain pen #F) on Canson sketchbook size A4 & Moleskin A5

Lokasi pemakaman umum Tanah Kusir yang dijadikan tempat berdagang hewan qurban. Terpaksa dilakukan karena semakin langkanya lahan kosong di Jakarta dan semakin diberlakukannya aturan yang ketat bahwa dilarang berniaga di lahan hijau, area publik serta trotoar. Mungkin di tempat semacam ini juga masuk dalam kategori larangan...
Saat khotib menyampaikan khotbahnya. Bagi sebagian warga ibadah sholat ied kali ini menarik dan langka
karena imam dan khotibnya seorang selebritis sekaligus politisi ternama; DR KH Rhoma Irama,
 meski isi khotbah yang disampaikan bersifat umum alias standar...
Prosesi penyembelihan hewan qurban I
Adegan ketiga dan terakhir merupakan pemandangan horor yang sebaiknya tidak dilihat oleh anak-anak,
tetapi kenyataannya banyak yang melihatnya dan mereka terkesan bisa saja. Beberapa kasus, ada anak yang mengigau
 saat tidur setelah mereka melihat acara ini...
Prosesi penyembelihan hewan qurban II
Karena tempat yang sempit, saya berbaur dengan para "penjagal' dan hampir terhimpit bila tidak cepat menghindar...

Binatang ini digulingkan dengan posisi kepala, hidung dan keempat kakinya terikat
sementara posisi leher terbuka dan siap dijagal...
Prosesi penyembelihan hewan qurban III
Ditengah keramaian seperti ini, saya mendapatkan begitu banyak karakter wajah yang kuat serta gesture yang beraneka macam, kesemuanya polos tanpa dibuat-buat...
Prosesi penyembelihan hewan qurban IV
Dokumen foto saat 'peliputan'...





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