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

GOOD BONES | USk Sketching Workshop May 13-15, 2016

GOOD BONES | USk Sketching Workshop

May 13-14 + 15, 2016

Architectural perspective and watercolor sketching workshop with Stephanie Bower at Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington USA

Workshop description:
Good sketches start with Good Bones! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up the bones of a great architectural sketch, starting with a practical understanding of perspective and finishing up with an intro to watercolor tools and techniques. And on Sunday, we’ll get to join the Seattle Urban Sketchers for their monthly Sketchcrawl.

Learning goals:
Held at the iconic Pike Place Market in the heart of Seattle, this workshop offers a true instructional class on sketching. On Friday and Saturday mornings, we’ll work indoors from PowerPoint lessons that introduce you to perspective concepts and the basic process for creating a sketch. In the afternoon, you’ll learn how to apply the morning’s concepts to on location sketching in downtown Seattle.

On day three, you’ll have the opportunity to put everything together when we join the Seattle Urban Sketchers’ monthly Sketchcrawl!

Good Bones| Day 1 | May 13: Perspective

· Learn perspective basics and a simple step-by-step process to construct an architectural perspective sketch, how to build the sketch in layers
· Learn what to look for when sketching perspective on location—how to find your eye level and VP’s
· Learn how to measure proportions and relationships of spatial elements

Good Bones | Day 2 | May 14: Perspective + Watercolor

· Introduction to basic watercolor tools and techniques, using a simple triad of colors
· Learn how to use watercolor to enhance the sense of space in your sketches

Good Bones | Day 3 | May 15: Sketchcrawl, half day

· Put your new knowledge into practice by joining the monthly Seattle USk sketching group on Sunday morning

Workshop Instructor:
STEPHANIE BOWER is a Seattle-based architect, architectural illustrator, teacher, watercolor painter, and traveling Urban Sketcher.

Stephanie graduated in both Architecture and Interior Design and worked as a licensed Architect in New York City before gravitating to architectural illustration.

She has taught architectural sketching for over 20 years--for a decade in NYC at Parsons, in Seattle at UW and Cornish College of the Arts, at the 2014 Urban Sketchers International Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, and a lecture on perspective at the USk Singapore symposium.

Stephanie is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. In both 2013 & 2012, she was honored with the prestigious KRob award for Best Travel Sketch, in 2013 she received the Gabriel Prize fellowship for 3 months of sketching in France, and the following year was awarded the NIAUSI 2014 fellowship for a 2-month project in Italy.

Stephanie teaches “Perspective for Sketchers” online at, and is the author of the forthcoming book The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective.

Architectural Illustration Website:

Workshop Schedule:

8:30 arrive at the Pike Place Market meeting rooms, coffee
9:00-12:00 instruction and sketching
12:00-1:00 lunch break in The Market
Afternoon OUTDOOR SKETCHING downtown
1:00-2:30 sketch together as a group
2:30-3:30 sketch on your own or together with assistance
3:30-4:00 assemble for final crit and review

10:00-12:30 You have the opportunity to put it all together by sketching alongside
Seattle Urban Sketchers, location to be determined
12:30-1:00 meet Seattle sketchers and review sketches!
No charge for this day, of course, as sketching with Urban Sketchers is free and
open to all! We can arrange carpools to the location if necessary.

Supply list:
Instructor will email supply list to registered participants.

Workshop fee:
$200 for 2 full days of instruction, in classroom and on location. Sketchbook will be provided to all participants.
Payable in full by check to “Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration” by April 15, 2016.
Mail to:
Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration

2411 9thAve. W.
Seattle, WA 98119

Contact Stephanie ASAP at to reserve a spot. First come, first served. Waiting list will be created.

Cancellation policy:
In the unforeseen event the workshop is cancelled, all fees will be reimbursed.

If you have to cancel your participation,
up to one month before, all fees reimbursed.
up to two weeks before workshop, 50% fee reimbursed.
less that two weeks before the workshop, 10% of workshop fee reimbursed.
Number of participants: 12 min - 15 max

Good Bones is open to any level of experience, but targeted to beginners and sketchers who want to improve their basic sketching and understanding of perspective and watercolor.

Thanks for your interest in Urban Sketchers workshops!





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