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

Urban Sketchers Announces Sponsors for 2016 Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester


For Immediate Release

Urban Sketchers Announces All Sponsors for 2016 Urban Sketching Symposium 

Next week nearly 500 urban sketchers from around the globe will gather in Manchester, UK, for the 7th Urban Sketchers Symposium. The 4-day event is organized by Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Beginning on Wednesday afternoon, sketchers will discover Manchester as they explore materials, techniques and concepts of drawing on location from direct observation.

This event is made possible in part by working with the following sponsors:

Platinum Level
We are pleased to welcome PEN.UP as a Symposium sponsor again this year.
PEN.UP is a creative social network service that allows you to share images and pictures with other users. Pen.Up will provide activities and a competition with a great prize.

Gold Level
Cretacolor is sponsoring the Urban Sketcher Symposium again this year. Made by Brevilliers in Austria, Cretacolor pencils are part of a 150-year-old tradition in the making of pencils. Cretacolor is offering a set of six pencils to Symposium attendees.

Leuchtturm1917 is a sponsor for the second year. Attendees will receive a Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook.

We are pleased to welcome Strathmore as a Symposium sponsor again this year. Strathmore has been making paper products in the United States since 1892.

Silver Level
Nevskaya Palitra is sponsoring the Urban Sketchers Symposium for the first time! The company has been producing professional high quality art products for 80 years, such as watercolours, oil, tempera, acrylic paints, and gouache. Participants will receive watercolor samples, and they donated prizes for our raffle.

Stillman & Birn joins us again this year, a brand offering a wide range of robust paper, making it possible for artists to choose from a wide array of weight, size, shade and binding that will best fit their personal style and process of sketching. They donated some nice sketchbooks from their new line as prizes for our raffle.

We are happy to work with Super5 again, a format-creative workshop in Darmstadt, Germany, that has extended their products range to sketchbooks, inks and fountain pen cleaner liquid. Some of these products will be available for our participants.

Bronze Level
Laloran joins us as a sponsor again this year by providing sketchbooks handmade in Portugal to workshop participants.

QoR is a new sponsor for the 2016 Symposium. QoR “thoroughly modern watercolor” was created by Golden Artist Colors. They will supply our participants with watercolor cards to sample, and a prize for our raffle.

In addition to providing materials for participants and raffle prizes, many of these sponsors contribute funds that go toward airfare and lodging for instructors and staff, all of whom volunteer their time to the Symposium.

Hundreds of sketching enthusiasts will gather for hands-on sketching workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and sketch crawls in Manchester, and attend a reception at Manchester Town Hall with a welcome address by Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council. Thanks to Manchester City Council and Marketing Manchester for all their support.

Sketchers will gather at host institution, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester School of Art, where they will receive goodie bags designed by local design agency Holdens’, which has contributed their expertise to many of the Symposium designs. The workshops and activities are led by an influential team of local and international artists, listed on the Symposium site.

Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing; promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.




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