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


【by Teo Cheng Huat, Beijing, China]

 My year end holidays is in Taipei this year spending the new year with my sister , Evelyn and family.
Very relaxing trip mainly eating and did a lots of walking. Café hopping , visiting creative parks, eating Taiwanese  foods and lots of seafood. This is my travel sketch of Taipei city and I totally did not visit any of the tourists spot and attractions.
Tamsui , 淡水meaning ” fresh water” ,located at the northern tip of Taiwan. This place is famous for amazing sunset landscape and scenic coastline. Lots of commercial & residential development
were build during the last few years to attract more people from downtown Taipei so as to ease the over crowded city population and traffic congestion. The apartment here are so much cheaper than that in Beijing or Singapore and most of the property are freehold. This is a sketch of the ground level garden of the apartment block that I stay in Tamsui. It was a Saturday morning, the rain just stop and pretty quiet, I guessed most people are still asleep.

小品食堂cafe at Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Japanese style interior in light birchwood finish serve very good dessert and coffee. The park used to be old winery called the Taihoku Winery started 1916. Now is a non-profit organization providing venue to hold events activities including art cinema, shops, cafes and gallery. It is a super nice place to spend weekends here strolling around the park or just sat down watching the people hopping in and out of the many interesting shops.

Taipei Railway Station or also called Taipei Main Station , situated in the heart of downtown Taipei city, where different modes of public transport system converge. I was told the station handles over half a million passengers daily on conventional rail, metro and high speed rail. We took a morning train to RuiFang town for breakfast before taking a bus to Jiufen old town.

數樹私房 shu shuhouse is a little 2 level house up on the hill of JiuFen in the RuiFang District New Taipei. The place is own by a flower company called CN Flower which do lot of floral arrangement for events. Nice place to visit and stay for a few days to get away from the busy and noisy downtown Taipei. Jiu Fen meaning “nine portion” in the earlier days because the village used to housed nine families. Gold was discovered and soon the village develop quickly into a town. It has been a favorite tourist spot since and lots of abandoned houses was turn into small Airbnb for weekend stays, etc.

Dinner with Roy & Eveyln in one of the many Japanese restaurant called 現釀鮮啤酒海鮮燒烤B98 Section 3, Minsheng East Road in downtown Taipei. Served grilled seafood and home made wheat beer and organic baby corn.

泰镜antique shop, 103 Taipei city, Datong District is one of the many old shop that sells old Taiwanese household items. We came here to search for old porcelain bowl and plates. Drew this sketch while my wife search and dig herself inside the tiny shop , flipping and turning searching for treasure.

Went outskirt  in Beituo District to pick oranges, not in season so we went to enjoy the sun after many days of heavy downpour.

好样情事VVG ACTION Cafe in SongShan Creative Park, Taipei. Is a theme restaurant cum evenue for branded goods events and wedding. Interesting interior and decoration, coffee and hot beverage are serve in bowl instead of cups. Spend my time here in the cafe doing sketches while the girls are shopping somewhere.





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