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

iPad Urban Sketching - Lisbon

iPad Urban Sketching

Learn to use your iPad and the app Procreate, to create your personal Mobile Digital Studio!

Workshop Information:

Saturday, 20 May 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

Instructor: Rob Sketcherman

Many people own iPads, but have no idea
that they could do so much more with them.
Designed to walk you step-by-step from absolute scratch, even if you've never launched a drawing app before, iPad Urban Sketching guides you through your first steps in exploring digital sketching, using Procreate the absolute best creative app for the iPad. I use it daily, highly recommend it, and will show you what it could do for you too.

This workshop will take you from launching Procreate, to understanding its interface, tools and workflows, which will have you sketching digitally by the end of the workshop. While you could begin with just an iPad, Procreate and your finger, there are tools that take iPad sketching from simply possible to sheer delight, so we’ll also look at various complementary accessories that make iPad sketching easier, including stylus options, cases and holders. Once you get acquainted and suitably armed with your new Digital Mobile Studio, we’ll go out and have some fun sketching! Discover gloriously juicy brushes and rich organic textures!

We will also explore digital-specific thought processes and workflows that help you work quickly and with great flexibility, as well as answer some pressing questions; what do sketches look like when printed? How big can digital canvases be? What do you need to know to prepare work for display and exhibitions? You’ll get all the answers here…and you’ll never look at your iPad in the same way again. (Please Note: iPad Air or newer recommended.)

This workshop was originally offered at the USk Symposium in Manchester, July 2016.

Learning goals

Working digitally is relatively new, even for very advanced sketchers, so this workshop is 
designed to get you comfortable with Procreate especially if you’re new to digital sketching. 
You can expect to:
• See how to customize the interface for whether you’re right or left-handed
• Collate your favorite digital tools for easy access
• Learn to customize digital brushes
• Create infinite palettes of custom color
• Begin to think in layers for ultimate flexibility
• Understand how your work goes from screen to print
• Learn to handle the 3 challenges of sketching digitally on location: glare, power and weather

Workshop Location

This workshop will be held on Saturday afternoon, 20 May 2017 over 3 hours at the Museu
Bordalo Pinheiro
, Campo Grande 382, 1700-097 Lisbon, Portugal.

Workshop Schedule 

3 hours total: 14h30-17h30/18h

Introduction and Gear (10min)

We begin with an introduction of the instructor, a brief history of his experience using Procreate and the iPad for professional work, followed by a discussion and demonstration of helpful gear and accessories, especially styli and tablet holders.

Getting to Know Procreate (90min)

A series of demonstrations and exercises will familiarize participants with Procreate and its interface. They will then learn how to customize important settings, set up favorite tools for optimal use, see what effects are possible, and learn to create their personal digital toolkits.

The Digital Workflow (20min)

Participants use what they’ve learned to do some quick 5-min sketching exercises that help cement  the concept of a digital workflow. This prepares them for sketching outdoors on location.

Sketching on Location (60min)

Participants apply what they’ve learned and create small, easy sketches while the instructor goes among them to offer guidance. The main objective is for participants to try the various brushes and tools, have fun testing options in an outdoor setting, all while practicing basic digital workflow processes. They will also be shown how to deal with issues of glare, weather and battery life.

The session ends with a review of work, sharing and Q&A.

Workshop Registration and Cost

Registration Fee: €25
Please contact Louisa Lok at for space availability and PayPal link.

Maximum number of participants 18 (minimum 10). All levels welcome.
*In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Paypal Fees.

*Please note: cancellations up to May 13, 2017 will be refunded the full amount minus a
cancellation fee of €5, and no refunds will be granted after that date. Thank you for your

Supply list

1. An iPad (iPad Air or newer highly recommended. You will be frustrated with the performance of anything older. Don't know which model you have? You can check by iPad model number in this post.)
2. Preinstalled Procreate app (USD5.99 or equivalent on the iOS App Store)
3. A stylus (You may use any stylus, although I  highly recommend one that supports pressure-sensitivity. I also discuss stylus recommendations in the blog post link above.)
4. A stool / chair for sketching if you have one.

You're also welcome to email me if you have any questions at

About the Instructor

Rob Sketcherman is an artist and illustrator from Hong Kong who has been using the iPad exclusively as his creative device for the past 4 years. He is one of the 5 administrators of Urban Sketchers Hong Kong. While not sketching on the streets, he handles illustration commissions of all kinds, and is occasionally asked to speak, demonstrate and run workshops on his artistic and professional work on the iPad, including at Apple and educational institutions.




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