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

Boston Workshop - 1 Additional class on July 15th (Saturday)

Update (July 7th) 

As of this morning, the workshop Sold out!
Thank you for all your interest in this workshop!




It's been one week since my last 2 workshops and I had a great time meeting local sketchers and sketching our beautiful city!

Since I've had more people that wanted to take this workshop, I've added 1 more class in Boston on July 15th (Saturday) from 10am – 1pm. The contents will be identical to the one’s taught previously, and the exact sketching location info will be sent to everyone via email.

The only difference with this workshop is that I will not have sketchbooks and Gelpens to give out. This class was a last minute addition and I could not give the sponsors enough heads up for supply donations.  Everyone will get a copy of the workshop booklet though.

If you are interested in this workshop, please let me know and I’ll send you the Paypal sign up info to secure a spot.

Any questions, please let me know and look forward to seeing you!



Sketch Now Think Later Workshop:

Jump into Urban Sketching with limited Time, Tools and Techniques.
  • Have you ever wanted to sketch but gave up because you didn’t know where to start or thought you didn’t have enough time?”
  • Have you ever passed up an opportunity to sketch because you were around family/friends that were non-sketchers and didn’t want to make them wait for you? 
  • Have you ever wanted to start sketching or incorporate more sketching time into your daily life but couldn’t find the time to do so?
If you answered YES to these questions, this workshop is for YOU!

Workshop description
Looking for the perfect subject, angle, composition, materials and tools to use etc. can take lots of time and bog you down even before you start sketching. In this workshop, we will pare these down to the essentials of a few tools, few techniques and few approaches so you can enjoy what you like to do in the first place: To jump right into sketching anytime, anywhere, and in any situation!

Learning goals
  1. Learn how to sketch within a limited amount of time to create better-looking work.
  2. Learn how using a limited number of tools will allow you to approach sketching situations faster.
  3. Learn a few great techniques that will allow you to capture the moment faster.

Workshop location
Boston MA, USA
(Exact Location will be notified via email. It will be in a convenient location close to the T and for people coming by car too)

July 15th, 2017

Workshop Schedule/details

For this workshop, a 28 page booklet will be printed out and given to all the participants. The booklet will cover everything listed below and major sections will be covered in detail during the session. Participants will have something to take home with them for reference later on too.

1. Introduction – 15 min
Discuss the fundamentals of the sketching approach/philosophy of this workshop: the balance between Time and Energy, and why it’s delightful to create sketches all inside a limited situation.

2. Tools/Technique/Tips overview. Small Demo. Overall approach/ Straight to ink – 10 min
Overview of the 5 basic tools will be shown. Emphasis will be placed on the usage of the “fude” fountain pen and why it can be used to create an entire sketch using this 1 pen. A few tips/tricks about the pen will be covered, and then will jump right into showing a live demo of sketching from real life while setting a rough theme/composition.

3. Sketch on own 45 min
I will go around working individually with everyone and answering any questions.

4. Small Demo: Straight color to paper – 10min
Water coloring tools and techniques will be covered. In the “Sketch NOW” technique color is not mixed on the palette but is mostly done on the sketch page. 4 different approaches on how various colors are created will be shown. Minimal mixing of colors means the sketches will be done faster and the colors will unlikely come out muddy, a common problem with watercolor when colors are mixed too much.

5. Sketch on own 45 min
I will go around working individually with everyone and answering any questions.

6. Lecture/small demo: Finishing off a sketch: Annotation and Graphics/Logos – 10 min
Tips on how to finish off a sketch on location or later on will be discussed. We will be covering tips on what makes a sketch fun to view later on when adding stories, graphics, and logos relevant to the sketch that was done.

7. Sketch on own 45 min
I will go around working individually with everyone and answering any questions.

8. (Optional) Move onto lunch for a casual chat over our sketches
Since it will be lunch time, we can move onto a nearby place to eat for conversations and answering any other questions there might be.

Supply list
Materials/ tools that participants should bring.

1) Sketchbook. Any size/format that best works for you. My personal favorite is the Stillman & Birn landscape ring binder format in the size of 10” x 7”.

2) Fude Fountain Pen. These are the pens that have a bent tip to them allowing you to create thin to thick lines all in 1 pen. Various manufacturer’s make them (Hero, Duke etc) but my recommendation is the Sailor brush fountain pen. (Pen alternatives: You can use other fountain pens or water proof pens if you would like but be sure to bring 1 thin and 1 thick.) Here is an economy priced versions of the Sailor Fude pen which is quite nice. Green-Nib-Angle-55-Degrees/pd/4541

3) Ink: Since we’ll be using watercolor on top of the lines, it is best to use a converter for the fountainpens and pick an ink that is waterproof. Noodler’s black or Lexington Gray works very well, and so does Platinum Carbon Ink.
Please note: the cartridge that originally comes with the Sailor Fude pen is not waterproof so please try to get the converter with waterproof ink. Otherwise bring along other pens that are waterproof such as Micron Pigma pens.

4) Water brush. 1 brush is all you need and it will easily last you a couple of years!
Medium tip is a nice size.

5) A small Water color kit. Any water kit is fine, but if you do not have one a nice intro kit can be purchased from Sakura Koi. I used the Koi for years, but then later have continued to use the outer case with colors removed with new colors added in from Holbein. I recommend having at least 18 colors. sh/pd/2896

6) White Gel Pen
Sakura Gelly Roll 08 is a nice white gel pen to add highlights in the end.

Registration fee
$50 per person
Please contact for space availability and paypal link.

*Cancellations up to June 30th, 2017 will be refunded the full amount minus a cancellation fee of $5. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after July 1st. Thank you for your understanding.

Maximum Number of Participants
15 (minimum 8)
*In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Pay Pal Fees.

About Mike:
Mike Daikubara began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to be able to communicate faster and better at his design day job. He now sketches daily to see, understand and enjoy! A Japanese-American, Mike grew up living in Tokyo and New York City. He’s currently the Director of Brand and Design Development responsible for Industrial Design and Graphic Design disciplines at a Boston-based kitchen and bath manufacturer.

Mike has been an Urban Sketchers correspondent for Boston since 2012 and has self-published 7 sketch-related books to date. He is excited to announce his first official book to be published by Quarry books in the fall of 2017 which will be titled the same as this workshop: “Sketch NOW Think Later”.




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