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".
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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

Drawing Attention June 2017



President’s Message

I write to you this month with a heavy heart as I think of all the victims of the bombing last week in Manchester. My heart goes out to all those innocent people and their families and friends. As you know, Urban Sketchers hosted its 7th International Symposium in Manchester in July 2016. The warm welcome we received from the host team and from Mancunians around the city was legendary. The nearly five hundred sketchers who attended the symposium, and thousands more around the world, join me in sending our condolences, love, and warmest wishes to our friends in Manchester.

If you are moved to help, here are two reputable places to donate: British Red Cross and the crowdfunding effort set up by Manchester Evening News.

We are a global community of people engaged in on-location sketching. In addition to that, we sketchers develop strong friendships through sharing online and meeting in person at workshops, 10x10 classes, sketchwalks, and the annual symposium. We will continue to engage globally to build understanding, especially in the face of such terrible efforts to drive wedges between us. Take care, everyone. Be good to each other, and let's continue to support each other in one of the best ways we know how, through sketching and sharing our lives--the good, the bad, and the hopeful for the future.
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Volunteer Fundraising Team Members

USk is seeking volunteer team members to help fundraise. We are looking for people who can help negotiate Symposium sponsorships, organize grant writing, and set up tracking studies. We need help from everywhere, but would appreciate representation of volunteers in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Please contact Joel: berman@urbansketchers.org

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Volunteer Grant Writer

The Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteer Grant Writers to help prepare applications for funding provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust. Experience with foundations preferred. You are detail-oriented, enjoy doing some online research and have excellent written communication skills. 4-10 hours/month. To apply email a CV and letter of interest to Joel Berman: berman@urbansketchers.org.
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Volunteer Instagram Aficionados

Join the USk Volunteer Instagram team! USk is seeking two temporary volunteer Instagram Aficionados to help with our social media needs during the symposium in Chicago July 29-29, 2017. Attendance at the symposium is required. Applicants must already be Basic Pass holders.

To apply, please contact Brenda@urbansketchers.org. Please briefly describe your personal experience with Instagram and with Urban Sketchers.



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Volunteer Twitter Aficionados

Join the USk Volunteer Twitter team! USk is seeking two temporary volunteer Twitter aficionados to help promote the upcoming International USk Symposium in Chicago on July 29-29, 2017. Attendance at the symposium is required. Applicants must already be Basic Pass holders.

To apply, please contact andrewbanks87@gmail.com. Please provide your Twitter handle and briefly describe your personal experience with Twitter and the Urban Sketchers group.



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10 Years 10 Classes


To celebrate our 10th anniversary, the Education Committee launched the 10x10 Program. Thirty-two cities from around the world are participating (so far) each committing to organize 10 classes--that's 320 classes! We want to see as many people sketching as possible!

Click HERE to participate in a class near you.

If your regional chapter would like to participate in the 10x10 program, it’s not too late!

Contact Mário Linhares at mario@urbansketchers.org
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Sketch Tour Portugal


In celebration of our 10th anniversary in 2017 Urban Sketchers, in partnership with the Tourism Office of Portugal (TP), have organized a sponsored sketching trip called Sketch Tour Portugal.

From June 19-26, USk and the TP will send Jenny Adam from Frankfurt, Germany who will sketch with Portuguese host Alexandra Baptista in beautiful São Miguel and the Pico islands, Portugal.

The sketchers will sketch a minimum of 6 drawings per day. The TP will use sketches made during the trip to promote Portugal in different events such as at fairs, in postcards, on social media, and at exhibitions.

We wish Jenny and Alexandra happy travels and happy sketching!


USk Executive Board of Directors
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Bring a Workshop to your Chapter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFPpwquZlGI

Meet Rob Sketcherman

Urban Sketchers organizes workshops taught by our top instructors in collaboration with USk chapters around the world. If you would like to bring an official USk workshop to your chapter, start the conversation with our Education Director, Mario Linhares at education@urbansketchers.org.
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Upcoming Workshops

USk is pleased to announce new workshops coming in 2017!

ttp://www.urbansketchers.org/2017/05/evoking-sense-of-place-canterbury-uk.html

June 30 - July 2: Evoking a Sense of Place

with Simone Ridyard and Pat Southern-Pearce, in Canterbury, UK

Pat Southern-Pearce: Lettering Layout and a Sense of Place
This workshop is about capturing the essense of a place, drawing buildings in a fluid line against the sky, catching the energies and reflections in windows and water, confidence building in lettering and experimentation with sketching.

Simone Ridyard: An Urban Sketcher’s Guide to Figuring out Perspective

This is an energetic and lively workshop focusing primarily on the basic principles of one and two-point perspective through demonstrations, tips, techniques and exercises that were covered in my book Archisketcher.

For more information about this workshop, click HERE
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http://www.urbansketchers.org/2017/04/a-stage-and-its-stars-urban-sketching_30.html


July 13-15, 2017

A Stage & its Stars!

with Róisín Curé, Miguel Herring and Inma Serrano, in Galway, Ireland

Inma Serrano will concentrate on the dramatis personae - the quick, lively sketch-portraits that bring any sketch to life, and their urban settings. Róisín loves to exaggerate colour and show the light conditions to their best advantage...through the use of shadows, light source and a bright, fresh palette. Miguel Herranz will focus on the script - the art of storytelling. With his expert draughtsmanship and eye for detail he will show you how to pick out the elements that will bring excitement and interest to your sketching practice.

For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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http://www.urbansketchers.org/2017/05/urbanescapes-pysb-rotterdam17.html

August 23-26, 2017

Urban (E)Scapes

with Isabel Carmona, Inma Serrano and Miguel Herranz, in Rotterdam, Netherlands

In this workshop, we want to explore the city’s vibrancy and cultural richness and diversity, we will look into its past to understand its present. To do so we consider the moving environment, as much of people in the city daily life as of buildings in the changing fabric of the architectural and urban environment. We aim to introduce time into our sketches and stories.

For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3VdnyEewlo&feature=youtu.be

Click on the video link above for more information.

June 21-24, 2017
Life Stories - Pushing Your Sketching Boundaries

with Isabel Carmona, Swasky and Miguel Herranz, in Bristol, UK

For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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http://www.urbansketchers.org/2016/12/puzzling-out-picture-new-york-city-may_27.html


September 8 - 10, 2017


Puzzling out the Picture

with Veronica Lawlor in New York City

Many times, when a sketcher arrives at a busy urban location, there is a sense of being overwhelmed. So many people moving in so many different directions; so many buildings towering above; so many shops; so many cars; so many signs; so much of so many! This workshop will teach you how to puzzle it all out, bringing the pieces together in a wide picture full of dimension and graphic expression, which ultimately can tell the story of a place.

For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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A Change of Plans…

by Brenda Murray

Sometimes our best laid plans go awry. That is the case this summer with USk instructor Majid Modir who happily accepted USk’s invitation to teach at the Chicago symposium but his visa application was denied.


Iranian-born, Majid lived for 30 years in Sweden (and has a Swedish passport) but now lives in Italy. No clear explanation was given for being denied entry and USk worked hard to assist him but we were unsuccessful.

Majid is an artist, photographer and graphic designer, who graduated in Graphic Design & Illustration (MFA) at The Swedish University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack). As creative director he runs his own design studio and teaches motion graphics at The College of Design (Beckmans) in Stockholm. He is a member of the Swedish Artist’s Association (SKF), the Swedish Center of Photography (CFF) and is a jury member of the European Broadcast Design Award (BDA & Promax). Majid has been showing his watercolors and other works in a number of separate and group exhibitions in Scandinavian countries for the past 30 years. Just last month Majid taught a USk workshop in Volterra, Italy called “Frame the World Differently” and has co-taught workshops with Simo Capecchi in 2014 and 2016.


Plans are in place to celebrate Majid’s work at the Chicago symposium with an exhibition that will be held in the Goodman Centre, the main venue.

“Sketch by Majid Modir”
Fortunately Maru Godas from Barcelona has graciously agreed to step in and replace Majid at the symposium and everyone who registered for Majid’s workshop has been informed.

Maru will be teaching a workshop called “Gouache like a child” and her beautiful sketches and illustrations may be viewed HERE.

USk is committed to our global community. Over the past 10-year history of Urban Sketchers, strong bonds of friendship have been formed between USk sketchers online and in person that cross barriers of all sorts. We have learned from each other and are better for it. We hope to see Majid at future symposiums and we will be keeping an eye out for one of Majid’s workshops.


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Sketch Tour Portugal Goes to Fátima

by Pedro Louriero


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7dlflGSD7o




The first journey of the Sketch Tour Portugal initiative brought urban sketchers Kasia Szybka from Krakow, Eduardo Bajzek from São Paulo, Rob Sketcherman from Hong Kong and Fernanda Lamelas from Lisbon to spend a few days together sketching in a Portuguese little town called Fátima. May the 13th saw around one million pilgrims arriving in town. Amongst them none other than Pope Francis himself. The day marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Holy Mother to three local shepherd children. The event is a cornerstone of the Catholic faith and annually brings millions of pilgrims from around the world to visit the sanctuary and the shrine built upon the site of the apparitions.


Sketch by Eduardo Bajzek


Eduardo had been in Fátima ten years prior, but this time he felt overwhelmed by the immense crowd of devotees. “My focus of sketching is on architecture [but] it was impossible not to sketch people!” “Pilgrims were coming into the sanctuary on their knees, on their elbows. I had never seen that kind of devotion before.” Rob confesses. His focus on his first sketch in Fátima was of a little girl expressing her faith alongside adult pilgrims by crawling on her knees. “People around us were focused, so they weren’t bothered at all with being sketched” Fernanda tells. Being catholic and a native of Portugal, Fernanda has been to Fátima many times before and, being the host, she researched on the subject to keep the visiting sketchers up to date. She ended up learning about and sketching, for instance, that an angel appeared to the children a year prior to the Holy Mother, and where they used to live and keep their sheep.



Sketch by Kasia Szybka


Kasia’s art comes very close to illustration. “I like to play with the lines” she giggles. While being most comfortable sketching architecture - her black line sketches of the basilica of Fátima displaying her talent - Kasia committed to sketch people. Her raw linework effectively turned bunches of heterogeneous pilgrims into a single many-faced character, and in her laid-back, humorous sketches, one can sense the common purpose of the people visiting Fátima. “Nowadays it’s so hard to believe in something, and I really admire and appreciate their faith.”

Sketch by Fernanda Lamelas


The sketchers didn’t manage to get near the Pope. “Although I’m not catholic,” Rob shares, “there’s a particular warmth and powerful humanity about Pope Francis, so I was excited about his arrival.” When the Pope finally arrived, Kasia was moved by the silence that suddenly took over the crowd. “I was amazed that one guy could make so many people quiet”. Movie and rock stars have the opposite effect, Rob smiles. “Such a respectful silence! Such patience! It was very profound!”


Sketch by Rob Sketcherman

Rob took a few days to travel around and concludes “Portugal is a sketcher’s paradise. It’s got this unique mix of not being too dense, being extremely walkable, and having amazing things around every corner.” Of all the destinations in the Portugal Sketch Tour, Fátima is unique in that it’s a metaphysical experience, as Fernanda concludes that, even to non-believers “It is impossible not to be touched by the Fátima experience”.

Click these links to see the sketches by Rob, Kasia, Fernanda and Eduardo.

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Hosting the Symposium: Singapore’s Story

by Lauren McVittie


When Tia Boon Sim, affectionately known as “Madam Tia”, was considering hosting the 2015 USk Symposium in Singapore, her first thought was "if not now, when?"

Singapore was celebrating 50 years of independence that year. Funding, sponsorship and support was generous, and Tia knew this would be the best time to host a symposium.

The chapter was experienced in organizing talks, exhibitions, workshops, and other community activities, so hosting a symposium was the next step. Volunteers were encouraged to take their experience up a notch and become workshop leaders and conduct classes. “What I treasure most is not how many sketching stars we have but the unsung heroes behind the scenes keeping this chapter alive since November 2009,” says Tia.

After hosting the symposium, the Singapore chapter noticed more and more international sketchers wanting to join them to sketch and many even plan their trips to coincide with the regular sketchwalk on the last Saturday of the month.


Tia is proud of the chapter’s contributions to the region and the progress they have made. This summer, they are hosting USk10x10 and ASEAN50, a weeklong event with 10 workshops to celebrate 10 years of Urban Sketchers and 50 years of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). In addition to workshops, there will be an exhibition of sketches, sketchwalks and other fringe events. The week will culminate in Global Community Day, a celebration of cultural diversity.


“People are drawn in by our sketching,” says Tia. The chapter is often invited by public agencies to take part in community outreach and events. “The joy of sketching and the spirit of Urban Sketchers is infectious.”

Tia’s tip to symposium organizers: “Build the team, exercise empowerment and trust for volunteers - we were all volunteers in the team as host for the 6th USK Symposium. Give them time and space to carry out the tasks they have to do on their parts. “
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See Your sketch on the Website Flag & Facebook Cover



Urban Sketchers Singapore member and correspondent Don Low sketching at Joo Chiat Road in Singapore.


If you’re interested in submitting a sketch to be considered for the USk website flag and USk Facebook Page cover photo, check the submission guidelines HERE (scroll to the bottom of the page) and send your sketch to shiho@urbansketchers.org.
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A Day in the Life of an Urban Sketcher

“A Day in the Life of an Urban Sketcher” celebrates the lives of sketchers around the world and how they share work online. This monthly social media event will feature nine sketchers from six continents who will be sharing a day in their life in a USk Instagram and Twitter takeover. The featured sketcher will show their world, one drawing at a time by sharing approximately 6-10 posts on Instagram and Twitter during their day. Watch Drawing Attention and social media for an introduction to each sketcher. Sketches will be archived HERE

This month Urban Sketcher Mark Alan Anderson from Kansas City, Missouri will share his “A Day in the Life of an Urban Sketcher” on June 3.

You can follow the “A Day in the Life of an Urban Sketcher” @urbansketchers on Instagram and Twitter and check out the hashtag #uskdayinthelife.

Not on Instagram or Twitter? You can see the sketches on our website by clicking HERE


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USk New York Featured in Hearst Publication

by Ann Schwartzwald

Urban Sketchers love to draw and explore the unexpected gems at the heart of our cities. One such place is the Hearst Tower in New York City. Mark Leibowitz, Admin of USk NYC, describes it as “an intriguing landmark in NYC... a combination of old and new architecture. The outside is interesting but all the architectural reviews raved about the interior space and the innovative design. The problem, as an Urban Sketcher, is that the building is not open to the public.”

The six-story base of the building was commissioned by the founder, William Randolph Hearst and completed in 1928. This original facade is preserved in the new design. Because of the Great Depression, the rest of the tower was never built, but nearly 80 years later, there is now a contemporary version of that tower. It has the distinction of being the first "green" high-rise office building in New York City, incorporating a number of environmental innovations.

NYC Urban Sketcher Leslie Sim, who works as a creative director at Hearst, knew the right people to ask for access to the building. Leslie explains, “they seemed delighted to have us come admire and record their NYC Headquarters. The one condition was that we had to agree to show our completed work to our contacts at Hearst. They became so enthused about our efforts that they initially wanted to have a show of our work in the lobby. They suggested making large prints that would be on display. At a later meeting someone suggested that as a renowned publisher a more natural way to share our work would be to create a book, a promotion piece that would be available to visitors and staff.” 

And so it was that USk NYC came to Hearst Tower on Feb. 11, 2017. The NYC sketchers who have work featured in the book are: Leslie Sim, Sonia Idelsohn, Suzala, Peggy Roalf, Joan Tavolott, Ruth Westfall, Andrea Peláez Martínez, Shawne Cooper, Laura Gardner, Donald Han, Brad Marshall, Juan Matiz and Mark Leibowitz.

This unique publication is not for sale, and is meant to be distributed free to visitors. The books are on display in the lounge area where visitors wait to be escorted up to meetings in the building. Participating artists received copies starting April 15, with much gratitude to the Hearst Corporation for this exciting experience.
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Share Your Chapter's News with Our Readers

Contact us to share your chapter’s news, special events, joint meetups, and exhibitions with our readers. You don’t need to write the story yourself. We will assign a super cool DA writer like Lauren McVittie to cover your story. Contact us at uskdrawingattention@gmail.com.







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Fred Lynch: Sketching Vignettes and Visual Lists

by Meagan Burns 


The Urban Sketchers' Manifesto clearly defines what is Urban Sketching, but there are countless ways to communicate our personal style of sketching. Fred Lynch, a Boston-based professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Urban Sketcher since 1999, helps stretch the ways in which we share our observations of the scenes in front of us, with his Manchester workshop, “Vignettes and Visual Lists”.

In Fred’s workshop, which also happens to be a part of his RISD curriculum, two age-old vehicles of visual communication are considered: the vignette and the visual list, which focus on the parts before us rather than the whole, and allow for us to talk about things differently.

vignette is an irregularly shaped image on a page that isolates and draws attention to a particular subject before us. Vignettes interact with the white of the page (negative space) and respond to viewers’ need for a sense of gravity. A visual list is a page with an arrangement of vignettes or objects that make a singular statement. Imagine a page filled with sketches of taxicabs, pub signs, or public sculptures. A list can reveal more than a single scene. It’s an interesting alternative for describing a place or sharing an interest.



https://youtu.be/N_Xl6NTYHIo



Both vehicles create interest in a subject and clearly communicate this interest. If this is a new approach to sketching, “draw what you are enthusiastic about, rather than drawing what you anticipate others will like. Be personal and self-serving. Drawings should come from the heart and head, as well as the hand.”

Fred is a professor of Illustration at (RISD) the Rhode Island School of Design. He was for a long time, a professor and department chair at Montserrat College of Art, and continues to teach for their Summer Studies Program in Italy.

When not teaching, Fred creates artwork and illustrations that are published and exhibited all over the world.
Click HERE to meet Fred and click HERE to read Fred's 2016 Vignettes Symposium Workshop Notes.
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Liz Steel: Architecture in Edges, Shapes and Volumes

by Lauren McVittie



Ten years ago, Liz Steel didn’t know how to use a paintbrush. Now, she’s an experienced instructor and has already taught nine workshops this year alone.



The Urban Sketchers Sydney member and professional architect had a turning point in her sketching career when she discovered a pan watercolour field kit and has since filled many sketchbooks with on location work. Steel teaches workshops on architecture, watercolour, foundational sketching skills and travel sketching, but her favourite is teaching people how to tell a story through their sketch.

Her workshop at last year’s symposium in Manchester focused on teaching people to see edges and shapes in architecture, and loosen up their style to have a bit more fun.

“Many people think that they have to achieve perfect perspective and draw every detail in order to sketch buildings,” she explains. “But if they focus on the big shapes and look for the important edges, they will be able to achieve much more lively architecture sketches.”



Photo by Marc Van Liefferinge

This year’s symposium in Chicago will build on those techniques. Participants will learn how to speed up drawing of complex buildings. This will involve a number of exercises to study the underlying structure of the building and also how the light is hitting it. Sketchers will then combine the two concepts using line and shape to capture buildings more accurately without getting bogged down in details.


And for Liz Steel, that’s what sketching is all about – exploring and having fun with it without letting yourself get caught up in details.


To learn more about Liz, please click HERE.


To download Liz’s workshop notes from the 2016 symposium, click HERE.  _______________________________________________________________________

Parka Reviews

by Teoh Yi Chie


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_jfmgvsEV0



Teoh Yi Chie is an infographics journalist who joined Urban Sketchers Singapore in 2009. He's probably better known as Parka from Parkablogs.com a website that reviews art books and art products.



This month Parka video reviews Daniel Smith Walnut ink. Check it out!
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Drawing Attention Mandate 

Drawing Attention, the official monthly newsletter of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events; shares news about USk chapters; and educates readers about the practice of on-location sketching.
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Thanks to this month’s Drawing Attention contributors

Managing Editor: Brenda Murray
Copy Editor: Lauren McVittie
Mailchimp layout: Suzi Briggs
Website layout: Joann Sondy
Writer: Meagan Burns
Writer: Ann Schwartzwald
Writer: Lauren McVittie
Writer: Amber Sausen
Writer: Pedro Louriero
Contributor: Parka
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To subscribe to Drawing Attention click HERE.
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Drawing Attention circulation: ­­­­5,582 (May 2017)
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