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

On Assignment. Workshop with Gabi Campanario in Ischia, Italy, October 4/8

update: flip The Ischia Sketcher journal

VI Naples Urban Sketchers Workshop
On Assignment: Reportage from Ischia Island
Castello Aragonese, Ischia island, October 4/8, 2017

WHAT: A sketch-journalism workshop for artists interested in honing their craft as visual storytellers, especially those urban sketchers seeking to publish their work in magazines or newspapers.
WHO: With Gabi Campanario (guest artist and instructor), Simo Capecchi and Caroline Peyron (instructors), Cristina Portolano (guest correspondent) and Franco Lancio (art director and guest artist)
WHERE: Ischia Island, Naples, Italy
WHEN: Oct. 4-8, 2017
WHY: Because stories need to be told with drawings.

Workshop Description
The popular Naples Urban Sketchers workshop is back! This year attendees will put on a hat as special correspondents to report and sketch life in Ischia Island, a small but densely populated enclave near Naples that is about half the size of Manhattan.
We are glad to have as a guest artist Gabi Campanario, a Seattle-based journalist and illustrator best known for his Seattle Times column Seattle Sketcher and the founder of Urban Sketchers.

With the help of instructors Simo Capecchi, Caroline Peyron and Gabi Campanario, “On Assignment” attendees will report from Ischia’s picturesque fishing villages and historic sites, including the impressive Castello Aragonese, a medieval castle built on top of a rocky islet more than two thousand years ago. Young Italian illustrator and comic artist Cristina Portolano will be part of our reporters team. Our art director Franco Lancio will exhibit a large dimension installation: Brunone or the Sperm whale.

“On Assignment” will cover practical tips to sketch and report from the field, and topics such as story selection, interviewing and sketching people, developing sources, working with editors and sketching with an audience in mind. 
In the mornings participants will be divided in small groups to follow the three instructors on location and experience their different personal approaches and ways to combine images with words. In the afternoons everyone will work more on his/her assignment, individually or in teams, in a proposed location or subject, together with the three instructors.

And those assignments will have an exciting goal! A selection of sketches and stories will be published in a custom newspaper to be printed on the presses of a local newspaper the last day. The one-of-a-kind edition will honor the tradition of sketch reporting established in the late 1800s by newspapers that routinely dispatched “special artists” to sketch current events. As a nod to one of those periodicals that circulated in Australia and New Zealand between 1873 and 1889, “The Australasian Sketcher,” we will call our newspaper “The Ischia Sketcher.”

Be inspired by past edition 2016:
V Naples Urban Sketchers Workshop 2016

Workshops and instructors

Gabriel Campanario, Vignettes from Ischia Ponte
Location: Ischia Ponte, pier and around

"Show something interesting. Tell something my readers don’t know. Those are some of my objectives when I’m out sketching for my newspaper column. The goal, as with any news report, is to tell something new and timely. Another way to frame this approach is to think of these questions before considering a story: Why now? So what? If I can answer those questions, then 50 percent of my work is done. The rest is the fun part: creating several eye-catching sketches and writing 150 to 200 well-chosen words to be typeset alongside the drawings.
In Ischia Ponte, we’ll be looking for interesting vignettes about unique aspects of this seaside community. Expect to sketch and talk to fishermen, but not any fisherman. How about looking for a beginner who is just starting to learn the trade? Boats are full of stories of maritimes adventures. Wouldn’t it be great to sketch a boat that survived a bad storm? Or find the oldest boat in the harbor and talk to its owner? Serendipity may lead us to good stories. But preparation still matters. If you plan to attend the workshop, research the location in advance, make a list of potential stories and write down questions for your subjects".

We will be making lots of line drawings on the spot and adding color whenever is convenient. Participants may work with their favorite drawing tools. If using a sketchbook, we will try to avoid drawing over the fold so the sketches can be more easily photographed and edited for reproduction in our custom newspaper.

Workshop goals
Learn to identify interesting stories with sketching potential and wide appeal.
Learn tips to work in the field and conduct interviews.
Tips to structure your writing. How to craft a good lead and closing paragraph for your text.
Pitching your work to media and preparing it for publication.
Tips to work with press officers and public relations representatives. Consider this: Are you an independent sketcher or a vehicle to their marketing?

Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario is the author of “Seattle Sketcher: An illustrated Journal of Life in the Puget Sound Region,” and several books about urban sketching. A native of Barcelona, Campanario earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, in 1992, and resides in the United States since 1998. His journalism career spans more than two decades working in newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including La Vanguardia (Barcelona), The Reno-Gazette Journal (Nevada), Diario de Noticias (Lisbon), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), USA TODAY and The Seattle Times. Campanario’s work as a sketch journalist has been recognized by The Society of Professional Journalists and The Society for Features Journalism, and was the subject of a five-month solo exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry in 2014. 

Simo Capecchi, The Sketched Interview
Location: Ischia Ponte and Cartaromana bay 

"I like to write on my drawings: clouds, notes connected with arrows or longer texts. Sometimes is a personal need, just to remember things, other times I work on assignment, like in my back-column for a magazine. 
Last year we met a group of sub operators and archaeologists that are working underwater in Cartaromana bay in front of Castello Aragonese, excavating the remains of Aenaria, ancient city submerged by an earthquake in past centuries: they’ll provide a great subject for our sketched interview, while they will update us on their discoveries. A boat with a transparent bottom will bring us on the spot to follow their activities live". 

How to conduct an interview and be able of report it, how to combine images and words in different ways on the page, how to organize a multitude of informations on a single page or in a sequence: these will be our tasks while sketching on location. 
Examples and tips will be given to help participants to create his/her illustrated reportage and to help everyone to prepare his/her drawings to be published in our newspaper. We'll use simple tools as ink pen and fountains pens to focus more on the composition of images and texts.

Simo Capecchi trained as an architect at the Universities of Venice and Naples (Italy) and currently works as an illustrator. Her drawings appears on magazines and edited collections and have been displayed in many international collective exhibits. Since 2006, she has curated exhibitions and events on travel sketchbooks and helds sketching workshops and courses both in Italy than abroad. She contributes to Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives. She is back-columnist for “Dove”, an Italian travel magazine. 
web + drawings/reportages

Caroline Peyron, The Mnemonic Castle 
Location: gardens and rooms inside the Castello Aragonese 

"I am always impressed, looking back to old drawings, how they immediately make you remember places, times, people and words related to that moment. 
Drawing and memory, so tied together, gave me the idea of recounting Castello Aragonese through the ancient Art of Memory, mnemonic techniques to preserve or enhance memories based on associating a story or a topic to diverse spatial structures - architectures with its rooms, a wardrobe with drawers, a tree with branches - and than using the visual sense to save and recall the memories". 

The Method of Loci for instance involves the creation of a Visual Map of one's house. There has also been a strong link between mnemonic strategies and a Castle architecture, used as a mnemonic device. 

Workshop sessions will be held in one or more Loci, rooms or open spaces chosen in the Castle. In each of them we'll find a different person who will tell us a story related to the Castle. Participants will be guided to organize their page or group of pages to represent and report those stories. 
The words appearing in our drawings will be considered graphic elements as the drawing lines. Looking back at drawings made during this session, the talks heard in each place/room of the castle should easily come to our mind.

Caroline Peyron is a french artist and a teacher living in Naples. Personal exhibitions of her works has been held in severals cultural institutions, last one has been "Cielo" at Museo and Certosa di San Martino in Naples. She has been an art teacher and has held workshops for private schools and public institutions for over twenty years now. She has art classes with children, adolescents and adults both in private schools and museums like Museo di Capodimonte and Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples. 
Since one year Caroline is working with the artist Black Napkin to a project dedicated to the Archives. Among various art works she is filling a series of sketchbooks called "Archives des jours" in which she records her daily life, her readings, her visits: a miscellany, a sort of Zibaldone.  Vimeo:

Cristina Portolano / guest correspondent

Cristina is a comic artist and illustrator that has always a sketchbook with her and who often draws on location while traveling or working on assignments and on personal projects. 
She has published drawn reportages both on websites than on newspapers and magazines. 

This time we invite her to cover our workshop and the stories we are going to witness in Ischia island, and to collaborates in our printed newspaper "The Ischia Sketcher". 
Some or her works will be exhibited during the workshop.

Cristina Portolano is born in Naples in 1986. She studied illustration and comics at Fine Art Academy in Bologna and EnsAD in Paris and currently lives and works in Bologna. She recently published a graphic novel about her girlhood in Naples (Quasi SignorinaTopipittori), has published reportages on the Italian website “Graphic News” and comics, reportages and illustrations on several books, newspapers and magazines.  Website:

Franco Lancio is an architect and a graphic designer based in Naples. In 2008 he created the Urban Sketchers' logo. His artistic works always start from literary references. "Brunone or the Sperm wales" is his largest work so far.

Program  / Open to the public activities in red 

Monday, October 2
16.00 - 19.00 Sketchcrawl in Naples with Gabriel Campanario
From Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. Check on facebook Naples USK group.

Wednesday, October 4 
17.00 welcome and check-in at Castello Aragonese 
18.00 - 19.30 workshop presentation + Gabriel Campanario talk 

Thursday, October 5 
   9.30 - 13.00 (divided in three groups) 
Group A: Gabriel Campanario, Vignettes from Ischia Ponte
Group B: Simo Capecchi, The sketched interview 
Group C: Caroline Peyron, The Mnemonic Castle 
   14.00 - 18.00 (participants and all instructors together) 
Stories from Ischia Ponte, Barano, Sant'Angelo. Participants will work on assignment, in team or small groups to report interesting stories among some proposed by the instructors. Transportation and appointments will be organized. 
   19.30 - 20.00 Editorial meeting and/or deliver drawings and texts in digital form.

Friday, October 6 
   9.30 - 13.00 (divided in three groups) 
Group A: Simo Capecchi, The sketched interview 
Group B: Caroline Peyron, The Mnemonic Castle 
Group C: Gabriel Campanario, Vignettes from Ischia Ponte
   14.00 - 18.00 (participants and all instructors together) 
Stories from Ischia Porto, Casamicciola, Forio. Participants will work on assignment, in team or small groups to report interesting stories among some proposed by the instructors. Transportation and appointments will be organized. 
   19.30 - 20.00 Editorial meeting and/or deliver drawings and texts in digital form.

Saturday, October 7 
   9.30 - 13.00 (divided in three groups) 
Group A: Caroline Peyron, The Mnemonic Castle 
Group B: Gabriel Campanario, Vignettes from Ischia Ponte 
Group C: Simo Capecchi, The sketched interview 
   14.30 - 17.30 (participants and all instructors together) Complete our reportages. Participants will finish their works and/or deliver it in digital form.
   19.00 - 21.00 workshop final exhibit in Castello Aragonese

Sunday, October 8 / open to the public events
   10.00 The Ischia Sketcher is printed and distributed in Ischia Ponte. 
Press Conference.
   11.00 / 16.00 Sketchcrawl. We move to Negombo gardens and thermal Park, in San Montano bay. Following, a botanical and panoramic sketchwalk in Negombo. All group and instructors will have a swim-and-draw party! Lunch and entrance are offered by Negombo. All sketchers are invited! Non-workshop participants, please email to:

Check workshop locations and travel tips on Google MAP 

Registration fee: € 270 including tuition as in the program (food, lodging and transportation along the island are excluded). 10% of income will support the Urban Sketchers association educational programs.  To apply, email to: simo.capecchi(at) 

Participants: max 35, min 15. Any level is welcome, this workshop is about sharing and getting a stronger motivation to draw. 

Language: English will be our main language, Italian translation will be provided if needed. 

SponsorHahnemühle will provide a Report&Art sketchbook A5 and a Britannia watercolor pad for each participant!

Lodging in Ischia: The Albergo il Monastero, located inside the Castello Aragonese of Ischia, will offer workshop participants a special - 20% discount on their rates for a double rooms option but, to get this offer please book as soon as possible as only a few rooms are available and normally get booked months in advance. Email the hotel for more details: ilmonastero(at) 
Other lodgings can be easily found nearby, check hotels or Airbnb in Ischia Ponte village.

The Castello Aragonese is an ancient fortress located on a rocky little island, connected to the main island of Ischia through a bridge built in the fifteenth century. The fortified citadel was made as a defense against pirates and it was the main settlement of Ischia, hosting more than one thousand families, a dozen churches, a convent plus the fortress. Bombed several times, then abandoned and later used as a prison until 1860, the island with its buildings largely reduced in ruins was auctioned and bought by a private in 1912. In past centuries the Aragonese castle has been a favorite subject for countless artists traveling in Italy for their Grand Tour and landed in Ischia. 
In the Castle was born and lived Gabriele Mattera (1929-2005), established Italian artist and son of the castle owner. Hundreds of his large oil paintings are still preserved in his studio, inside the convent. Currently, the fortress itself is inaccessible but most of the other buildings, four churches and the convent has been restored and are used as a venue for exhibitions and hospitality, there is a restaurant, a café, vineyards, olive groves, cultivated fields, in addition to the headquarters of the European Institute of Restoration. The island is open to visitors all year round. From the top you can enjoy a 360 ° view on Ischia and over the Gulf of Naples. Ischia Ponte, near the Castle bridge, in spite of all tourists is still a popular neighborhood and a fisherman village. The castle rock island provide a protected port where fishermen sells their fishes every morning. 

Past editions photos
2016 Ink Workshop with Kiah Kiean / Ischia
2015 Painting in Ischia island / guest Kelly Medford
2014 Collect the city / Naples, guest Nina Johanson
2013 Hidden Naples / guests Lapin and Laura Scarpa
2012 Panoramas, fragments and stories / Naples, guest Laura Scarpa 




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