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

Urban Sketching Bothell Summer Edition with Gabi Campanario

Dates: June 22-24, 2018
Registration is open now!

Hosted by Cloud 9 Art School
18414 103rd Ave NE
Bothell WA 98011

Join the original urban sketcher, Seattle-area artist and journalist Gabi Campanario, for a weekend of learning and exploration around the revitalized downtown of Bothell, Washington.

“Urban Sketching Bothell” consists of a combination of indoor demonstrations at centrally located Cloud9 Art School and practical field sketching sessions at nearby scenic locales such as Bothell Landing, the historic Anderson School McMenamins Hotel and Bothell Country Village.

Lessons taught by Campanario will emphasize creating accurate depictions of urban spaces and human activity and infusing the artwork with a unique personal style. Topics will include choosing and framing subjects, identifying shapes, measuring dimensions and angles and other key steps to make lively sketches that capture a moment and a sense of place.

The workshop is designed for people who have some drawing experience but are not used to drawing from life -or on the fly- directly from observation. This intensive, weekend-long experience is ideal for drawing enthusiasts interested in documenting the world around them and professionals in the fields of design, illustration or architecture who want to refresh or expand their visual skills.

Bothell is a former logging and farming town located 15 miles northeast of Seattle near Lake Washington and Woodinville wine country.

Workshop schedule

Each day begins with a one-hour demo focused on technique: pencil and ink on Saturday and watercolor on Sunday. Following these indoor demos, Campanario will aid participants through additional demos and exercises out in the field. Saturday is dedicated to linework in the morning and values in the afternoon. Sunday is dedicated to color.


5-6 p.m. Check-in and welcome presentation: “The art of urban sketching.” (Location: Cloud9 Art School)

6 p.m. Group dinner (Optional)


9:30-10:30 a.m. Demo 1: Pencil and ink. Keys to mark making. (Location: Cloud9 Art School)

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Field sketching session 1 (McMenamins/Downtown business district)

Linework. This session is all about the foundation of the sketch. Using lines only, we will cover how to establish a focal point; how to get scale and proportions right by measuring dimensions and angles and transfering them to paper; and how to layer a scene into foreground, middleground and background. Thumbnailing before sketching will help us test different compositions before wasting time in weak approaches.

1:30-2 p.m. Break/Lunch

2-5 p.m. Field sketching session 2 (Location: Bothell Landing Park)

Values: How to see in monochrome. We will make value sketches in pencil, ink and watercolor to sharpen our perception of light and shadow in the urban landscape.


9:30-10:30 a.m. Demo 2: Watercolor technique. (Location: Cloud9 Art School)

10:30 a.m.-1:30p.m. Field sketching 3 (Downtown business district)

Color. We will work on adding color to sketches done in previous sessions, learning the application of wet on wet or wet on dry to create soft and hard edges in the desired spots.

1:30-2 p.m. Break/Lunch

2-4 p.m. Town Sketch-Walk (open to the public) at Bothell Country Village and exhibit at Cloud9.

Learning goals
  • Train the eye to see shapes, value and color in outdoor scenes
  • Become comfortable sketching in public
  • Learn to draw standing up
  • Become an urban sketcher and start reaping the benefits of seeing the world in a new way

Registration: $395

Space is limited to 12 attendees, register early to secure your spot!

No refunds for cancellations received less than two weeks before the day of the workshop.
Supply list will be emailed to attendees.

About the instructor
Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is an award winning illustrator, author and journalist best known for his storytelling work as the Seattle Sketcher at The Seattle Times, and as the founder of the global Urban Sketchers movement and nonprofit organization. A native of Barcelona, Campanario has a journalism degree from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, and has resided in the United States since 1998. His career as a newspaper artist 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. You can see more of Gabi’s work on his website, Seattle Times author page, Facebook and Instagram. Bibliography: The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location around the World (Quarry Books, 2012); The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes (Quarry Books, 2014); and The Urban Sketching Handbook: People and Motion (Quarry Books, 2014); Seattle Sketcher, An Illustrated Journal (Pediment Books, 2014).




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