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

USk Weekend in Prague: educational event

To register, click here or contact

We all know about Design weeks or Fashion weeks around the world. They are like pop-up events, moving people to a city with the same purpose.

In 2016, inside a small office in New York, trying to think ahead the education of Urban Sketchers along with Elizabeth Alley, Suma CM and Brenda Murray, the concept of having an Urban Sketchers Weekend came to my mind... a strong weekend with all the education potential of Urban Sketchers: theoretical knowledge, educational instruction and the fun of meeting new people just to sketch together.

Well, two years later, the USk Prague Chapter contacted me to organize a workshop. It was the perfect moment to propose this concept. A complete weekend with the experience divided into three moments you need to have to start being an urban sketcher: 

1 - A lecture about different artists who used sketchbooks to draw their daily life starting with Delacroix, Picasso, Goya, and Le Corbusier examples among other historical authors, but also contemporary artists like Gabi Campanario who start the movement Urban Sketchers, Lapin, Shari Balukopf, Behzad Bagheri, TIA Boon Sim, Paul Wong, Veronica Lawlor, Rita Sabler or Fred Lynch, among others. 

2 - A workshop about the fundamentals of being an urban sketcher with exercises to not fear the first page of the sketchbook, understand that seeing is the first step to start sketching, and how the colors can change the story of the sketch. 

3 - A sketchwalk with all the sketchers who want to understand the spirit of Urban Sketchers Community. 

Learning goals 

1. Understand, briefly, the history of sketching on sketchbooks; 
2. Learn how to start using a sketchbook in your daily life; 
3. Improve your drawing skills; 
4. Learn how to select parts of what we see on a page; 
5. Experience the advantages of group learning and seeing the many paths to success; 
6. Experience what Urban Sketchers is all about. 

Workshop location

Prague, Czech Republic 

15-17, June 2018


Supply list
- Sketchbook; 
- Black waterproof pen; 
- Colored pen (blue, green or other); 
- Watercolor pan set; 
- Water brush; 
- All the other materials you like to use.

About the instructor

Mário Linhares (Lisbon, Portugal) studied at the Artistic School António Arroio. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design, an academic graduation in Equipment Design, and a master’s degree in Visual Arts Education. Draws compulsively and idealizes artistic and humanitarian projects. Is married, have one son, and draws on the sketchbooks his wife makes. Enjoys walking, taking public transportation and discussing ideas with friends. He founded Urban Sketchers Portugal chapter in 2009. blog . USk . USkP . instagram

Registrations (100% will be donated to USk):
Early bird (before March 18th): 1100 CZK [~ $54 or 43,50€]
Normal registration (after March 18th): 1500 CZK [~$74 or ~ 59€]

Registration closes on June 6th.
Cancellation refund policy:
100% refund if registration is cancelled by March 18th.
50% refund if cancelled from March 19th to June 6th.
No refund if cancelled after June 6th.

Click here to register or contact
You can sponsor this workshop. Contact us to know how.

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