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

Good Bones | Seattle, Perspective & Watercolor Workshop

Good sketches start with Good Bones. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up the foundation of a great architectural sketch, starting with a practical understanding of perspective and finishing up with an intro to watercolor tools and techniques. Perspective is easy, once you know what to look for!

Learning goals:

To celebrate summer in Seattle, the workshop will be held at the Seattle Center, home to the iconic Space Needle and the 1962 World Fair. It’s a great pedestrian-only campus filled with interesting buildings, spaces, food, fountains, trees, and much more.

Good Bones Day 1 | Friday: Perspective at Seattle Center Armory

· In a classroom setting with an interactive PowerPoint presentation, we’ll learn perspective
  basics and a simple step-by-step process to construct an architectural perspective sketch.
· Learn how to measure proportions and relationships of spatial elements
· Learn what to look for when sketching perspective on location—how to find your eye level
  and VP’s

Good Bones Day 2 | Saturday: Watercolor at Seattle Center Armory

· Introduction to basic watercolor tools and techniques, using a simple palette of colors
· Learn how to use watercolor to enhance the sense of space in your sketches
· Learn techniques for painting trees and skies

Good Bones Day 3 | Sunday (half day): Sketchwalk

· Put your new knowledge into practice on Sunday morning. Location to be determined.

Workshop Schedule

THURSDAY, August 16 — 5:30pm Meet & Greet 
     at the Seattle Center Fountain (optional) 

     Bring your own food and drink for a picnic in the park. Great grocery stores are nearby.

FRIDAY, August 17 -- Perspective

     Morning INDOOR SKETCHING, classroom at Seattle Center Armory
     8:30am Arrive at the Seattle Center Armory meeting room 1A (3rd floor)
     9:00am-12:00pm Instruction and sketching
     12:00-1:00pm Lunch break in the Armory (lots of food vendors close by)
     1:00-3:30pm Demo, then sketch together as a group
     3:30-4:00pm Throw down for crit and review

SATURDAY, August 18 – Watercolor 

     Morning (outdoors if the weather is nice, in the Armory if it’s raining.)
     8:30am Arrive at Seattle Center Armory, meet indoors near Starbucks
     9:00-12:00pm Demos, watercolor instruction and sketching
     12:00-1:00 Lunch break (lots of food vendors close by) 
     1:00-3:30 Demos, sketch together as a group
     3:30-4:00 Throw down for crit and review

SUNDAY, August 19 – Open Sketchwalk

     10:00am-12:30pm Put it all together in an open sketchwalk, location to be determined. 
     12:30-1:00pm Meet Seattle sketchers and review sketches!
     1:00-1:30pm Wrap up and crits for workshop participants.

Supply list

Instructor will email supply list to registered participants.

Workshop fee:

Workshop Fee is $290 payable by July 31, 2018. Payment can be made by check to 
“Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration” or for foreign participants, by PayPal (transaction charges will be added.)

Once you are registered, please mail a check made out to 
"Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration" to:

     Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration
     2411 9th Ave. W.
     Seattle, WA 98119 USA

Registration opens July 5, 2018
To sign up, contact Stephanie by email at
First come, first served. A waiting list will be created.

Cancellation policy:

In the unforeseen event the workshop is cancelled, all fees will be reimbursed.
No refunds for cancellations received after August 2, 2018.

Number of participants: 
15 max

Good Bones is open to any level of experience, but targeted to beginners and sketchers who want to improve their basic sketching and understanding of perspective and watercolor.

Workshop Instructor:

STEPHANIE BOWER is a Seattle-based architect, architectural illustrator, teacher, watercolor painter, and traveling Urban Sketchers correspondent. Stephanie graduated in both Architecture and Interior Design and worked as a licensed Architect in New York City before gravitating to architectural illustration. 

She has taught architectural sketching for over 25 years-- for a decade in NYC at Parsons and in Seattle at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Stephanie has also taught at Urban Sketchers Symposiums in Brazil, Singapore, Manchester, and Chicago, and will teach at Asia-Link Sketchwalk in Taiwan in October 2018. In 2017, she taught in Australia, Italy and Oxford UK and gave a demo in Mumbai, India! In 2019, she’ll teach in Spain, and in 2020 sketching châteaux in the Loire Valley, both through French Escapades. 

Stephanie is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. In both 2013 & 2012, she was honored with the prestigious KRob award for Best Travel Sketch, in 2013 she received the Gabriel Prize fellowship for 3 months of sketching in France, and the following year was awarded the NIAUSI 2014 fellowship for a 2-month project in Italy. 

Stephanie teaches “Perspective for Sketchers” and “Essentials for Sketching Architecture” online at, and is the author of the book The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective. 

Architectural Illustration Website:
Sketches, on Instagram: @stephanieabower




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