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 Workshop: Wink and Squint

Wink and Squint : Draw correct proportion and capture light and shadow using primaries.

This is a basic course to learn how to measure and draw the object's correct proportion.

In the first half time you'll learn measuring method (just like art school students do) using handle of a pencil as measuring device. One important tip is to see things with one eye. This way you can see the vast view in front of you like seeing a flat picture.

The second half time, you'll capture light and shadow using primary colors only. This helps you to avoid being obsessed with copping local colors, if anything, achieving harmonious order in the drawing. The tip here is to squint to see value.

First, I'll give demo. I'll show how to measure relative ratio, angle, using handle of pencil, to develop correct proportion for fifteen minutes. When I figure out one part of correct proportion, (it becomes a measure of my drawing).
I'll keep comparing relative ratio using its hight (or width ) to every other parts. By doing this, my drawing's relativity must become pretty correct in proportion. Then everyone do the same for one hour.
I'll give one by one guidance during this session.

Second half time, I'll give next demo using primary colors only on top of the colored pencil drawing for thirty minutes. This way I pay attention more on relative contrast ( like tone drawing) but the drawing will still have relative likeness in hue and chroma. The idea is: mixing these three colors to make any color you desire is up to how you control relative portion of pigments.

I'll show how to make vivid, light, dark, and dull toned colors; and how to apply them to make receding feel as well as protruding feel to give depth in your drawing.
Then everyone do the same method for one hour or more. I'll give one by one guidance during this session.
In the last fifteen minutes, I'll have Q&A, feedback time.

Learning Goals:
1. To get used to measure relative ratio and draw correct proportion much effortlessly.
2. To master analyzing how the certain area receive more light than the area next it, instead of looking for what exact local color each is.
3. Become skilled in controlling hue and chroma using minimal number of pigments.

Schedule and Fee:
Friday, May 10th, 2019:
・Morning class (from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.)
・Afternoon class (from 13:30 pm to 16:30 pm.)
2000 Yen, cash collected on location.

Sakuragicho area in Yokohama Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

Supply list
- Colored pencil (brighter color such as orange, red, or purple)
- Watercolor (we will use only Red, Yellow and Blue. If you bring your normal pallet which contains these three colors, that's fine. Any type of these colors will be ok as well)
- Sketchbook for multi media, medium size.
- Pen/ballpoint pen (this is optional. if you want to add more detail after painting, go ahead)
- Stool

20 attendees maximum, 5 minimum










1. 相対的比率の測り方を身につけ、正しいプロポーションが楽に捉えられるようになること。
2. 実際の物体が何色をしているのか、ではなく、あるパートが隣り合うエリアに対しどれほどより光を受けているかを見てとれるようになること。
3. 限られた色数を使いながら色相、彩度のコントロールが身につくこと。

・午前クラス (9:30 am 〜 12:30 pm)
・午後クラス (13:30 pm 〜16:30 pm)

桜木町エリア 横浜

-ペン、ボールペン (これらはオプションで。よりディテールを描き込みたい場合最後にお好みで)





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