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: People Drawing Party


Workshop information:
This workshop spans 2 days: 

Los Angeles, U.S.A. 
9:30am - 5pm, Saturday, 18 May 2019 
10am - 5pm, Sunday, 19 May 2019 
(with a 1 hour break for lunch) 

San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A. 
9:30am - 5pm, Saturday, 8 June 2019 
10am - 5pm, Sunday, 9 June 2019 
(with a 1 hour break for lunch) 

Instructor: Rob Sketcherman 

Workshop Description 
Drawing people can be really fun, and there’s nothing like adding a variety of characters in your urban sketches to bring them to life. Many sketchers find it hard to sketch subjects that shift, move and disappear, but this whole weekend is dedicated to showing you how. You’ll immerse yourself in studying characters, honing in on details that make your drawing of people actual interesting personalities on the page, whatever you feel your skill level might be. 

I’ll show you an easy way to never forget proportions, so you’ll always know how to figure out not just what goes where, but also how to size it. We’ll learn to simplify and get to the essence of the person you’re drawing, and also look at how to draw faces and expressions. You’ll also learn how to handle subjects that get up or move after you’ve started your sketch. 

Finally, we’ll put everything together and practice finding the human stories in our sketches. How do you capture something quickly, with a few lines and little time? Or build up a large scene if time allows? How do you create focus points, and decide what to leave in and out? We’ll walk around and I’ll share my thought processes, demonstrate how I do a piece, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to then practice and make the sketch your own. I will also go amongst you to help each participant on their individual sketching journey, offering guidance when you want it, and space to experiment when you don’t. 

All levels welcome.

Learning goals 
• Overcome fears of drawing people 
• Fast-track your people-drawing in a weekend 
• Learn to nail proportion every time 
• Get started with faces and expressions 
• Capture varied poses with confidence 
• Learn to deal with moving, vanishing models 
• Discover ways to place personalities in your sketches 
• Secrets to drawing crowds 
• Setting up and filling out the story 

Workshop Locations
Los Angeles and San Francisco, U.S.A. Details will be emailed to participants. 

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Registration and Cost 
Workshop Fee: $295 

Special rate for participants who sign up for both Travel Sketching with your iPad and People Drawing Party : $540 total

Please email Louisa at for space availability and PayPal link. 

Maximum number of participants 15 (minimum 10). All levels welcome. 
*In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Paypal Fees. 

Supply list 
It’s important to use tools you feel really comfortable with so you can concentrate on the exercises. You may use traditional or digital tools. 

Some recommendations: 
• iPads very welcome 
• a basic, cheap sketchbook for fast sketches and experimentation 
• a sketchbook/pad with better paper for more finished pieces 
• a way to support your kit so you can draw standing up sometimes 
• a blue pencil for under drawings 
• various pens: ball-point, roller-ball, markers, 
• brush pens for versatile, juicy strokes 
• your favorite choice of color medium 
• a stool if you want one 
• sun protection : a hat / umbrella / sunscreen 

You're also welcome to email Rob if you have any questions at 

About the Instructor 
Happiest when discovering and capturing colorful, people-filled scenes in his artwork, self-taught Hong Kong artist, Rob Sketcherman, is best known for the dynamic lines and vivid colors of his iPad urban sketches. Thriving on the immediacy of responding to sights, smells and sounds before him, Rob loves capturing snippets of stories of as they unfold in situ. His work has since taken him around the world on artistic commissions and workshops, where he teaches students how to use their iPads to creatively capture highlights of life at home or visually documenting travels abroad.  





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