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: Travel Sketching with your iPad


Workshop information
This workshop spans 2 days:

Los Angeles, U.S.A. 
9:30am - 5pm, Saturday, 11 May 2019 
10am - 5pm, Sunday, 12 May 2019 
(with a 1 hour break for lunch) 

San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A. 
9:30am - 5pm, Saturday, 1 June 2019 
10am - 5pm, Sunday, 2 June 2019 
(with a 1 hour break for lunch) 

Instructor: Rob Sketcherman 

Workshop Description 
Many people pack an iPad when they travel, usually for email and downloaded content from Netflix to pass the time. I have been using iPads for most of my work, and all my urban sketching for over 5 years, and I can tell you from experience that it is an incredible device for sketching spontaneously, and a truly fantastic kit when you travel! 

Whether you’re heading to a local sketchwalk or traveling the world with an eye on luggage allowance, it’s hard to beat the versatility of an iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate. Over a weekend this spring, I’ll show you how your iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate can be the ideal travel sketching companion for you too. I decided to offer this 2-day Travel Sketching with an iPad workshop so you’ll have enough time to get familiar with tools, try techniques, and ask all the questions you need. 

We begin with demos and exercises indoors that will help you become familiar and confident with the tools and interface of Procreate. Then we head outdoors the rest of the time, where I show you how to make full use of your Mobile Digital Studio to work both fast and slow, so you can take advantage of 5 minutes while the family takes a bathroom break, a half hour before friends arrive for dinner, or a couple of leisurely hours in a museum on your own. 

Being comfortable with using an iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate requires a shift in thinking and knowledge beyond simply what to click for your favorite brushes. Just like the first time you may have learned about the many ways to tackle watercolors, digital sketching has a learning curve too. The exercises I have planned will help you understand how and when to use layers, how to manage your files, ways to experiment with and mix multiple media, and most importantly, how to look at a scene and create a digital sketching game plan with the time you have. 

Travel, whether to exotic locations or even a neighborhood you’ve seldom visited, can reveal wonderful stories, and as urban sketchers, we’re all about that, aren’t we? I’ll also show you how to capture and compile a variety of visual stories, wherever your sketchwalk might take you to, and whatever your skill level might be. There will be some one-on-one time for all participants, and I will also happily offer guidance to anyone who wants it, to improve not just skills with an iPad and Procreate, but also to help take your urban sketching to the next level. 

I will also bring printed material so you can see how artwork translates from screen to print, and we’ll discuss the many options you have to share your work. 

My hope is that you’ll immerse yourself with gusto, try all I have to show you, and leave on Sunday evening much more confident, and able to whip your iPad and Apple Pencil out to sketch at a moment’s notice. 

All levels welcome. 

Learning goals 
Working digitally is relatively new, even for very advanced sketchers, so we begin with getting you comfortable with Procreate especially if you’re new to iPad sketching. You can expect to: 
• Learn to navigate Procreate’s interface 
• Understand how and when to use the many tools and brushes available 
• Create infinite palettes of custom color 
• Begin to think in layers for ultimate flexibility 
• See the many ways your works can go from screen to print 
• Handle the 3 challenges of sketching digitally on location: glare, power and weather 

Then, we will also 
• Explore various ways to work quickly 
• Discover how to break a scene down and approach compositions 
• Understand which digital tools to use, when 
• Explore various media, how to recreate a desired analog look (then how to push that even further) 
• Make a variety of sketches that tell the story of your travels 

Workshop Location 
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. 

Please note: Cancellations up to 30 days before the workshop will be refunded the full amount minus Paypal charges and a $15 cancellation fee, and no refunds will be granted after that date. Thank you for your understanding. 

 Supply list 
1. An iPad that works with an Apple Pencil is required. The following models will be fine: 
• iPad Pro (1st , 2nd or 3rd gen) + Apple Pencil 
• 2019 10.5” iPad Air + Apple Pencil 
• 2018 9.7” iPad + Apple Pencil 
• 2019 iPad Mini + Apple Pencil 
2. Preinstalled Procreate app (USD9.99 or equivalent on the iOS App Store) 
3. A case/holder that allows you to use your iPad comfortably outdoors. 
4. A stool / chair for sketching if you have one. 
5. Sun protection. 

You're also welcome to email Rob if you have any questions at 
For more information on recommended iPad gear, please refer to this blog post

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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