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: Beyond the Trees

Beyond the trees : how to include a wooded foreground in order to enrich a panoramic view 

Camogli, Italy
Saturday 15th June 2019
10AM - 5PM

I never know what I will sketch before to go on a site, even if I know the place or saw pictures of it. I stop when my eyes catch the view that will resonate in my heart. Why am I drawing here and not one meter further? Because I feel that it was there that I could catch the spirit of the place. 

In this workshop, participants will learn how to compose with visual obstructions, here, trees trunks and how to turn it to their advantage in order to create an inspiring composition. 

Moving beyond the trees, they will try to catch their own “perfect view”, playing with vertical obstructions. They will learn about framing, composition, plans and depth of field and light and shadows to translate their feeling about the place in their sketchbook. 

Learning goals 
- Use immediate environment to frame the scene they want to sketch 
- Be confident even if there are visual obstructions 
- Recognize shadows and light values and translate them in the drawing 
- Give depth to the sketch using several plans 

I’d like for participants to be more confident about their skills and for them to be curious. I’d like that next time they’ll see a fabulous subject to draw to think “I never did it but I think I can do it”. They’ll try, using their own drawing skills and what we’ve learned together to make the spectator plunge in their drawing, and share the atmosphere of the place. 

Workshop Schedule 
Morning – 10am/1pm – Belvedere n°1 
10 min : Introduction (presentation of the place and the exercises) 

1 – First exercise : 30 minutes + 5 minutes regroup and discussion 
The participants are invited to divide the page in 4 thumbnails in order to draw 3 or 4 different compositions of the panorama including the trees trunks (with ink pens) 

2 – Demo + discussion : 30 minutes 
instructor demonstration, using one of the thumbnails drawn in the previous exercise, but in full page, in monochromatic values (indigo watercolour), to show how to represent shadows and light from background to foreground, to give depth to the sketch 

2 bis – Second exercise : 30 minutes + 5 minutes regroup and discussion 
The participants will have to apply what I just showed, reusing one of their own thumbnails 

3 – Third exercise : 50 minutes 
Finally, they will choose another view -still including tree trunks- draw shadows and light but, this time, they will add colors and details (vegetation details, architecture, color values according the different plans) 
10 min feedback and questions 

1h lunch break 

Afternoon – 2pm/5pm – Belvedere n°2 
In the afternoon, we’ll apply the same exercises to another belvedere, but this time each participant will can chose the exercise(s) they want to deepen and spend more time on. I’ll be there to guide them and give them all the drawing tools that they need. 

Supply list 
Bring your usual tools, the ones you feel comfortable with (watercolor, color pencils, ink pens, graphite leads, etc) but quick-drying. If you work on digital medium you can bring it too. Sketchbook with paper adapted to your technique (thick paper if you use watercolor for example) 

You might need a stool and sun protection.

Registration fee
100$ / 90€ 




USk News$type=blogging$ct=0$au=0$m=0$show=


[Workshops Blog]$type=two$c=12$ct=0$m=0$show=