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: Urban-Sketching

You don’t have to be an urban sketcher or have attended a USK-Atlanta paint out to attend my workshop. It’s open to all those who endeavor to enjoy sketching outdoors. 

I have two workshops allowing you to choose whatever works best for you. One, two or both. 

The first workshop held from 9:30am-12:30pm, is tailored for those who’d like to share insights from my practice that have helped me overcome feelings of overwhelm or fear when sketching in public. We will go over some thumb rules of proportion, perspective and color palette. Think of this as a refresher course. 

The second workshop held from 1:30pm-4:30pm, on the other hand takes those who would like to explore the topic of direct watercolor but want to share in my ways of controlling watercolor. This class will emphasize direct watercolor in a park/botanical garden setting with a strong lean towards landscapes. 

Learning goals 
For Urban Sketching 101, students will learn tricks to:
- Handle fear of proportion 
- Draw accurate perspective 
- Sketch moving people 

For Urban Sketching 201, students will learn to:
- To see main shapes in a landscape 
- Fill shapes with monochromatic washes 
- Capture landscapes with direct watercolors 

Workshop location 
Atlanta, Georgia
We will be close to city center. However, exact coordinates will be sent 2 weeks before workshop begins. 

Sunday May 26, 2019 

Urban Sketching 101 9:30am – 12:30pm
Urban Sketching 201 1:30am – 4:30pm 

Workshop Schedule 

Urban sketching 101 is all about PPP. Jokes apart, each hour will be about focusing on reducing fear because of each P, namely, proportion, perspective, people. 

Hour 1, Proportion, How to frame a scene with fingers as viewfinder, marking the tallest object, the smallest object of interest and then scaling everything in between. Demo: 5 minutes 

Hour 2, Basic two point perspective. Perspective changing because of object moving close, farther out, affecting proportion in larger composition, Perspective changes because sitting down, up. Demo: 7 minutes 

Hour 3, Picking a Palette. How limiting color choices increases speed of sketching, reduces decision making time. Will introduce a triad palette but the basic palette from Gray Matter as well – 2 complimentary colors with a third neutral color to harmonize. Demo: Post sketch demo of how to fix issues thus far. 

Extra Subject if I everyone blows through the basic concepts, Hour Extra, Putting Pesky People down on paper. How to morph hands from one person with head of another with legs of a third person and hence giving us time to draw as long as we want. Challenges and tricks to doing that. How to carry the concept to koi fish for example. Demo: 10 minutes

Urban sketching 201 is all about handling watercolors and working towards getting to direct watercolors. 

Hour 1a, Warming up with washes, Demo: 5 minutes 
Hour 1b, Visually and verbally dividing scene down to large shapes areas 
Hour 2a, value sketches with large shapes with pencil 
Hour 2b, value sketches with monochrome, watercolor 
Hour 3a: Practicing adding 2/3 details with direct brush work 
Hour 3b: Doing a full direct watercolor landscape painting 

Supply list 
For workshop 1: The bare minimum setup would be your regular sketchbook + 2b pencils. If you like to draw with ink pens, bring em. I personally fancy brush pens, so it those are your style, those are welcome too. Your bare minimum watercolor set if you are comfortable with it.

For workshop 2: A sketchbook that can take watercolors (paper 90lb or thicker), your urban sketching watercolor set, ~6 colors are enough, moist cakes/tube pigments, your favorite 2 brushes. I prefer round, round mops but you are welcome to bring in square brushes. Other obvious supplies are palette, container for water, bottle to take away dirty water, kitchen towels for dabbing your brushes, a portable stool to sit on or plastic sheet to lay down on the ground to sit on. 

Registration fee 
$75 USD for 1 workshop
$130 USD for both workshops
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Hahnemuehle will offer paper samples. 




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