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".
Blog
Flickr

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

10 years x 10 classes


In 2017 Urban Sketchers celebrates its 10 year anniversary and we want to commemorate by introducing the first year long USk program ever! We invite all sketchers around the world to attend 10 on-location classes with USk official instructors in a city near you to learn or improve the core value of Urban Sketching: sketch the world, one drawing at a time.

The program will take place in 10 classes covering three themes:
1. little stories
2. medium stories
3. great stories

WHERE and WHEN? Click on one of the cities below to learn more about the program, instructors, prices, dates and much more fantastic details!


North America
Class 0
Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4
Class 5
Class 6
Class 7
Class 8
Class 9
Class 10
Extra class
Seattle (1)
Jan
28
Feb
11
Feb
25
Mar
11
Mar
25
Apr
8
Apr
22
May
6
May
20
Jun
3
Jun
17

Seattle (2)

TBD
TBD
Mar
12
Mar
25
Apr
8
Apr
22
May
7
May
20
Jun
4



Mar
11
Mar
18
Apr
22
May
6
May
11-12
Apr
8
May
20
Jun
24
Jun
3
Jun
10


Mar
12
Apr
16

May
7
May
13
Apr
23
May
27





Apr
15
Apr
22
Apr
29
May
6
May
13
May
20
May
27
Jun
3
Jun
10
Jun
17


Apr
29
May
6
May
13
May
20
Jun
3
Jun
10
Jun
17
Jun
24
July
8
July
15


Jun
17
Jun
17
Jun
18
Jun
24
Jun
24
Jun
25
July
1
July
1
July
2
July
8


Aug
5
Aug
12
Aug
19
Sep
9
Sep
16
Sep
23
Oct
7
Oct
14
Oct
21
Oct
28

New York City
info coming soon...
South America

Mar
25
Apr
1
Apr
8
May
6
May
20
Jun
3
Jun
25
July
1
July
8
July
15

Europe

May
6
May
6
May
7
May
20
May
20
May
21
Jun
3
Jun
3
Jun
4
Jun
17


May
10
May
17
May
24
May
31
Jun
7
Jun
14
Jun
21
Jun
28
July
5
July
15


Mar
4
Mar
4
Mar
5
Mar
25
Mar
25
May
6
May
6
Jun
10
Jun
10
Jun
11


Mar
25
Apr
1
Apr
8
Apr
22
Apr
29
May
6
May
13
May
20
May
27
Jun
10


May
6
May
7
May
7
May
20
May
21
May
21
Jun
3
Jun
4
Jun
4
Jun
10


Apr
9
Apr
9
Apr
30
Apr
30
May
14
May
28
Jun
11
Jun
25
July
2
July
2


Apr
15
Apr
22
Apr
29
May
6
May
13
May
20
May
27
Jun
10
Jun
17
Jun
24


Jun
24
Jun
24
July
1
July
8
July
15
Aug
12
Aug
12
Aug
26
Sep
2
Sep
9


Aug
5
Aug
12
Aug
19
Sep
9
Sep
16
Sep
23
Oct
7
Oct
14
Oct
21
Oct
28


Apr
22
Apr
22
Apr
23
May
13
May
13
May
14
Jun
17
Jun
17
Jun
18
Jun
18


May
6
Jun
17
July
8
May
13
May
20
July
22
Jun
3
Jun
24
July
1
July
15


Mar
4
Mar
5
Mar
12
Mar
19
Apr
2
Apr
8
Apr
23+30
May
6+7
May
12
May
13

Mar
4
Mar
10
Mar
11
Mar
17
Mar
18
Mar
24
Mar
25
Mar
31
Apr
1
Apr
7
Apr
8
Apr
9
Asia

Jan
21
Feb
11
Mar
5
Apr
23
May
6
Jun
3
Sep
2
Oct
14
Nov
11
Dec
9


Feb
4
Feb
5
Feb
11
Feb
12
Feb
18
Feb
19
Mar
4
Mar
5
Mar
11
Mar
12


Mar
4
Mar
5
Mar
11
Mar
12
Mar
18
Mar
19
Apr
1
Apr
2
Apr
9
Apr
16


Aug
3
Aug
4
Aug
10
Aug
17
Aug
18
Aug
24
Aug
31
Sep
1
Sep
7
Sep
8

Bangkok
Singapore
Malaysia

info coming soon...

Mar
10
Mar
19
Mar
31
Apr
16
Apr
30
May
19
Jul
9
Jul
22
Aug
6
Aug
15

Oceania

Mar
11
Mar
18
Apr
29
Mar
18
Mar
25
Apr
8
Mar
25
Apr
8
Apr
22
Apr
22

Africa

Mar
25
Mar
29
Apr
8
Apr
12
Apr
19
Apr
29
May
3
May
13
May
17
May
27

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