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

2017 Urban Sketchers Symposium - Chicago, USA

The 8th Urban Sketchers Symposium took place in Chicago, USA.
26-29 July 2017

 We welcomed 570 urban sketchers from 34 countries!

Some instructors shared their workshop handouts. You can download them here!

8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium Schedule (

Workshops Schedule (
If you buy a Workshops Pass you will be able to choose a total of 4 workshops to attend. You'll need to have you choice ready when you register. 

Demonstrations Schedule (
All participants will be able to choose one demo to attend. We know one is very hard to choose...! But we lowered the number of participants per demo so you can have a better experience. 



W1Asnee TasnaPenciling Chicago​; Capturing The Modern Cityscape In Gray Scale With Flat Tip Lead Pencil.
W2Delphine PriollaudSketch Life, Not Shapes : Let Lines And Colors Swing.
W3Jane BlundellDrawing Out The Details
W4Jason DasCasual Perspective
W5James RichardsThe Grand Illusion: Achieving A Dramatic Sense Of Depth
W6João CatarinoChicago Reflex Hunters
W7José LouroDraw Less Show More
W8Kiah KieanSketching With Dry Twig & Chinese Ink
W9Marion RivolierHow To Reach The Sky?
W10Liz SteelLost And Found Structure
W11LK BingSpontaneous Creation Of Dramatic Atmosphere: ​How To Apply Lighting Concept With Artistic Strokes
W12Lynne Chapman​Rhythm & Blues: The Relationship Between Colour And Line
W13Maru GodasGouache like a Child
W14Marc HolmesWatercolor Silhouettes: ​Combine Drawing With The Brush And Wet-In-Wet Silhouettes For Fantastic Watercolor Effects.
W15LapinGrooarrr! Having Fun While Sketching Is The Key, And What Is More Fun Than A Dinosaur?
W16Mike DaikubaraSketch Now, Think Later 
W17Nélson PaciênciaFollow Your Senses
W18Nina JohanssonMake Room For A View
W19Norberto DorantesExtreme Angles Reloaded: Making Creative Points Of Views
W20Pat Southern PearceSketching and Lettering on a toned ground
W21Paul HeastonScaling Tall Buildings In A Single Sketch!
W22Paul WangSketching Dangerously – Turning Happy Mistakes Into Expressive Movement.
W23Renato PalmutiWatercolor Techniques For A Fast Cityscape
W24Rob SketchermanProcreate 101 For iPad Urban Sketching
W25Shari BlaukopfTrees And The City _ Sponsored by Winsor & Newton
W26Simo CapecchiFace To Face. Capturing Action Live With Images And Words
W27Simone RidyardAn Urban Sketcher’s Guide To Figuring Out Perspective In Chicago!
W28Stephanie BowerLay It On The Line: Sketching Chicago’s Riverfront
W29Steve ReddyConfident Contours
W30Suhita ShirodkarPeople Tell Tales: Using Action And Interaction To Tell Stories
W31SwaskyBending The Space, Bending Buildings With Your Pen
W32Uma KelkarBlurred Lines: Atmospheric Watercolor Sketches With Edge Variety
W33Umberto TorricelliPostcards From Chicago: How To Execute A Sketching Site Reportage.
W34Veronica LawlorUrban Immersion
W35Virginia HeinThe Color Of Light In An Urban Garden
W36William CorderoTextures In The City: An Architectural Approach

Demonstrations without link to description are given by workshop instructors.
Take a look at their workshop proposal to know more about their work.

D1Peggy Wong3 Basic Book Binding For Beginners
D2Eduardo BajzekThe Potencial Of Pencil Sketching
D3Norberto DorantesDynamic Ink
D4Lisa FlahiveCapturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy
D6Delphine PriollaudFrom splashes to lines
D7James RichardsDynamic Depth
D8Jane BlundellThings To Consider When Choosing Watercolors For Sketching
D9Jason DasSketching as Improvisation
D10João CatarinoWhat we see between mirrors
D11José LouroDraw Less (buildings) Show More (people)
D12Kiah KieanSketch The City With Twig And Chinese Ink.
D13LapinBig Head Portraits
D14Liz SteelSketch And Sip: How To Sketch Hot Beverages On Location Without Them Going Cold
D15LK BingSketching Spontaneously In Mixed Media
D16Marion RivolierCapturing Space through colored Values
D17Nélson PaciênciaDISTORTED drawings from everyday people
D18Nina JohanssonSketching with complementaries
D19Pat Southern PearceIn line and colour on a tonal ground with lettering
D20Paul WangSketching Dangerously - Turning Happy Mistakes Into Expressive Movement
D21Renato PalmutiWarm and cold Grays
D22Rob SketchermanUrban Sketching with an iPad Pro
D23Shari BlaukopfTriad Symphony: Using A Limited Palette In Watercolour
D24Simo CapecchiAll In One Page. My Work As A Back-Columnist
D25Stephanie BowerWatery Reflections
D26Suhita ShirodkarQuick Capture
D27Uma KelkarAbstraction in Watercolors
D28Veronica LawlorMental Canvas software
D29Virginia HeinPainting with Light
D30William CorderoTextures In The City



Registration Site
The registration site is live! Click this link for the registration site:

Symposium Passes

Are you interested in the full learning and social experience of the Symposium?
The Workshops Pass gives you access to the full educational event, including the Welcome Reception, all of the faculty-led workshops, all lectures, and one demonstration, as well as the Closing Party and social activities.
This pass keeps you busy learning sketching techniques from top artists while visiting with friends old and new.

Are you interested only in the social experience of the Symposium?
The Basic Pass includes access to the Welcome Reception, organized sketchwalks, lectures, and one demonstration, as well as the Closing Party and social activities.
With the Basic Pass, you will have a leisurely experience. You’ll meet everyone for the morning gatherings and then explore Chicago between meeting up with others for sketch crawls twice a day. You’ll be able to meet all the other sketchers during the receptions, lectures, demo, and social activities.

Dates and Prices

Early Bird Registration SOLD OUT!
Opens February 11 at 8 am CST (14:00 GMT)
​Workshops pass US $415
Basic pass US $120
Click this link to check your local time.

Standard Registration SOLD OUT!
Opens February 18 at 5 pm CST (23:00 GMT)
​Workshops pass US $475
​Basic pass US $160
Click this link to check your local time.

Last day to register: July 11th
There will be no onsite registration in Chicago.




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