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".
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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

Instructors

More than 60 instructors from every continent have taught Urban Sketchers Workshops to date. If you would like to bring a USk Workshop to your regional chapter contact us at education@urbansketchers.org



REHAM M ALI (Alexandria, Egypt) studied Fine-Arts and holds a Ph.D. degree in Interior Design from the University of Alexandria. Works as Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture. She has been drawing since childhood, sketching architecture came as a natural part of her study and work, she began sketching on location since her senior year in college, and in 2015, she discovered Urban Sketchers and since then she started to focus on sketching her hometown city, Alexandria, which is the main subject of her watercolor and sketching work. She's also a workshop instructor in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia where she works now as Assistant Professor at IAU university. Instagram | Facebook


RICHARD ALOMAR (New York, USA) is an assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University and founder of the Urban Field Studio in New York. He leads weekly on-location sketch crawls and workshops for New York City Urban Sketchers and uses the sketchbook to document place, time, movement and thoughts on the relationship between people and urban space. His research focuses on practical applications to global climate changes. He holds a B.S. in agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He is a registered landscape architect in New York. Blog | Blog | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: sketching urban nature (2016)

LUIS ANÇÃ (Lisbon, Portugal) has a degree in Fine Arts / Painting from the Higher School of Fine Arts of Lisbon, in 1980. Teacher of Visual Education / Visual Arts since 1978. Teacher of drawing in Ar.Co, from 1987 to 1991. Exhibitions of drawings and painting since 1975. He has a personal blog, collaborates on Urban Sketchers Portugal and coordinates the Portuguese Regional Chapter EvoraSketchers.



BEHZAD BAGHERI (Isfahan, Iran) qualified from Tehran University of Art with a Master’s Degree in Architecture. When he first started painting, he adopted watercolors and sketches for the purposes of his initial architecture designs. Aesthetics soon took over the functional side and he found himself painting for artistic purposes rather than functional, architectural purposes. His work was becoming a means for him to connect with himself and his surroundings and share these impressions with others. It became a way to communicate with others. Since the transformation of his work from design to art, he has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Iran and overseas. For the past ten years he has been teaching art and architecture. He is experienced in Islamic art and architecture, applied geometry, perspective geometry, painting and drawing with watercolor, pencil, graphite and charcoal. Blog | Flickr | Instagram


EDUARDO BAJZEK (São Paulo, Brazil) has produced over 2,000 artworks for construction companies, real estate and architecture firms in Brazil, Portugal, England and Hong Kong. His work is awarded by the American Society of Architectural Illustration (ASAI). Joining Urban Sketchers in 2009 as Sao Paulo correspondent, he co-founded Urban Sketchers Brasil. Eduardo started teaching urban sketching in 2010 along with his architectural illustration course. He taught workshops "Straight to Colors" and "Straight to Masses" in Santo Domingo (2012) and Barcelona (2013) Urban Sketchers Symposiums. In 2014, he was one of the organizers of the 5th symposium, in Paraty – Brazil.  Eduardo has been invited to participate in several books on urban sketching, such as "Architecture and Cityscapes" (Gabriel Campanario), "Understanding Perspective" (Stephanie Bower) and "The Perspective Workbook" (Matthew Brehm). In 2016, he published the awarded-winning "Rio Sketchbook", a collection of his sketches and drawings of Rio de Janeiro / Brazil. He led his workshop "Graphite is the Matter" at the 9th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto (2018). Blog | Flickr | Instagram

LK BING (Surabaya, Indonesia) is graduated in Architecture from Petra Christian University, Surabaya. When he was still a student, he taught in his University as an Architectural Illustrator. After graduating he works as an Architect and Interior Designer. From 2000 to 2004, he was Lecturer and Head of Studio at Petra Christian University, Surabaya. Finding great joy in urban sketching, in 2013 he founded the Urban Sketchers Surabaya, now a regional chapter, with the aim of teaching the art of urban sketching to local enthusiasts and to provide a place for communication and sharing to all sketchers in the country. Soon after in the same year, he successfully held his first art exhibition "Paradox," an Urban Sketches Exhibition in his city, followed by several other exhibitions in galleries and in the American Consulate of Surabaya. He also holds various workshops, sketch walks and was a workshop instructor for several International Urban Sketchers Symposium events. He is currently passionate in on-the-spot sketching as a sketcher and working in his studio as a painter. Instagram | Facebook

SHARI BLAUKOPF (Montreal, Canada) is a Montreal-based graphic design teacher, illustrator, sketch blogger and correspondent for Urban Sketchers. She has a BFA from Concordia University with a specialization in graphic design, but her true love has always been watercolour painting. She is co-founder of Urban Sketchers Montreal and has given many watercolour workshops both on her own and through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program in Montreal, Portland, Barcelona, Singapore, Galway, Manchester, Chicago and Porto. Her watercolours are in corporate, government and private collections in Canada, the United States and abroad, and she is a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. You can find her online courses Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Sketching the City in Pen, Ink and Watercolor on Craftsy.com, and her sketches are featured in many books on urban sketching. These days she spends her winters inside the classroom teaching graphic design to college students and her summers outdoors, giving watercolour workshops and painting the urban landscape. Blog | Website | Instagram
workshop handout: bare bones (2016)
workshop handout: the broken silhouette (2017)
workshop handout: trees and the city (2017)

JANE BLUNDELL is an Australian artist and teacher who’s been sketching, drawing and painting since she was a child. She holds a BA Visual Arts majoring in etching and a Dip. Ed. and has taught adults for almost 30 years. She has had four solo exhibitions, participated in a number of group shows and won a number of awards. She works in a range of media, but her favourite is watercolour. In urban sketching she particularly loves to find the beauty in the rusty and decrepit details. She teaches regular classes in Sydney and on-line and loves to travel and give demonstrations and workshops all over the world.
workshop handout: watercolor your world (2016)

TIA BOON SIM (Singapore) graduated with honours from the School of Architecture, University of Singapore in 1979. She is currently overseeing the entire foundational curriculum for Temasek Design School that offers eight design programmes. Many of her students move on to becoming architects and designers. Her current interest in design education is in the search for new design teaching pedagogy and basic design typologies. She is instrumental in bridging the design education and the community arts in various academic and community based projects with the young people in Singapore. Tia is the founding members of Thow Kwang Clay Artists Studio at Pottery Jungle, Singapore involved in promoting the art of wood firing. She leads the Urban Sketchers Singapore community. Blog | Flickr

STEPHANIE BOWER (Seattle, USA) is a professional architectural illustrator, teacher, watercolor artist, and globetrotting sketcher. She graduated with a B.Arch. from UT Austin and a M.S. from Pratt Institute. Her architectural background is a big inspiration for her sketches of buildings and expertise in perspective. Stephanie has taught sketching for 25+ years, including a decade at Parsons in NYC. She now teaches workshops in Seattle and Italy. She also teaches online sketching classes at Craftsy. Stephanie has received numerous awards and fellowships including the 2012, 2013 KROB for Best Travel Sketch and the prestigious Gabriel Prize. She is also the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective.


MATTHEW BREHM (Idaho, USA) is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, and first began drawing on location in 1983. Matt received degrees in architecture from the University of Notre Dame (B.Arch) and the University of Oregon (M.Arch), and practiced commercial architecture for a total of 12 years in Washington, DC, and Eugene, OR, before starting a full-time teaching career in the year 2000. His research focus is on the pedagogy of design communication and on manual drawing techniques in the architectural design studio. Each autumn, he conducts a 3-month architecture program in Rome, Italy, with location drawing being a central focus of his teaching. Matt is the author/illustrator of three books on drawing technique, and his location drawings have received several awards of excellence in juried drawing exhibits held by the Design Communication Association and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Blog | Instagram

RICHARD BRIGGS (Sydney, Australia) is an artist and architect whose sketches aim to provoke discussion on the built environment. An advocate for following a process of observation and analysis, Richard’s sketches convey a message and try to establish a sense of place in our cities. Richard has taught sketching in both private practise and public forums, and co runs a course at UNSW in Sydney focusing on how public space is utilized using on location sketching as a design tool. He studied architecture (BArch) in Manchester England and also ran workshops at the 2016 Urban Sketchers Symposium.
workshop handout: what to leave out, what to leave in (2016)


PEDRO CABRAL (Lisbon, Portugal) graduated in Architecture (1978) in the Higher School of Fine Arts of Lisbon, ESBAL. He is married and father of two children. He draws, sails and walks. Coordinates the blog Bonecos de Bolso and collaborates on the blogs Urban Sketchers and Urban Sketchers Portugal. Blog


RICHARD CÂMARA (Madrid, Spain) Architect by education, he draws, illustrates and makes cartoons professionally. He participates in exhibitions, conferences, workshops and encounters on the topic of the “Sketchbook”. He coordinates the blog www.richardcamara.blogspot.com and collaborates on Urban Sketchers. Blog



SIMONETTA CAPECCHI (Naples, Italy) studied Architecture in Venice and completed her Ph.D. degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing. She currently works as an illustrator and teaches at Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, where study abroad programs are held in partnership with American Universities. From 2006-09 she curated "In viaggio col taccuino", an yearly exhibition on travel sketchbooks with conferences and workshops. She contributes to Urban Sketchers since the very beginning, has been instructor in 7 Urban Sketchers symposia and since 2010 has organized more than 10 Urban Sketchers workshop in Italy (Naples and Tuscany). Simo's sketchbooks have been included in many international exhibitions and featured in edited collections. Blog | Flickr
workshop handout: face to face. capturing action live with images and words. (2017)

ISABEL CARMONA (UK) Isabel is Spanish but studied architecture in UK where she practices as an architect and artist in . Her passion is watercolour, easy to carry around and sketch on the go and likes experimenting and mixing media to get interesting effects. Isabel started sketching in 1993 as part of her architecture training and continues to this day. She joined Urban Sketchers Spain in 2011 and London in 2014. As an artist she is part of West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios scheme where she exhibits yearly in May and joined the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative in 2013. Blog |  Website | Contact us for more info


GUIDA CASELLA (Lisbon, Portugal) is a scientific illustrator working in archeological teams and an infographic designer. She graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon in 2000 and holds a Masters in Archaeological Illustration from Swindon College of Art, University of Bath, England. Her illustrations have been published in different Archaeology and History magazines and in scientific articles. She gives courses and talks on the area of Archaeological and Museographic Illustration. Blog | Facebook

JOÃO CATARINO (Lisbon, Portugal) graduated in Communication Design at FBAUL. Teacher of Drawing and Design in Ar.co and teacher of Illustration in the CIEAM in the FBAUL. He participates in exhibitions, conferences, workshops and encounters on the topic of the “Sketchbook”. He coordinates the blog Desenhos do Dia and collaborates on the blogs Urban Sketchers and Urban Sketchers Portugal. Blog | Instagram

LYNNE CHAPMAN (Yorkshire, UK) is an award-winning, children’s book illustrator, with over 30 published books and a BAHons in Printed Textiles from Middlesex University in London. Lynne runs Sketchcrawl North, a very active USK group, who meet monthly. She enjoys pushing the Sketch Crawl boundaries, with events like Tour de Sketch and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Lynne has lectured in drawing and illustration at both the Sheffield College and Hallam University, but for the last 12 years, has been travelling the UK (on the train, sketching fellow travellers as she goes), giving lectures and workshops for festivals and schools, inspiring both adults and children to have fun with drawing. She is a compulsive sketcher and her sketchbooks are her most treasured possessions. Blog | Flickr | Contact us for more info

FRANK CHING (Seattle, USA) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, having recently retired after over 35 years of teaching. He is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by John Wiley & Sons. His works have been translated into over sixteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentations. Awards that Professor Ching has received include the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design from The Nottingham Trent University; a Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book Publishing; an AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement; and a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Blog | Facebook


MÓNICA CID (Lisbon, Portugal) is a graduate in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Masters degree in Fine Arts from
Newcastle University in England. She works in the Fine Arts, as well as illustration for books and teaches Drawing in the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, NextArt and Newcastle University. She is a correspondent at Urban Sketchers Portugal. Blog

WILLIAM CORDERO (Cartago, Costa Rica) Graduated of the “Universidad de Costa Rica” and Professor of its school of architecture since 2009, is also working as an architect for this institution. Interests include painting, graphic expression and architectural drawing applied to architectural design. He has participated in the International Urban Sketchers Symposiums of 2012 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic),2013 (Barcelona, Spain), and 2016 (Manchester, UK) and as a workshop instructor during the 5th (Paraty, Brazil) and 8th (Chicago, US) USK International Symposiums. He is also a graphic correspondent and co-administrator for the USK Costa Rica chapter. Instagram



RÓISÍN CURÉ (Galway, Ireland) grew up in the Wicklow Mountains on ireland's East Coast and her passions growing up were Breughel, Tintin and Asterix. Her holy grail was always to achieve a beautiful line. She holds a first class honours and a Master's degree in Geology from National University of Ireland, Galway and has published a number of picture books for children, but when she discovered urban sketching in 2012 while on sabbatical in Mauritius she knew in an instant that she had found her raison-d'être. She founded Urban Sketchers Galway in 2014 and meets around the city about fortnightly with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of sketchers. She has taught drawing, watercolour and comics-creation to children and adults for nearly twenty years. Over the last three years she has taught and a number of international and local sketching workshops, most recently at the 9th USk Symposium in Porto. Becoming a correspondent on the Urban Sketchers website in 2014 ignited a love of storytelling, and her website is a mix of articles about daily life, mini-tutorials and anything to do with the world of sketching - always with the intention to inform or entertain. As well as teaching, she works as a freelance urban sketcher, covering a diverse range of events from university conferrals to weddings and festivals. Her book, An Urban Sketcher's Galway (Currach Press) is due out early in 2019. She lives in Galway with her husband and three children. Blog | Instagram

MIKE DAIKUBARA (Boston, USA) began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to be able to communicate better and faster at his design day job. Now he sketches daily to see, understand and enjoy! A Japanese-American, Mike grew up in Tokyo and New York City attending an International school with kids from all over the world. He is an Industrial Designer & Graphic Designer with over 20 years of experience in various industries such as Cosmetics, Consumer Electronics, Bath/Kitchen Products, Medical and the Juvenile industry designing products for Infants and Toddlers. Blog

JASON DAS (Brooklyn, NY, USA) is a founding member of Urban Sketchers. He served on the Executive Board from 2009-2014, the final year as President. He was an organizer of the 2009 and 2011-2015 Symposiums. He has taught for Urban Sketchers, Sketchbook Skool, Moleskine, Shoestring Studio, Future of Storytelling, and Abrons Art Center. He believes that everybody can and should make things themselves (art or otherwise) and it's even better if we can make and learn things collaboratively. In addition to (and sometimes in combination with) observational drawing/painting, he works in comics and sequential storytelling. Flickr


ORLING "ARTY" DOMINGUEZ (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, artist-teacher and vagabond traveler. Graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Arts from Altos de Chavón/The School of Design in Dominican Republic, a BFA in Illustration from Parsons The New School of Design in New York and a Masters in International Education from Framinghan State College in Massachussets, USA. Domínguez has been teaching arts and design for the past 15 years, at an international school in Santo Domingo, in different local universities and in her own studio. She is the founder of the Urban Sketchers Dominican Republic blog and the coordinator of the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program. Blog | Flickr

NORBERTO DORANTES (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a Mexican-born architect and educator currently teaching at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU) of the University of Buenos Aires. He is the founder and director of Taller Perspectiva (Perspective Workshop), he has also taught at the Central Society of Architects and other professional associations in several provinces of Argentina. Dorantes work has been recognized in several competitions in architecture and drawing, with the 1st prize "Hotel Kristal Pedregal" Mexico City and the 1st prize in the "Plaza Tolsá" architectural drawing contest. His paintings and sketches are in exhibited in Mexico, U.S., Colombia, Chile and Argentina. He has been invited by the Museum of Architecture in Buenos Aires to present his work in May 2011. Blog


EA EJERSBO (Aarhus, Denmark) is an artist and printmaker based in Aarhus, Denmark since 1993. She grew up in various locations around Denmark and Tanzania, has a background in Fine Arts, and is an experienced planner and runner of drawing workshops. She currently works for Gøglerskolen School of Street Circus as a project and management secretary. Ea was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Urban Sketchers non-profit organisation, and is a correspondent since 2008. Her drawing practice centers around daily sketchbook drawings, which she shares on her blog. Subjects reign from travel sketches, commuter drawings, concert and cafe sketches, to daily life and endless cups of tea, and you can find a selection in Gabriel Campanario’s book: The Art of Urban Sketching. Ea uses a variety of drawing materials and expressions in her sketchbooks. For the past year the combination of watercolour and watercolour pencils has been one of her main explorations. Blog | Flickr


IAN FENNELLY (UK) studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and  gained a 1st Class Honours degree. After graduating I worked as a drawing office manager for several years which gave me the opportunity to develop my drawing skills. I’ve always been attracted to the urban environment, and I love the feel of a busy city. I paint very quickly and loosely, but it must happen within the context of an accurate drawing, which holds the paint in. I am married with two children and live near the coast in Hoylake, on The Wirral. I work from a light and airy studio overlooking the beach and often work on several pictures at once which enables me to plan the colours, and allows different ideas to bounce off each other. I use photographs and on site drawings to plan compositions and draft out ideas. Part of this information gathering is travelling to different cities which is really important. Inspiration for my paintings comes from visiting places, spending time there, meeting people and getting honked at by buses. But when I paint, the subject is just the starting point; it’s the battle on the paper that’s really exciting. Colours, shapes, lines and patterns are all jockeying for position, while the water flows within the textured grooves of the heavy Fabriano paper. This is what’s really exciting. The image will inevitably come through, sometimes in spite of my efforts, because it’s painting itself that really inspires me. Website | Instagram


ISABEL FIADEIRO (Nouakchott, Mauritania) Portuguese living and working in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Studied in the Falmouth School of Arts, Cornwall and completed Fine Arts in the Wimbledon School of Arts in London. Besides being a painter and illustrator, she promotes the work of local artists and craftsmen and women through the Sinaa Gallery, an art gallery that she has been part of since September 2009. Living in Mauritania since 2004, she has travelled and drawn the life of the local populations with whom she shares her everyday life for some weeks each year. In January 2008 she spent 5 weeks in the Saharawis refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, drawing the life of the women in the camps. She hosts the blog http://mauritania-isabel.blogspot.com/ and collaborates on Urban Sketchers. Blog


SAGAR FORNIES (Barcelona, Spain) Born in Zaragoza. He's been living in Barcelona for 16 years now. He studied fine arts, graphic design and illustration. For ten years he has worked in the animation industry, creating advertising and film storyboards, character design and backgrounds, combined with editorial illustration and comic. Right now he devotes much of his time to create video scenography for opera and ballet. He has recently published two travel books, both set in BCN (Descobrint l’Eixample and Las Ramblas). Blog | Flickr


CATHY GATLAND (Johannesburg, South Africa) worked in advertising agencies as a renderer and storyboard artist, then from home after having a family. She has practiced various forms of illustration, including children's books, cartooning and caricature, as well as for school textbooks and educational publications for organisations working in the fields of health, water management and nutrition. Sketching has become a passion since starting her blog, and contributing to Urban Sketchers from Johannesburg. She has a diploma in Graphic Design from the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town. Blog | Flickr


LYNDA GRAY (Kendal, UK) studied Fine Art and holds a first class degree from Lancaster University. She has combined teaching in further and continuing education with her own art practice and raising 3 children. She is passionate about drawing and watercolour and sees sketching as a necessity, a way of stilling the mind, as well as a means of connecting with place and people. Travel sketchbooks were her focus for some years, but discovering Urban Sketchers in 2016 shifted her interest to sketching her home town. She is the founder of South Cumbria Urban Sketch Group and was a workshop instructor at the 9th Symposium in Porto. Website | Instagram | Facebook


MARINA GRECHANIK (Ra'anana, Israel) was born in Belorussia and graduated from an art academy in Minsk. She now lives in Israel and has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for the last 15 years. Marina regularly takes part in local art and illustration exhibitions and projects. She is a correspondent for USk’s international blog, and founded USk Israel - regularly leading sketchcrawls and coordinating the Urban Sketchers Israel blog. Marina also planned and taught several urban sketching workshops for children. Sketching is one of Marina’s passions. Everywhere she travels, she takes her sketchbook along with her. But the real essence of urban sketching for her is finding stories in everyday routines, and combining sketching with daily tasks like taking care of her children, working, or running errands. “A sketchbook and a simple pen – that is all you need to go on a journey every day. Drawing is seeing, so you just need to open your eyes wider and start to sketch!” Blog | Flickr | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: what & how to create your story (2016)

ARNO HARTMANN (Cologne, Germany) is a graduate in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Siegen (Germany). He was an independent architect with »LHVH Architekten« (Cologne/Germany), before he started as a freelance graphic artist and web designer in 2005. Since 2009 he's an instructor for perspective drawing at the »Summer Academy Harz«, Germany. He mainly draws historical architecture in cities in and around Central Europe, and is member of Urban Sketchers Germany. Flickr | Website | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: curved perspectives (2016)


PAUL HEASTON (San Antonio, Texas) is an artist and educator. He he received his MFA in painting from Montana State University in 2008. Without access to a painting studio, Heaston began doing urban sketches during a semester abroad in Italy, and continued on his return home. He spent 6 months between 2008 and 2009 meticulously drawing every building in downtown Bozeman, Montana in a pocket-sized sketchbook. He has since completed several other long-term panoramic sketching projects in Texas and Colorado. Heaston has been a correspondent for Urbansketchers.org since 2009 and in addition maintains his own sketch blog, Three Letter Word for Art, as well as a Facebook page and Instagram account where he posts his sketches. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and daughter.

VIRGINIA HEIN (Los Angeles, USA) was born in Los Angeles, California, and the landscape of the city and surrounding area continue to be her favorite subject. She received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach. She has worked as a concept designer of toys and other products for many years, as well as art director, illustrator and fine artist. Currently she teaches drawing and design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, as well as location sketching workshops. She contributes regularly to the international Urban Sketchers blog. Blog | Flickr
workshop handout: light and dark with a punch of color (2015)
workshop handout: the color and light in an urban garden (2017)


MIGUEL HERRANZ (Barcelona, Spain) was born in Madrid but now lives in Barcelona. He is a former graphic designer turned illustrator a few years ago, while he was living in Bologna, Italy, where he started drawing sketchbooks in 2006. In addition to his illustration work, which he does mostly in the computer, Herranz keeps himself busy teaching drawing workshops at different universities and art schools, including Universitat de Barcelona/ESCAC, Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and Circle Artistic de Sant Lluc. For Herranz, sketchbooks are his preferred medium of personal expression, not only for urban sketching but for journaling, doodling and brainstorming. Blog | Flickr

MARC TARO HOLMES (Montreal, Canada) is a Canadian art director and concept designer in the entertainment industry. He has been designing characters and environments for video games and film since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1995. Some of his well known projects include Halo Wars, Age of Empires 3, Lord of the Rings Online and Neverwinter Nights. Marc has been urban sketching and blogging his artwork since 2006 and currently lives in Montreal. Blog
workshop handout: group reportage (2016)


BARRY JACKSON (London, UK) After graduating from the Royal College of Art a long time ago, Barry Jackson worked in publishing as a graphic designer and illustrator in the 1970s, but gradually became more involved in teaching. He taught design at several major UK universities and colleges, before his interest in design was overtaken by an interest in how people learn, leading eventually to a full-time role in the strategic development of learning and teaching in UK Higher Education. Every now and again he would find time to draw or try to make paintings. Since retiring from his full-time post as a university Pro Vice-chancellor he has found a lot more time to learn to draw, make occasional paintings, and develop his fine-art printmaking. He has been a London correspondent for USK since the blog’s beginning and is one of the founders of USk London. Website | Flickr


OMAR JARAMILLO 
(Berlin, Germany) has passion for traveling and story-telling, which is reflected by his drawings. The Ecuador born artist moved to Germany to complete his Master Degree in Architecture. His work at a landscape architecture firm later led him to spend some years in Italy, Oman and the UAE. Omar has started expressing his experiences, using mostly watercolors, as a way to explore his constant changing environments. In 2011 he was invited for 2 months to Hanover Opera House as an artist in residency to document through his sketches the Ballet rehearsals. He joined Urban Sketchers in 2008. He is a correspondent to the International USk Blog, Berlin USk Blog, and recently co-founded the Urban Sketchers Germany Blog. Since 2011 Omar has been based in Berlin where he works full time as an artist, illustrator and graphic recorder for advertising agencies. 
Blog | Flickr


KHOO CHEANG JIN (Penang, Malaysia) has been painting and sketching actively since graduated from the School of Architecture in UNSW, Australia. He likes to travel, and the streetscapes, old buildings and local people he visited and encountered with become the most loved subject for his expression in watercolors and sketches. He often leads weekly sketchwalks in and around Georgetown, Penang and was on a number of occasions invited to do watercolor demo and conduct watercolor workshops locally and overseas. He has thus far held 11 solo exhibitions in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and numerous local and overseas group shows. He is a Signature Member of National Watercolor Society (USA), co-founder of Urban Sketchers Penang and currently serves as the President of Penang Water Colour Society. Facebook | Facebook Page


NINA JOHANSSON (Stockholm, Sweden) grew up in Umeå in Northern Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm since 1996. Graduated from University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm 2002, and teaches arts, design and computer graphics. She also paints, mainly watercolours, and does some illustration work. Drawing has always been an important part of her life, and urban life is what makes her tick artistically. Stockholm is a constant source of inspiration for her sketchbooks. Blog
workshop handout: make room for a view (2017)

UMA KELKAR (California, USA) a watercolor painter for more than 7 years, is a multi-award winner for plein air + watercolor paintings. Having taken part in multiple national and international juried shows, she has also exhibited professional watercolor solo shows. She is an author of a book on sketching. Her work has been included in a Portraiture book and Urban Sketching book by Virginia Hein. She has curated professional gallery shows and administrated of 1800+ member watercolor painting group on Flickr. When Uma is not doing art on paper, she design chips for high speed communications in Silicon Valley. Website | Instagram

CH'NG KIAH KIEAN (Penang, Malaysia) was trained in architecture from Universiti Sains Malaysia and loves art, design and photography. He is a blog correspondent of Urban Sketchers and also one of the administrator of Urban Sketchers Penang. He published Sketchers of Pulo Pinang in 2009 and Line-line Journey in 2011. Blog | Flickr | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: sketching with dry twig & chinese ink (2017)

JOHANNA KRIMMEL (Darmstadt, Germany) is a communication designer, scenographer and artist. Travelling a lot for work her sketchbook has always been her close companion. For her, urban sketching is a means to fill up the inner library, connect to people and get a closer, deeper understanding of the world that surrounds us. The insights gained by urban sketching are always closely related to her professional design process, where she has to visualize concepts on the spot and create experiential and live event design for international companies in the automotive, sports and game industry. As an artist she has participated in several international solo and group shows and leads workshops in sketching and painting. Never standing still she is always eager to get inspired by fellow artists and discover new techniques. Website | Instagram


LAPIN is a french illustrator, an artist, an urban sketcher based in Barcelona. Lapin is a mobile illustrator who carries his studio to the street. Sketching is a way for him to record every second of his life and feel alive. Lapin filled about 170 sketchbooks during the past 14 years and he particularly appreciates sketching on vintage accounting books from the 70s which he finds in flea markets. According to Lapin a good sketchbook must contain two things: doodles of dinosaurs and vintage cars. Besides capturing his life in his sketchbooks he also teaches the art of "sketching" and participates exhibitions around the world. Lapin has published several books, among them are "Paris, je t’aime", "Carnet de Bagnoles", "Cuaderno de Cuba", "Lapin au Japon", "Barcelona m’inspira", and "Lapin à Istanbul". Website | Blog
workshop handout: cars in the city (2016)

VERONICA LAWLOR (New York, USA) is an illustrator and president of Studio1482, an illustration collective in New York City. She teaches drawing and illustration at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and Dalvero Academy. Ms. Lawlor has created reportage illustrations for numerous clients, including 3M, Brooks Brothers and the Hyatt hotels. Her on-site drawings of the September 11th attacks on NYC are part of the Newseum, the museum of journalism in Washington DC. Blog


FRED LYNCH (Boston, USA) is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design (his alma mater) and teaches in Central Italy each summer for Montserrat College of Art. He's been the recipient of Excellence in Teaching awards at both institutions. Fred's illustrations have been seen nationally and internationally for major corporations, magazines, publishers and newspapers. His onsite drawings have been featured in books, magazines and exhibitions. Fred has taught workshops in Italy, Spain, Brazil, England and the United States. Website
workshop handout: hunting and gathering (2016)


MÁRIO LINHARES (Lisbon, Portugal) studied at the Artistic School António Arroio. Holds degrees in Landscape Design (2001), Equipment Design (2009), a master in Visual Arts Education (2017), and he's currently a Ph.D. researcher about Drawing concerning the Sacred and the Profane. Art educator since 2001, draws compulsively since ever, and idealizes artistic and humanitarian projects since '97. Is married, have one son, and draws on the sketchbooks his wife makes. Enjoys walking, taking public transportation and discussing ideas with friends. He founded Urban Sketchers Portugal in 2009. He's the USk Education Director since 2013. Blog | Instagram


PEDRO LOUREIRO (Lisbon, Portugal) Born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sand castles led him to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove him to illustration. Works halfway between the two professions, as an architecture illustrator. Likes to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. Teaches sketching workshops regularly and tells his stories in the blog Storysketching and in Urban Sketchers Portugal. He is also a regular writer for Drawing Attention and has a side project with two fellow sketchers called The Wedding Sketchers. Blog | Instagram


JOSÉ LOURO (Lisbon, Portugal) Graduated in Equipment Design from IADE. Masters Degree in Design from FBAUL. Teacher and trainer. Participates in exhibitions, conferences, workshops and encounters on the topic of the “Sketchbook”. Coordinator of the post-graduate course «Diários gráficos - Sketchbooks», IADE. Coordinates the blog a janela de Alberti and collaborates on the blogs Urban Sketchers and Urban Sketchers Portugal. Blog

DON LOW (Singapore) born and bred in Singapore, graduated with a Master in Animation from Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia, United States in 2008. Currently, he is a freelance illustrator, and teaches drawing part-time in 2 local universities. He has been attending urban sketching trips and groups since 2009 and is a Urban Sketchers correspondent representing Singapore. Website


CLARA MARTA (Zaragoza, Spain) graduated in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). She is currently a teacher in the Higher School of Design in Aragon, Zaragoza (Spain) and the organiser of the encounters “De Vuelta con el Cuaderno” in Jaca, Spain (2009) and Zaragoza, Spain (2010). Collaborates in the blogs De Vuelta con el Cuaderno and Urban Sketchers Spain. Blog


JOSU MAROTO (Donostia, Spain) in architecture at the University of the Basque Country, and master in conservation and restoration of historic and artistic heritage. Nowadays he works as architect at the historic and artistic heritage department of the Government of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country, Spain). He is also professor of graphic expression at the University of the Basque Country and collaborates with the local weekly paper Goiberri as illustrator. Blog | Flickr


GÉRARD MICHEL is an architect and lives in Liège, Belgium. He has been drawing for more than 40 years and has taught drawing and perspective to architecture students during more than 30 years. His work has been the subject of exhibits in Belgium and France since 1980. Flickr


CHARLINE MOREAU (Nantes, France) studied spatial design and holds a Master's degree in landscape architecture from National School of Architecture and Landscape of Bordeaux. She works as a freelance illustrator in landscape architecture and she's a watercolor artist. Charline discovered urban sketching while she was studying abroad and filed her first sketchbook in Italy in 2016. She loves drawing architecture but can't resist composing with trees and plants. Correspondent for Urban Sketchers France blog, she has also been a workshop instructor during the 9th Symposium in Porto. Instagram | Flickr | Facebook


CHONI NAUDIN (Zaragoza, Spain) was Graduated in Graphic Design at the School of Arts in Zaragoza, her expertise in the world of bookbinding began in 1998 when she was offered a fellowship in Urbino, Italy. Since then she has continued her training, learning many different techniques in workshops of globally recognized professionals. For the past eight years, has her own workshop located in Zaragoza. Blog | Web

Nélson Paciência (Lisbon, Portugal) Nelson Paciencia is an architect, married, father of two boys, lives and works in Lisbon. He is USk Portugal blog contributor since late 2012, when he came across with urban sketching. Has often been invited to talk to students about his sketching experience, has participated in individual and group drawing exhibitions since 2013 (Portugal, Spain and Italy), and was one of co-authors of the “Lisbon by Urban Sketchers” book, published in 2015, and also for the new books “Portugal by Urban Sketchers”, and “Oporto by Urban Sketchers”, to be released in the 1st quarter of 2017. He won the scholarship to be the Portuguese correspondent in the 2014 USk Symposium in Paraty, and was instructor in the 2016 Symposium held in Manchester, for an activity and also a lecture. He is one of the instructors for the 10 years x 10 classes program in Lisbon, in the spring of 2017.He was a volunteer between 2014 and 2015 at Monsanto prison in Lisbon, giving regular drawing sessions to a small group of inmates.
He is currently the Portuguese Urban Sketchers Association coordinator (USkP), for the mandate 2016-2018. Blog | Instagram
workshop handout: follow your senses (2017)


RENATO PALMUTI (Sao Paulo, Brazil) I started my career in 1988 as a draftsman in a small studio, where I had the first contacts with the profession. In this period I was just about to finish the Advertising Technical College and began the course in Fine Arts at the Mackenzie University. I was a layout-man, a studio manager and worked as an Art Director in plenty of Advertising, promotion and design agencies. In 2001, I focused my work in Illustration, becoming a partner at 6B Estudio and in 2005 I launched my own studio, UP Ilustração. There, together with the staff, I apply my work in projects for advertising agencies countrywide. In the last years I have released a more sensual, plastic and expressive content in my personal artwork and studies for painting, drawing, plein air and live model. Participating in Exhibitions and Salons of Art in Brazil and abroad. And I have developed a series of watercolor workshops in schools and Art Studios.


CLAUDIO PATANÈ (Catania, Italy / Lisbon, Portugal) graduated in Architecture in 2008. He has taught at the Architecture Faculty of Venice (IUAV) in a workshop about contemporary architecture. For the "Galleria di Arte Contemporanea" of Siracusa (Italy) he curated exhibitions and film reviews on city and contemporary society. During the past three years he has lived in Lisbon, where he collaborated with architect's studios and participated as an instructor at the 2nd International Urban Sketching Symposium. In January 2012 he organized two workshops on drawing panoramas in Lisbon. He contributes to Urban Sketchers Portugal and to Urban Sketchers Italy. Blog

Delphine Priollaud-Stoclet (Paris, France) graduated from National School of Architecture of Paris-La Villette (ENSAPLV) as an architect in 1998. She has founded her own school near Paris, L’Atelier de la Salamandre, and she teaches drawing, painting and fine arts. She also organizes workshops all around the world to teach and promote the art of urban sketching and creative tourism. She is the author of “Créez votre carnet de voyage, Impressions nomades (Create your travel Sketchbook) and “I draw” (March 2015) to explain to children how to draw (Créapassions edition). Drawing the world to catch the line of life, very far or close by home, is an important part of her life, and she is filling her sketchbooks principally using Indian ink, watercolor or tempera. Besides drawing as another way to see the world, she loves painting huge abstract canvas as a memory of visited landscapes. Flickr
workshop handout: sketch life, not shapes: let lines and colors swing (2017)


NATHALIE RAMIREZ (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) was raised surrounded by art since her mother is a painter. She studied Fine Arts and Illustration in Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic, and from there she received a scholarship to study in Parsons The New School of Design in New York, where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Ramírez now dedicates herself to illustrating as a freelancer, as well as drawing on location every chance she gets. Blog



MELANIE REIM (New York City) is the chairperson of the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and a member of the NYC Society of Illustrators Board of Directors. Since earning her MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, Melanie Reim has illustrated for book publishers, advertising agencies, museums, magazines and major corporations. As a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic, Melanie took to the sugar cane fields with her sketchbook and supplies, not only illustrating her own reportage, but giving art lessons to the children in the local bateys. Reim’s documentary illustration is also part of the Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Blog

JAMES RICHARDS (Fort Worth, Texas) is an urban designer, artist, author and educator based in Siesta Key, Florida. His work explores great places and placemaking across the globe. He is the author of the award-winning book Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers, and is a sketching instructor for the online learning company Craftsy. He is the co-founder of Townscape Inc., an urban design consultancy, and is a former professor of landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He founded Urban Sketchers Texas, and serves USk as a blog correspondent, instructor and Advisory Board member. Jim has visited and drawn great urban places in over 40 countries around the world. His work has been widely published, shown in group and solo exhibitions and seen on NBC Nightly News. His watercolor sketches of Cuban sites related to the writer Ernest Hemingway’s life and work was the subject of his solo exhibition at the Nobel Prize-winning author’s home (now a national museum) near Havana during the 2015 Havana Arts Biennial. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a frequent keynote speaker for conferences and symposia. He travels globally to teach sketching and design drawing workshops for students and professionals. Website
workshop handout: capturing the crowd (2016)
workshop handout: the grand illusion: achieving a dramatic sense of depth (2017)



SIMONE RIDYARD (Manchester, UK) is an architect and senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art where she is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Interior Design. Whilst on a teaching exchange in Singapore in 2012, Simone discovered the global Urban Sketching community and set up Urban Sketchers Manchester on her return. Her elegant drawing style is very much about the value of pen, pencil and watercolour in the communication of space and buildings, and her research is concentrated around architectural reportage and in-situ drawing. Her book ‘Archisketcher’ was published in autumn 2015 and she is one of six artists featured in Manchester Sketchbook, published 2016. Simone is a member of the Society of Architectural Illustration (SAI) and teaches drawing workshops specialising in understanding of perspective. In summer 2017, she ran workshops in Canterbury and Manchester, and she was a Faculty Workshop Instructor at the last 2 Urban Sketchers Symposiums in Chicago + Porto (2017 / 2018). Illustration clients include Manchester City Council, Manchester Metropolitan University, Westbank Corporation (Vancouver), Hotel Costes (Paris) and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Her urban sketches were recently featured in the Sunday Observer News Review and on The Guardian website. (March 2018). She is also prolific on Instagram.

MARION RIVOLIER (Paris, France) is a scenographer and fine artist living and working in Paris, France. She is the head of the sketching program for second-year students at the École d'architecture de la ville et des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée. Her work includes public and private exhibition and theater design. For ten years now, she has also been drawing and painting watercolors outdoors, notably during her travels to places that include Russia, Berlin and New York. This work is complemented in the studio, where she is currently focusing on the human figure and color. Marion received her degree in scenography in 2000 from the Ecole Nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris. She is an active contributor to the Urban Sketchers Paris blog. Blog | Flickr

LUIS RUIZ (Málaga, Spain) is a PhD in architecture from the University of Seville. He has been drawing since he was a child, and began sketching on location since the first year of his studies. He found drawing on the spot as a valuable tool to study the city, to see people in their urban environment, and how the city is perceived as a live being, a great stage where human activity takes place and not a mere architectural setting. His doctoral thesis studied under these premises the historical drawings of his home city, Málaga, which is also the main subject of his books that show it through urban sketches. He is also the founder of a local group of urban sketchers. Blog | Flickr


EDUARDO SALAVISA (Lisbon, Portugal) Graduate in Equipment Design from FBAUL. He draws. He organises and participates in exhibitions, conferences, workshops and encounters on the topic of the “Sketchbook”. Author of the book “Diários de Viagem. Desenhos do quotidiano” (Travel Diaries. Everyday Drawings), Quimera, Lisbon 2008. He hosts the site www.diariografico.com and the blog diario-grafico.blogspot.com and collaborates on the blogs Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal and De Vuelta con el Cuaderno. Blog


INMA SERRANO (Seville, Spain) is a Spanish art teacher and artist from Sevilla. She studied Fine Arts and holds Degrees in Painting and Engraving from the University of Sevilla. For the past sixteen years she has been involved in the area of Art Education teaching mostly Creating Drawing, Painting and Photography. She currently teaches Visual Arts to High School students in Seville. As an illustrator she has collaborated with newspaper and magazines and has illustrated some books too. She has participated in national and international exhibitions related to travel sketchbook and graphic diary, which is her main interest. She has been instructor for 4 Urban Sketchers International Symposiums: Santo Domingo (2011) Barcelona (2012), Singapore (2013) and Porto (2016) and has lead many sketching courses in other European cities. She also serves as a correspondent in Urban Sketchers Spain. She needs sketching and drawing to understand the world and to be happy in life. Website | Instagram


JONATHAN SCHMIDT (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) studied fine arts and illustration at Altos de Chavon in 2001, Parsons in 2003, and the Dalvero Academy 2004. He combines his work as a freelance illustrator with teaching at Altos de Chavon / The School of Design in la Romana. His motto: “If you can think it, you can draw it. If you can draw it, you can make it a reality.” Besides drawing as a way to solve visual problems, Schmidt loves sculpting and painting. Blog


SUHITA SHIRODKAR ( San Jose, USA) is a California based illustrator and urban sketcher. She graduated with an MFA in Communication Design from Pratt, New York. Originally from India, Suhita attributes her love of color and her fondness for drawing people to growing up in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai. Suhita has taught workshops at 5 Urban Sketchers Symposiums and also teaches locally and around the United States.
workshop handout: people and places: life in contrast (2016)
workshop handout: people tell tales (2017)

ROB SKETCHERMAN (Hong Kong) ran his own creative consultancy for a little over 20 years, centering on design and illustration. After discovering the joys of sketching on location, he joined Urban Sketchers Hong Kong in 2014 and is now one of its 4 board members.
He has been requested to hold iPad-sketching events by Apple HK, and has run several others for various organizations, including an activity at the 6th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Singapore. Rob has also participated in several group exhibitions, and his work appears in various publications, including Sketches Under the Umbrella, a collation of works recording the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, as well as The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing: Tips and Tricks for Drawing on Location and The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective: Easy Techniques for Mastering Perspective Drawing on Location. BlogContact us for more info


PAT SOUTHERN-PEARCE (UK) has lived, an hour from Manchester, all her life. Trained as a painter and Lithographer, she now works for herself, juggling a fulfilling mix of her own work, Art Residencies, Inset training and leisure courses and has undertaken commissions for the BBC, CPRE, The Design Council and private collectors. A published author with works elsewhere, too, she began life as a Primary school teacher, left to take responsibility for Art Education at the University of Cumbria and is now an urban sketcher, artist and Independent Consultant in Art Education. Sketching is her first love. Flickr | Facebook | Instagram


LIZ STEEL (Sydney, Australia) graduated in Architecture at University of NSW and has spent 18 years working as an architect in Sydney, specializing in media projects. She is currently teaching regular on-location sketching classes and workshops throughout Australia as well as doing architectural illustrations for clients all around the world. She also teaches online courses at SketchingNow.com, adapting core drawing concepts to spontaneous location sketching. Liz is the founder and coordinator of Urban Sketchers Sydney.
Blog | Instagram
workshop handout: architecture in edges, shapes & volumes (2016)
workshop handout: lost and found structure (2017)
workshop handout: it's all in the details (2018)

VÍCTOR MARTÍNEZ ESCÁMEZ, a.k.a SWASKY (Barcelona, Spain) is a Catalan-Spanish artist and art teacher from Barcelona. He holds degrees in Fine Arts and Audiovisual Communication from Barcelona universities and also attended Nottingham Trent University in England. A trained photographer and videographer, Swasky shifted his interest to drawing as a way to show the world after joining the Urban Sketchers online community. Swasky’s first book, “Voltant per Sants" ("Going around Sants"), was just published in January of 2012. Blog | Flickr Contact us for more info

ASNEE TASNA (Bangkok, Thailand) is a Thai, a graduate of Chulalongkorn University in architecture, Bangkok Thailand. As one of the pioneering Thai architects to work in Singapore, Asnee lived and work in Singapore for over 25 years since its building boom days of the early seventies. Asnee has moved back to his hometown Bangkok in 2003 to enjoy a slower pace of life and to re-discover his love in drawing and painting. He has also developed a keen interest in travel sketching of places he traveled to, some of which form a main part of Architects’ Sketchbook, a book published in Bangkok in 2008. Asnee is one of an early Urban Sketchers correspondent for Bangkok and a founder of Bangkok Sketchers, the only open sketchers group in Bangkok with some thirty over members from various career fields and ages. Blog

THOMAS THORSPECKEN (Orlando, Florida) also known as Thor, attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In his 10 years as a freelance illustrator in the city, one of his assignments for the Daily News included sketching historic buildings throughout the city for a column called “Undiscovered Manhattan.” Thor relocated to Orlando in 1993 to work for Disney Feature Animation. After 10 years, the studio closed, and he continued to pursue his passion for art through teaching and sketching. His blog, “Analog Artist Digital World” began in 2009 as a resolution to post a sketch every day. He describes it as “his way to finally put down roots, to become part of a community, one sketch at a time.” Blog | Flickr

Umberto Torricelli (Milan, Italy) graduated in architecture at Politecnico of Milan, and is an artist, illustrator, and painter. He exhibited his works in several expositions in Italy and abroad. If you see somebody in Milan, sitting on a foldable stool, focused on drawing the city, it will very likely be him. He's a member of Urban Sketchers Milan chapter and Urban Sketchers Italy. In 2016 he published "Liberty. Taccuini Milanesi #1," a sketchbook about art nouveau architecture in his hometown. In his travel sketchbooks, he prefers architectural elements, or material objects of culture, because they've got personality and a history behind them, and they’re able to communicate just as much as people. He mainly uses ink and watercolors, in order to obtain an effect of immediacy, without any mediation. Facebook | Website | Instagram
workshop handout: sketch life, not shapes: let lines and colors swing (2017)

PAUL WANG (Singapore) has loved art since he was a child and he is now actively sharing this passion as an art and design educator both in Singapore and abroad. After finishing his Interior Architecture Design studies at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, he clinched an arts bursary to pursue a Technical Theatre design course in Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. His multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory training can be seen in all his colourful and dramatic sketches and paintings. In addition to a regular lecturing schedule, he actively provides architectural & theatrical lighting design services, serves as an Urbansketchers Board member and still finds time to teach numerous yoga classes a week. Flickr | Blog







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