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


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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) graduated from Universidade Mackenzie as an architect in 1998 and since then he has been working in the architectural illustration field, producing more than 1,500 artworks. In 2006, he was awarded by the American Society of Architectural Illustration. He has been improving his art skills in the Mauricio Takiguthi atelier, one of the finest painters in Brazil. Since 2010, he has been teaching his method for more than 150 students in his own school and in several workshops, including three prestigious institutions in Brazil. He joined Urban Sketchers in 2009 and co-founded Urban Sketchers Brasil in 2011. Blog | Flickr | Instagram

SHARI BLAUKOPF (Montreal, Canada) is a Montreal-based graphic designer, teacher, illustrator and daily sketch blogger. She has a BFA from Concordia University with a specialization in graphic design but her true love has always been watercolor painting. In fact, she began taking workshops at the age of 12 and has subsequently painted and drawn her way across several European countries and parts of North America. She is co-founder of the Urban Sketchers Montreal regional blog and has given many watercolor workshops including one with Marc Taro Holmes in Portland, Oregon through the USK Workshop Program. She grew up and still lives in Montreal, where she continues to discover neighborhoods in her quest to find the best streets and back alleys to sketch. Blog | Flickr
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 an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, and a correspondent for Urban Sketchers. He holds degrees in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Oregon, and practiced architecture for a total of 12 years in Washington, DC, and Eugene, OR. His research focus is on the pedagogy of design communication, and specifically on analogue and digital techniques in the academic design studio. Each summer, he leads an 8-week architecture program in Rome, Italy, with location drawing being a prominent aspect of the program. His sketches have won awards on two occasions at the Design Communication Association's Biannual Juried Drawing Exhibit. Blog

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 and collaborates on Urban Sketchers. Blog

SIMONETTA CAPECCHI (Naples, Italy) completed her PhD degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing. She currently works as an illustrator and lectures at the Faculty of Architecture in Naples. Since 2006, she has curated four editions of "In viaggio col taccuino," an exhibition on travel sketchbooks with conferences and workshops. A selection from this exibition has been published in book form (Sguardi su Napoli, 2009) and several works are included in her blog In Viaggio Col Taccuino. Simonetta's sketchbooks have been included in many international exibitions and featured in edited collections such as Danny Gregory’s An illustrated life (2008). She contributes to Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives. 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 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

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

MIKE DAIKUBARA (Boston, USA) began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to be able to communicate faster and better 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. He’s currently the Director of Brand & Design Development responsible for all Industrial Design and Graphic Design disciplines at a Boston-based kitchen and bath manufacturer. He’s published 7 sketch-related books. Blog | Contact us for more info

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.

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

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 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

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 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. Contact us for more info

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

(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

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)

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)

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 | Contact us for more info
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 | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: hunting and gathering (2016)

MÁRIO LINHARES (Lisbon, Portugal) studied at the Artistic School António Arroio. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design, an academic graduation in Equipment Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, and a master’s degree in Visual Arts Education. Draws compulsively and idealizes artistic and humanitarian projects. 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 chapter in 2009. Blog | USk posts | USkP posts | 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 | Contact us for more info

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

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
workshop handout: follow your senses (2017)

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, sketchbook artist, writer and educator in Fort Worth, Texas. He's an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington, co-founder of the urban design firm TOWNSCAPE, Inc, and a member of the Board of Directors of the global non-profit Urban Sketchers. Blog | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: capturing the crowd (2016)
workshop handout: the grand illusion: achieving a dramatic sense of depth (2017)

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 and the blog and collaborates on the blogs Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal and De Vuelta con el Cuaderno. Blog

INMA SERRANO (Sevilla, Spain) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Seville, specializing in Painting, Design and Engraving. An art educator and illustrator for the past 12 years, she currently teaches Visual Arts and Technical Drawing to high school students in Algodonales, Cádiz. Serrano has also been a guest lecturer at Spanish universitites on the subject of travel sketching and her work has been part of international exhibits such as “Feria DEARTE Madrid” in Spain and “Matitte in viaggio" in Italy. She serves as one of the administrators of Urban Sketchers Spain. Blog | Flickr

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 graphic designer, 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 taught graphic design at the Art Institute in Sunnyvale, California. She also taught workshops at 3 Urban Sketchers Symposiums. She is currently working on 2 books.
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

LIZ STEEL (Sydney, Australia) graduated in Architecture at University of NSW and has spent 17 years working as an architect in Sydney, specializing in media projects. She is the founder and coordinator of the Urban Sketchers Australia blog and has a great interest in Renaissance and Baroque architecture, seeking any opportunity to travel to explore works from these periods with her sketchbook. Blog | Flickr | Contact us for more info
workshop handout: architecture in edges, shapes & volumes (2016)
workshop handout: lost and found structure (2017)

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
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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