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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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

List of Official Regional Chapters

216 official Urban Sketchers Chapters worldwide and growing!

If you are the Administrator of a USk Regional Chapter and your chapter is not listed here, we want to hear from you. Please contact Richard Alomar or Wiltfried Pathuis.

Africa

Egypt

Urban Sketchers Alexandria

Ghana

Urban Sketchers Accra

Kenya

Urban Sketchers Nairobi

South Africa

Urban Sketchers Capetown
Urban Sketchers Johannesburg
Urban Sketchers Stellenbosch

Tunisia

Urban Sketchers Tunis

Asia

Bangladesh

Urban Sketchers Dhaka

Bhutan

Urban Sketchers Thimphu

China

Urban Sketchers Beijing
Urban Sketchers Hong Kong
Urban Sketchers Macao

India

Urban Sketchers Delhi
Urban Sketchers Hyderabad
Urban Sketchers Pune
Urban Sketchers Mumbai
Urban Sketchers Gwalior

Indonesia

Urban Sketchers Indonesia
Urban Sketchers Bali
Urban Sketchers Medan
Urban Sketchers Pekalongan
Urban Sketcher Surabaya

Israel

Urban Sketchers Jerusalem
Urban Sketchers Tel Aviv

Japan

Urban Sketchers Japan

Korea

Urban Sketchers Seoul
Urban Sketchers Suwon

Lebanon

Urban Sketchers Lebanon

Malaysia

Urban Sketchers Batu Pahat
Urban Sketchers Ipoh
Urban Sketchers of Kuala Lumpur
Urban Sketchers Kuching
Urban Sketchers Penang
Urban Sketchers Sabah

Palestine

Urban Sketchers Ramallah

Philippines

Urban Sketchers Philippines
Urban Sketchers Capiz
Urban Sketchers Cebu
Urban Sketchers Ilocos

Singapore

Urban Sketchers Singapore

Taiwan

Urban Sketchers Hsin Chu
Urban Sketchers Puli Puli
Urban Sketching Taipei
Urban Sketchers Yunlin Yunlin

Thailand

Urban Sketchers Thailand

United Arab Emirates

Urban Sketchers Dubai

Vietnam

Urban Sketchers Ho Chi Minh City

Europe

Austria

Urban Sketchers Vienna

Belgium

Urban Sketchers Belgium

Denmark

Urban Sketchers Copenhagen

Czech Republic

Urban Sketchers Prague

England

Urban Sketchers Alty Altrincham
Urban Sketchers Bedford
Urban Sketchers Birmingham
Urban Sketching Bristol
Urban Sketchers Cambridge
Urban Sketchers Devon & Cornwall
Urban Sketchers Hull
Urban Sketchers Liverpool
Urban Sketchers London
Urban Sketchers Manchester
Urban Sketchers Northampton
Urban Sketchers Norwich
Urban Sketching Oxford
Urban Sketchers Yorkshire
Urban Sketchers Southampton
Urban Sketchers Stoke-on-Trent
Urban Sketchers Swindon
Urban Sketchers Tyne and Wear

European Russia

Urban Sketchers Moscow
Urban Sketchers Saint Petersburg
Urban Sketchers Volgograd

France

Urban Sketchers Belfort
Urban Sketchers Bourgogne Franche-Comte
Urban Sketchers Paris
Urban Sketchers Strasbourg

Germany

Urban Sketchers Berlin
Urban Sketchers Duesseldorf/Cologne
Urban Sketchers Hamburg
Urban Sketchers Hannover
Urban Sketchers Karlsruhe
Urban Sketchers Munich
Urban Sketchers Rhein-Main
Urban Sketchers Stuttgart

Hungary

Urban Sketchers Budapest
Urban Sketchers Miskolc

Ireland

Urban Sketchers Dublin
Urban Sketchers Galway
Urban Sketchers Mid Ulster

Italy

Urban Sketchers Liguria
Urban Sketchers Milan
Urban Sketchers Rome
Urban Sketchers Sardinia

Latvia

Urban Sketchers Riga

Luxembourg

Urban Sketchers Luxembourg

Netherlands

Urban Sketchers Netherlands

Poland

Urban Sketchers Poland

Portugal

Urban Sketchers Portugal Association
Urban Sketchers Portugal-Açores
Urban Sketchers Portugal-Beiras
Urban Sketchers Portugal-Madeira
Urban Sketchers Portugal-Norte
Urban Sketchers Terceira

Scotland

Spain

Urban Sketchers Almeria
Urban Sketchers Barcelona
Urban Sketchers Córdoba
Urban Sketchers Estepona
Urban Sketchers Girona
Urban Sketchers Gran Canaria Island
Urban Sketchers Huelva
Urban Sketchers Jaén
Urban Sketchers Lanzarote
Urban Sketchers Malaga
Urban Sketchers Melilla
Urban Sketchers Pirineus

Sweden

Urban Sketchers Eskilstuna
Urban Sketchers Malmö
Urban Sketchers Norrköping
Urban Sketchers Stockholm

Switzerland

Urban Sketchers Switzerland

Ukraine

Urban Sketchers Ukraine
Urban Sketchers Chernivtsi
Urban Sketchers Dnipro
Urban Sketchers Kharkiv
Urban Sketchers Odessa

Central America

Costa Rica

Urban Sketchers Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

Urban Sketchers República Dominicana

North America

Bermuda

Hamilton Urban Sketchers

Canada

Urban Sketchers Montreal
Urban Sketchers Ottawa
Urban Sketchers Toronto
Urban Sketchers Vancouver
Urban Sketchers Victoria
Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region

Mexico

Urban Sketchers Cancun
Urban Sketchers Córdoba-Orizaba
Urban Sketchers Guadalajara
Urban Sketchers Ciudad de Mexico
Urban Sketchers Morelos
Urban Sketchers San Miguel de Allende

USA

Urban Sketchers Albany
Urban Sketchers Albuquerque
Urban Sketchers Atlanta
Urban Sketchers Austin
Urban Sketchers Bellingham
Urban Sketchers Boston
Urban Sketchers Boulder
Urban Sketchers Buffalo
Urban Sketchers Charleston
Urban Sketchers Charlottesville
Urban Sketchers Chicago
Urban Sketchers Cincinnati
Urban Sketchers Cleveland
Urban Sketchers Columbus, OH
Urban Sketchers Dallas/Fort Worth
Urban Sketchers Delaware
Urban Sketchers Fredericksburg
Urban Sketchers Gulfport Florida
Urban Sketchers Kansas City
Urban Sketchers Las Vegas, Nevada
Urban Sketchers Lawrence, Kansas
Urban Sketchers Los Angeles, CA
Urban Sketchers Lubbock, TX
Urban Sketchers Madison
Urban Sketchers Memphis
Urban Sketchers Miami
Urban Sketchers Middletown, CT
Urban Sketchers Midwest
Urban Sketchers North Bay San Francisco
Urban Sketchers NYC
Urban Sketchers O‘ahu
Urban Sketchers Philadelphia
Urban Sketchers Plattsburgh
Urban Sketchers Portland
Urban Sketchers Port Townsend, WA
Urban Sketchers Raleigh, NC
Urban Sketchers San Diego
Urban Sketchers San Francisco Bay Area
Urban Sketchers Seattle
Urban Sketchers Syracuse
Urban Sketchers Tacoma
Urban Sketchers Tri-Cities Pasco, WA
Urban Sketchers Twin Cities Minneapolis/ St Paul
Urban Sketchers Washington DC
Orlando Urban Sketchers
Charlotte Urban Sketchers

Oceania

Australia

Urban Sketchers Brisbane
Urban Sketchers Cairns
Urban Sketchers Canberra
Urban Sketchers Hobart
Urban Sketchers Launceston
Urban Sketchers Melbourne
Urban Sketchers Perth
Urban Sketchers Sydney
Urban Sketchers Townsville
Urban Sketchers Wollongong

New Zealand

Urban Sketchers Aotearoa

South America

Brasil

Urban Sketchers Aracaju
Urban Sketchers Araraquara Urban Sketchers Brasília
Urban Sketchers Brasil
Urban Sketchers Curitiba
Urban Sketchers Feira de Santana
Urban Sketchers Florianópolis
Urban Sketchers Fortaleza
Urban Sketchers Mogi das Cruzes
Urban Sketchers Natal-RN
Urban Sketchers Rio de Janeiro
Urban Sketchers Salvador
Urban Sketchers São Carlos City
Urban Sketchers São Paulo

Chile

Urban Sketchers Chile

Colombia

Urban Sketchers Medellin
Urban Sketchers Pereira

Ecuador

Urban Sketchers Quito


Last updated 04 November 2017 KS

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