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


Are you passionate about urban sketching? Do you have some spare time and skills that you can contribute?  Here are some volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Digital Graphic Designer

Urban Sketchers is seeking an experienced digital graphic designer volunteer to join our enthusiasts and creative social media team.

The Graphic Designer position is an online collaboration and teamwork with other urban sketchers volunteers from around the world who are shaping the future of the USk organization and engaging with our community. We meet virtually to discuss projects and to advance USk programs where graphics design creativity is needed.

To become a volunteer with our organization, one should be an urban sketcher, a member of our community, or of a local urban sketchers chapter.  Tell us about your experience as a digital graphic designer and your involvement in our community life.

To apply, send an email to

Volunteer Instagram team member

Join the USk Instagram team! Urban Sketchers is seeking a volunteer with a social media background who is experienced in operating the full line of Instagram features. For more information about this position, click HERE.

Past applications

USk Executive Board Vice President (VP)

The VP is a key member of the organization’s Executive Board and will be involved in strategic planning, membership and may transition into the position of President at the end of the VP term. The ideal candidate is a proven USk volunteer who has demonstrated leadership, organizational and community building skills. Apply by Aug 2, 2021. 
Details here.  Application closed

USk Executive Board Treasurer

The Treasurer is a key member of the organization’s Executive Board and will be involved in strategic planning as well as the day-to-day financial operations. Job applicants must have 1+ year of volunteer experience with Urban Sketchers. Applicants must be well versed with Excel and Google spreadsheets, QuickBooks not necessary but preferred. Has experience in financial management of a business or non profit organization. Apply by Aug 2, 2021. 
Details here.   Application closed

USk Executive Board Events Director

Urban Sketchers is looking for the next Events Director to steer the organization in master planning events strategies. This role will not only continue to work on on-going events like the International Symposium, but work on new events that serve the USk global community. A successful Events Director sees themselves as a global citizen and can juggle with varying lenses of local/global/regional events. A natural inclination to cross function under duress in live events is a must. Apply by Aug 2, 2021. 
Details here Application closed

USk Drawing Attention Managing Editor 

Urban Sketchers is currently seeking a volunteer managing editor to lead a team of volunteers responsible for the production and publication of the monthly USk zine Drawing Attention.  

The Drawing Attention mandate is:
Drawing Attention, the official monthly zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiums, sketch crawls, news and events; shares news about USk chapters; and educates readers about the practice of on-location sketching.

The managing editor works with a team of Drawing Attention volunteer writers and designers, members of the USk social media, sponsorship, and web teams, and the education and membership committees to ensure the timely publication and dissemination of the zine each month. This position may be shared between multiple candidates.
Application closed

Volunteer Web Team Member

USk is seeking a volunteer to join the Urban Sketchers Website Team. You will be responsible for making updates to the USk blog. The Web Team works with the Executive Board, Education Director, and Social Media teams to support the USk day to day work and special events. No coding skills are required. Familiarity with the Blogger or similar platforms is helpful. If you have ideas and passion for online communities, we’d love to hear from you! 
Application closed

Volunteer Social Media Director 

The Social Media Director works with the Executive Board to set long term strategies for promotion of the USk mission through USk’s social media platforms. The director leads a group of volunteers to assure that the organization’s mission and brand is expressed clearly through all its events, social media platforms and to allied organizations.
For more information about this position, click HERE.
If you are interested, please submit your CV and a letter of interest to
Application closed

Volunteer USk Sponsorship Director

USk is currently seeking a Sponsorship Director to serve on the USk Executive Board. For more information about this position, click HERE If you are interested, please submit your CV and a letter of interest to by July 6th, 2020.
Application closed

Volunteer USk Vice President

USk is currently seeking a new vice president to serve on the USk Executive Board. Please click HERE for more information. If you are interested, please submit your CV and a letter of interest to
Application closed

Volunteer Fundraising Director

USk is currently seeking a candidate experienced in fundraising to take on the role of Fundraising Director. The Fundraising Director creates and implements a plan to solicit donors and identify funding sources, based on preliminary work already completed by the Executive Board. The Fundraising Director will be a part of the Executive Board, which is comprised of officers and directors and oversees the day-to-day management of the non-profit organization, and will work closely with the Sponsorship Coordinator (Omar Jaramillo) who is already in place, to develop sponsorship opportunities.
Application closed

Volunteer USk President

USk is currently seeking a new president to serve on the USk Executive Board. Please click HERE for more information. If you are interested, please submit your CV and a letter of interest to
Application closed

Volunteer USk Education Committee Member

USk is seeking new members to join the Education Committee helping to review all the educational activities and strategize with the Education Director the future of Urban Sketchers regarding education. If you're an educator and passionate by USk, we need you! Members from any continent are very welcome. Please submit a letter of interest and your CV to
Application closed.

Volunteer Workshops Coordinator

USk is seeking a candidate for the role of Workshops Coordinator. The Workshops Coordinator is responsible for working with USk Instructor to get the workshop proposals approved, aid the instructor in getting the workshop information online, collect signed agreements, and be a liaison to the Communications team for promotion of workshops. The Workshops Coordinator works closely with the Education Director to support the overall USk workshops program. For more information about this position, click HERE
Application closed.

Volunteer USk Education Director

USk is currently seeking a new Education Director to serve on the USk Executive Board. Please click HERE for more information. If you are interested, please submit your CV and a letter of interest to
Application closed.

Volunteer Tech Team Members 

USk is seeking volunteers to join the Urban Sketchers Tech Team. The Tech Team is responsible for the online presence of Urban Sketchers and ensuring its smooth operation. The Tech Team works with the board Secretary and the Communications team to support the USk day to day work and special events. If you have ideas and passion for online communities, we’d love to hear from you! For more information about this position, click HERE.
Application closed.

Volunteer Sponsorship Administrator

Are you an administrative whiz interested in getting more involved with Urban Sketchers? USk is seeking a new member to the Sponsorship team. The Sponsorship Administrator collaborates with the Sponsor Coordinators and USk's large, international promotions team to ensure that Urban Sketchers meets its commitments to our generous symposium sponsors. For more information about this position, click HERE.
Application closed.



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