A couple of weekends ago I joined Bill and a bunch of other talented people on the thirtieth Sketchcrawl. (More background after the cut.) I brought a sketchbook to the Fillmore, yes, despite not being a vocational doodler, but ended up photographing more than drawing. After executing one fairly passable profile of an interesting-looking guy’s face, I was more or less done. I used to be fairly decent at sketching, but I simply don’t have the endurance and discipline that everybody else in my group did.
It was extremely interesting seeing what people chose to draw and how they drew it. One girl next to me dressed like a designer, drew like an architect, and ended up – rather appropriately – being an industrial designer. Another gentleman next to me wore a signature shade of red in all his accessories: leather shoes, sketchbook, leather messenger bag, and a randomberry smoothie.
Oh, and then we happened upon a shih-tzu meetup. But what you should really scroll down for is CHARLIE.
I was trying fruitlessly to compensate for the bright sunlight while in manual mode but really should have just stuck to auto. As a result, a lot of these little dogs are overexposed.
I’m bummed I didn’t get to stay for the formal regathering at the end of Sketchcrawl, for it was off to Sedusa Studios for Nini’s and Rhea’s birthday. Good excuse, though, “No, I can’t meet up for the end of Sketchcrawl because I have to go to burlesque class.” (Too bad the routine was peas and carrots. We were all a bit underwhelmed.)
I’m still thrilled I had the chance to meet Charlie, though:
I almost cut a girl who gave him a hug while I fed him a treat. Everyone is fine.
Sketchcrawl was started by Enrico Casarosa, a story artist at Pixar. It’s an international “drawing marathon event” that’s somewhat regular – A date gets posted to sketchcrawl.com, invites spread through word of mouth, and a bunch of artists with blank pages in their notebooks descend upon a specified part of a city. Sketchcrawl #30 was pretty deep! Naturally groups break off of the larger meet-up, and after a day of drawing, everyone gathers again at a specific location. Just the thought that so many artists are living in the woodworks of your city is exciting, and the chance to share your work with people on your level is motivating.