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Mar 30

Sketch Crawl 3-29-08 – part 1

I went to my first Sketch Crawl yesterday. It’s a artist event founded by PIXAR story artist Enrico Casarosa and attracts many artist who spend a day (11 to 5) in San Francisco drawing and “Crawling.” It was fun and inspiring to be surrounded by super talented artists.

The basic idea: to record nonstop everything I could around me with my pencil and watercolors. A drawn journal filled with details ranging from the all the coffee I drank to the different buses I took. After a whole day of drawing and walking around the city the name seemed quite fitting: “SketchCrawl” – a drawing marathon. The crawl was more tiring than I imagined but also more fun and exciting than I had thought. Giving yourself this kind of mandate for a full day changes the way you look around you. It makes you stop and see things just a tad longer, just a bit deeper … needless to say I loved it.

…The next step was making the SketchCrawl a World Wide event: having people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling and then, thanks to the Internet, having everyone share the results on an online forum.
So here it is, we have a website now, a few Crawls behind me, some by myself some with friends and artists from around the world … and hopefully plenty SketchCrawls ahead of us.

So after I BARTed into San Francisco to the Embarcadero station and took a tourist filled F line bus as far as I could. I then walked to the Ghirardelli Square structure to meet for the Sketch Crawl. There were all ready a handful of artist there and by the starting time there was at least 20 to 30 creative folks ready to go.

Sketch Crawl 3-08

Artist gathering…

Sketch Crawl 3-08

Fine Artist John Deckert shows of his cleaver way to prop up his drawing board on location.

By 11:30 we artist had invaded the square and were mostly drawing the tourist and our fellow artist. Here are some of my drawings…






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