I started following Urban Sketchers sometime last year. This is a global group of folks who believe in drawing our environment as we live in it. Much fantastic artwork is produced - all of it a testament to a time and place. This wasn't a new interest for me - when I traveled there was always at least the intent to draw, and a few years back I took an urban landscapes course at PNCA from Kurt Holloman, who turns out to be Urban Sketchers' Portland correspondent. Urban Sketchers eventually led me to find the Portland Sketchcrawl. This group gathers at least once per month to wander a particular area of our city and study it through drawing. I first participated in Fall 2009 but have been a diligent participant every since. Our last meeting was Saturday at the Ace Hotel; we had 6 sketchers. Here are some rough grabs of moments in the Stumptown Coffee area -
And all our sketchbooks laid out -
Well, this group is evolving fast! We recently started up a flickr pool and an Urban Sketchers Portland blog, where I recently introduced myself ("Romancing the City"). Out of the blue, we discovered the global Urban Sketchers organization is holding their first major event in July - here in Portland! - and it looks awesome. I had to sign up, despite the cost.
I'll be generating a flyer and business card for the Portland sketchcrawl group soon, and we'll be having a public urban sketching event at the King Farmer's Market this summer. So - you'll be seeing us around town more as the weather improves! And we'll probably be sketching you.