What the heck is a SKETCHCRAWL?

Basically, Sketchcrawl is a worldwide drawing marathon. The fearless leader of Sketchcrawlers everywhere (and the guy whose idea it originally was), Enrico Casarosa, picks a date to go crawling. People in various cities and towns, from Japan to Germany to Chicago to our very own Davis, CA, start madly organizing a route for the day, spreading the word and hoping a large number of people will turn up.

It really isn't a cult.

It's a great way to spend a day: wandering around a town, drawing with a number of other people who also enjoy drawing. Art (unless you're a performance artist) is generally a solitary activity, and it's a great change of pace to actually make art with other people who are making art.

There are other good reasons to go Sketchcrawling:

  • You get to see how other people draw
  • There are almost always people who will give you feedback on your drawings
  • Everyone's eager to discuss art and how to make it
  • Everyone's eager also to discuss many other things
  • You get to look like a bunch of tourists, but without the cameras
  • At the end of the day, you get to go somewhere for dinner or drinks and pass sketchbooks around, which is arguably the best part.

December 11th, 2005

There was a Sketchcrawl on December 11th, 2005. We had a great turnout, and although we ended up at about 3 pm with only four people left, we had about 10 people to start out with. Below are some of the drawings produced by our Davis Artists on this Momentous Day:

Emma: Thanks for a great day! Alison