Friday, January 25, 2008

World Wide SketchCrawl17, San Francisco

I spent last Saturday in San Francisco attending the 17 th World Wide Sketchcrawl held at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown. The weather was very hospitable, the sketchers came out in droves and the square bustled with activity and great characters to observe.
I usually don't draw very diligently at Sketchcrawls; content to sit on a bench with a coffee, taking in the sun and relaxing after a long week of drawing storyboards. This time however, I sat and drew with a specific purpose, for hours, and while my resultant drawings aren't exactly setting the world on fire, I had fun doing them, learned from them, and loosened up a bit.
I also met a bunch of great people, saw some great drawings, and ended the day with a meal at Delfina Pizzeria, and Bi-rite Creamery with Enrico and his wonderful wife Marit.
A great way spend a Saturday. Many thanks to Enrico for organizing it, and to all those that attended.
Here's some excerpts from the day...
Enjoy,
James



I had trouble keeping up with these ladies. So much character, great interactions. Interest Everywhere!









Portsmouth Square.

12 comments:

Gerald said...

Nice sketches during the crawl. You have an awesome blog with tons of sweeeet sketches. I had to leave a tad early from the crawl. Catch ya the next crawl.

Emma said...

I like 'em! You always have this thing going on where your drawings look like a single piece - all the limbs and tilts and negative space work together.

Lee-Roy said...

Great sketches, James! Sounds like a nice end to the day, too.

flaviano said...

you really know what Stanchfield's Gesture is! great.
how many seconds for every piece?

Calvin Tsang said...

Very inspiring. James.

Monkeyfeather said...

Nice sketches as always. Too bad I missed you at the crawl. I see I ended up in one of your photos though.

PaulSketch said...

Awesome sketches! I saw them on the crawl forum, glad to have found you blog

:]

Skid said...

great stuff!

Chris Palmer said...

Glad to see you posted some of your sketchcrawl stuff! Lovely sketches and ability to capture people.

Thanks for the taking time to give some tips! Trying to put them to work now...

benjatoon studio said...

great sketeches man!! nice line! benja

Urban Barbarian said...

Very pleasing! Great style!

J said...

Hey Guys,

Emma- Thanks. That's definitely the goal.

Flaviano- Walt is a big hero of mine. I carry one of the books with me wherever I go. It's been right there with my sketchbooks since about 2001.

John- Yeah. I'll say hi for sure next time!

Chris- Nice meeting you too, but those weren't tips. I was making excuses from my own 'questionable' drawings. "I'm uhh.....just working on weight! Yeah that's it! Weight is key."
;)

Thanks all!