SketchCrawling is a really fun way to share your love of drawing: it turns a solitary activity into a group event! Sketchcrawls are open to everyone, whatever their age or ability. 

There is no ‘teaching’: it is about the buzz you get from sketching alongside other people, inspiring and empowering one another. Anybody who enjoys keeping a sketchbook is invited to take part. 

SketchCrawls provides an excellent opportunity to take those sketchbooks out into the world, as drawing amongst friends gives many people the confidence they need to sketch in public.

There are informal groups all over the world, but I organise a monthly SketchCrawl in the north of England. We meet up at a pre-arranged venue, somewhere different each month, moving around together, stopping at various places for about an hour at a time to capture the things we see around us in our sketchbooks. 

There are no rules - you can draw whatever takes your fancy, using whichever medium you wish (as you can see, we sometimes draw each other!)

We stop for lunch together midway, in a cafe or for a picnic. Some people carry on drawing even as we eat! 

We try to finish in a cafĂ© or bar too, where it is fun to pass round the sketchbooks, so we can share what we have created.

No art materials are provided: you will need a sketchbook (A6 – A4 are the easiest on the move) and your favourite media. Some people use coloured pencils, pastels or watercolour, but many of us are content with just a pencil. If you are new to SketchCrawling, I suggest you begin with whatever you're comfortable using, but you're bound to find yourself inspired to try new media next time!

You don't need much else - a brolly is often handy if we're outside and warm clothing! You might also want a pad to sit on, or a portable stool if you can’t sit on the ground.

In Sheffield, we are so keen, we have developed 2 spin-off activities: the Tour de Sketch, which is SketchCrawling on bikes:

...and the SketchJam: drawing live music:

I always write up our days here. If you would like to be on a mailing list, to be notified about up-coming SketchCrawls in our area, let me know.

The sketches here are all from my own sketchbooks, but you can see some of the work done by other people if you look in on our SketchCrawl North group on Facebook.

If you enjoy sketching, you might be interested in my short film about how and why I keep sketchbooks, or in looking through some of my sketchbooks, both from the UK and from my travels in Europe or further afield.


Maureen said...

Inspired by your blog I did the Sketch Crawl here in Chichester - a group of one - just me. First time - very scary!

Lynne the Pencil said...

Well done Maureen!! It will get easier as you get used to people. Hopefully you can make contact with some other folks for next time!