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SketchCrawl at the Crocker

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Pen and Ink wash sketching Art by David Lobenberg

"PubCrawl" – going from one pub to the other, drinking all the way. Oftentimes not making it to your final destination pub.

A marathon of drinking that sometimes ends up with participants actually crawling in a drunken stupor.

This inspired Enrico Casarosa in San Francisco to come up with SketchCrawl. According to his site SketchCrawl.com he describes his 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.

I soon figured out it was much more interesting to do the marathon with a group of artists instead of all by myself! And so SketchCrawl turned communal. After a whole day of drawing it proved to be amazingly interesting and inspiring to share and compare other people’s drawings and thoughts. Different takes on our surroundings, different details, different sensibilities."

The Crocker Art Museum had it’s first SketchCrawl last night to kick off a new exhibition – The Artist’s View: Landscape Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum.

Last night beer was on tap at a no-host bar.  Artists featured in the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento’s Capitol Artists’ Studio Tour were on hand to discuss and demonstrate techniques featured in drawings on view in the Crocker.

Artists of all abilities were sketching art pieces on the third floor of the Crocker and along the Sacramento River Promenade, some capturing the Tower Bridge in their sketch in their sketchings.

Annie Murphy-Robinson sketches a white marble sculpture.

The first sketching artist I found was on the third floor sketching a piece done in white marble. Annie Murphy-Robinson, using a pencil to capture a piece she was attracted to because "there’s not a lot of color to gauge a color against another color in black and white terms."

She said this sculpture reminds her of a marble piece by her favorite artist Bernini where you can see the gripping fingers in pure white yet they look like flesh.

"The way the rope looks like it’s cutting into the flesh makes it beautiful," Murphy-Robinson explained.

She says she can’t imagine getting a chisel out a big chunk of stone and finding that. It’s fascinating to her.

This group faces the Tower Bridge.
Dwight Head works on a pencil sketch and may add in color if time.
David Lodenberg uses special brushes for his work.
David Lodenberg, top and bottom, did an "on the go pen and ink wash sketching", using a non-water soluble Sharpie and special water soluble pen and a water brush which has water in its handle. A separate water container is not necessary.
Gioia Fonda is photographed as she works.
Professor Gioia Fonda does sketches of the Crocker from the River Promenade.
The Crocker
Joe Johnson and his two kids work on some art on the River Promenade.
Two artists sketch two scenes.
A man sketches a piece of art in a third floor gallery.
The evening ended with a beautiful sunset.

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