Thursday, August 05, 2010

drawing as storytelling

As I mentioned before, I have SO many drawings to share from the Urban Sketchers Symposium....a whole accordion Moleskine full! I'm trying to figure out a way to share the whole thing at once, but in the meantime, I'll continue posting snippets.

urban sketchers : gabi campanario

One of the many highlights of the Symposium was getting to meet Gabi Campanario in person. I've corresponded with Gabi via the internet for quite a while, and have also had the privilege to exchange sketchbooks with him over the past couple of years as part of the International Moleskine Sketchbook Exchange.

Gabi is one of the most dedicated sketchers I know! Not only is he the founder of Urban Sketchers, he is also a staff artist for The Seattle Times. At the symposium, Gabi shared some of his work at the paper and highlighted the type of people that he finds most commonly sketching: artists, architects and journalists. I thought this was an interesting observation and, oddly enough, while I've had training in all three disciplines, I feel, like Gabi, I approach sketching as a journalist more than anything else. I like to record moments. I'm less concerned about the picture being beautiful [thank goodness!] as I am it telling a story. This is why I think blogging is such a natural compliment to the work I do.

How about you? Why do you sketch? Why do you [or don't you] share you work online?


Haley said...

I guess I sketch to fully appreciate something - when I draw something, it's like experiencing it more deeply.

When I do decide to show work online, it's to get some feedback (I can't honestly say vanity is absent here), but also to hopefully inspire other people to give it a try. When I see other people's work on blogs I thnk 'Wow, that's so cool.
What do I have to do to do something like that? I'd love to give that a go!'

Elizabeth Alley said...

Yay! I got sketched by Suzanne! (That's me just to the left of Gabi)

I found the architect/artist/journalist comment interesting, too, because I am in the artist category, but am interested in moving more towards the journalist category, but I also find myself drawing buildings more than anything. The symposium definitely gave me a lot to think about.

dinahmow said...

I suppose I fall into the journalist group.Sometimes(like now!) when I have not sketched for a while it's hard to start again.So those roughies never see the light of the internet!
But I'm trying to organise my days so that I can dedicate one day to posting such stuff.

Kelley said...

That's interesting that journalists do a lot of sketching. I guess it's part of their love of storytelling.

I often sketch or doodle because I just feel this weird need to. I get these ideas in my head and the only way they'll stop bothering me is if I draw them on paper. So I'll just scribble some stuff really quickly, and it doesn't look very nice but at least it clears my head., I sound kind of crazy!

gabi campanario said...

thx for the kind words suzanne! it was so great meeting you in person after all this time and my only regret is that we didn't get to talk more, so we'll have to meet again soon somewhere around the planet. in the meantime, we'll always be able to talk through our little online avatars. keep the inspiration coming! your fan, gabi

Art Garden Diva said...

I'm starting to sketch and paint after many years as a professional photographer. I took a Watercolor Journaling class last fall and was lucky enough to find a group of aspiring artists to meet with. I have blogged about our journey. It's wonderful to find blogs such as yours to inspire and show me what is possible. Thank you for sharing!

Persis Shah said...

incredible sketching! thank you for sharing!

just stumbled upon your blog and i have to say its LOVELY! do drop by mine too when you have some time. perhaps we can follow each other. =)


Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

OOhh! I am so envious! I wanted to go to the symposium, but life intruded. I will attend vicariously as you post. :D