Mass sketchers turn the world to art in a day

Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:52am EST
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By Rebekah Curtis

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - People and their pencils from New Zealand to New York are hitting the streets four times a year with a common aim: Turn the world into art for one day.

The 30th global "SketchCrawl," a worldwide, day-long drawing binge that takes place four times a year produced a gallery of images posted on website this month.

The images depict life across the world through a day of art. From penciled snowscapes of Iceland to watercolor palm trees in Hawaii and sketches of people chatting over drinks in a Norwegian café to a bustling coffee shop in South Africa.

"It's so satisfying seeing other corners of the earth, corners we might never see, observed and captured by a fellow artist's pencil," website founder Enrico Casarosa told Reuters.

The story artist, who works on animation and comics in San Francisco, conceived the idea of sketch "marathons" after going on a pub crawl for a friend's bachelor party a few years ago. Now, hundreds of people join the website's global SketchCrawls.

"I think the act of drawing can really renovate our appreciation to all that is around us," he added. "It's a wonderful way of being present."

The marathons, for people of all artistic skill levels, encourage participants to pay more attention to their everyday surroundings, while also stoking a sense of solidarity between those with a common interest in drawing and painting.

"This is my first experience, I'm very excited," Natalia Bobrova said of her first group SketchCrawl in London. "It's really great to meet people who love drawing, painting and sketching because I don't know anyone in the UK who does it."   Continued...