26 December 2014
Nothing much brings comfort to an artist when he is immersed in his own world scribbling images on a paper on a lazy day. I guess doing such activities can be such sweet bliss dictated by the tip on the pen or pencil. In the world of the digital age, we tend to neglect the core essentials why we love to work on our art. But to spend time drawing or doodling can be a means to find ourselves and our own way of looking on ordinary things.
A typical Monday afternoon can be as mundane to most but for a few of the local visual artists of Iloilo it can be something to look forward to. Armed with a pencil or pen and a sketch book or whatever piece of paper they can bring they set out to explore and express their own visions and dwell in their own worlds.
SketchCrawl in itself is not an original concept, it is a borrowed idea which has been prevalent around the world. An original idea of Enrico Casarosa, a visual artist from San Francisco, California way back February 2006, it has since then become a movement and has created communities of artists from all over the world. It first started as a group of friends decided to “crawl” around pubs around the city of San Francisco, visiting ten bars or pubs as a way to have a fun bachelors party. From those said drunken sprees came an the idea of visiting places and drawing or sketching things from those places. And so with the goal of recording everything around him with his pencil and watercolors, much like a hobbyist photographer would snap away photos when one encounters a new place. Eventually his sketchbook became a journal in itself, in it’s pages are recorded scribbles and drawn images of things he saw and places visited. After a while, more artists joined him and it eventually grew into a community. From there, the idea spread and by a few years time, communities of visual artists around the globe are indulging themselves in the idea of SketchCrawling.
Inspired by such an idea, a group of young visual artists in Iloilo City decided that they too can partake in such activity and enjoy the time spent with fellow artists and friends. The beauty of SketchCrawling means that you are not limited to what you need to draw or with what medium. One does not have to be very skilled to actually join in such an activity. And it also gives one a different take on the ordinary things you always get to see everyday.
These guys decided to atleast keep one Monday of the month free to gather and decide which place to visit for the sake of drawing. They do try to keep this schedule flexible as to accommodate anybody who are really interested.
The first SketchCrawl itself was with 3 people on a rainy afternoon in a cafe overlooking the Iloilo River. From there they planned out to atleast visit plazas and significant places around Iloilo City and it’s surrounding towns. It is a small group as of now, but the artists are hoping that it will soon become a bigger movement and that it will be something for everybody to enjoy.
More insights on SketchCrawl: http://www.sketchcrawl.com/
The Iloilo City group has it’s own FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SketchCrawlCulture/
art, coffee and beer on a rainy Monday afternoon
scribbling away drawings in Oton, Iloilo
fooling around Janiuay, Iloilo
time off at the beach in Villa Arevalo after a day of drawing
Fort San Pedro