April 22, 2011
Last Saturday I was in San Francisco for the 31st Worldwide Sketchcrawl. We were sketching around the Mission district, one of my favourite areas of the city. I love sketching in San Francisco. The thing is, because I come down early from Davis, I go a bit mad, and just sketch incessantly, barely stopping to eat or drink (save for the chocolate brownie I picked up at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market). It means I come back with a full sketchbook, but an empty stomach (actually, I made up for that at the end of the day with a massive burrito; there goes my plan for a new book, the Urban Sketching Diet).
We met at a cafe opposite Mission High School. It's such an iconic building that everyone felt obliged to draw it at least once. The tower is like a more ornate, smaller replica of one of the old Wembley towers. Further on up 18th Street, I climbed the steps of a partly boarded up building to get a nice aerial view of the blue Victorian building opposite. I love those buildings. After that, some more fire hydrants, plus the Mission Dolores itself, the oldest building in San Francisco. I followed that with more sketching and visiting comic stores.
At the end, we all met in Dolores Park to look at each others' sketchbooks, and keep drawing of course. The San Francisco sketchcrawl is always so popular and filled with such a variety of styles that it's a great group to meet with. You can see the rest of the SF sketchcrawl drawings on the 31st Worldwide Sketchcrawl forum.