Posted on Friday 25 January 2008

As many of you might already know, Sketchcrawl has been a world wide phenomena created by my good buddy Enrico Casarosa.

We all get together on the same day and sketch all day. We upload our sketches on the Sketchtravel Forum the following day and share our experiences across the world!! It all happened in more than 50 cities in more than 20 countries! What an insane idea!! From Tokyo to NYC, London to Madrid, and Berlin to Serbia!! I was at the San Francisco one where more than 60 artists showed up! From amature artists to some professionals… I can imagine there might have been easily over 1000 artists sketching on this day. No kidding!

1000 something artists mostly don’t know each other. But we all share common interests as artists and maybe connecting us shouldn’t be that hard. What an amazing experience. If you haven’t done so, please join us next time.

Imagine, how we can do the same towards global warming, or even eliminating all the wars in the world?
Am I dreaming?
Maybe….but getting 1000 strangers to come out for sketching all on one day sounded like a dreamy idea to me too.


28 Comments for 'sketchcrawl'

    January 25, 2008 | 9:41 am

    ohhh that colour painting looks nice

    January 25, 2008 | 11:44 am

    Master Dice these are wonderful studies. Is there anything you can’t do very well?

    January 25, 2008 | 1:48 pm

    Wow! Beautiful painting and sketches from the sketchcrawl!! Amazing actually!!

    January 25, 2008 | 3:25 pm

    Hi Dice! So nice to see you joining Sketch Crawl! I missed it this time cause of a cold, hopefully see you at the next one! 🙂

    January 25, 2008 | 3:31 pm


    Scott Watanabe
    January 25, 2008 | 5:41 pm

    Beautiful painting. I will definitely try to make it out to the next sketchcrawl.

    January 25, 2008 | 7:23 pm

    O wow thats great that you did a painting during the sketchcrawl. How long did that take you?

    cK - charles
    January 25, 2008 | 7:40 pm


    What I like about your artistry is that you let the medium speak to the audience. Initially, I felt that your work in goauche lacked the fire and spontaneity of your oils where your mastery extends to the point where the piece can be offbalanced and still work as you capture the moment. (NY Village paintings). I was so wrong. The Chinatown goauche piece is abstraction and palette of color > the green in contrast to the opaque, reflective off-yellow building with blue windows mixed with colors of the people. Wonderful!!!!!

    BTW, I had some friends at my house where they had many compliments to your Village painting. Also, currently I am hanging the African head study next to Ronnie Del Carmen (Nude) from the 1st 3 Trees Show. It contrasts very well.


    January 28, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    The color is jumping really nice on the painting. I like the range of the greens in light and shadow, the overall read of the shadow areas, the warmth of the store window interiors, and the simple handling of the windows up in the light. A lot to enjoy for the eye, and solid as a rock. Plus, you got one of the few sunny days to paint on in the last few weeks!


    January 29, 2008 | 1:10 am

    perfection my friend…i can only dream of painting like that . the pen sketches are fabulous as well. let’s talk soon before i head out to the Far East.

    January 29, 2008 | 6:52 pm

    You definitely are my personal idol!!! 🙂 Could you give me a suggestion? is there any about colors and light, which could help me-as well as practice-practice-practice painting and observing everything around me?

    January 29, 2008 | 6:55 pm

    “is there any book about…” i meant…

    January 30, 2008 | 2:28 am

    Oh man, both of those are amazing Dice. Fantastic job as usual!

    February 1, 2008 | 2:49 pm

    I know I been noising for keep saying this……
    but I just love your work a lot!!! ^^

    February 1, 2008 | 10:31 pm

    THanks everyone! I’m having a group show of early bird painters in SF later this month. I’ll make the official announcement soon.

    Thanks man! When are you gonna update your blog??

    Ever got your books back??

    Thank you. Love your animal drawings. keep it up!

    Thanks so much. Bagel told me that you took Nathan Fawkes’s workshop. Awesome..
    Let me know how that went.

    日本語ペラペラでらっしゃいますな。 どこで習われたのでしょう?
    ペンはもちろん日本性ですよ! ユニボールだったかな、、

    Scott. thanks a lot. yeah come on over next time!

    Thanks a lot. I recently checked your site out too. Good stuff you got there

    Thanks a lot i definitely enjoy the different result I get from both mediums.
    And good to know my painting is getting some compliments!

    Thanks for visiting my site Bill. And I’m so glad you started your blog too.
    I can’t wait to have the show with you guys next month!

    Cool. Good luck in Far East!

    Wow, Thank you. Well, might wanna try looking into Richard Schmid’s Alla Prima. that’d be a start. Not only does it have tons of beautiful paintings, he explains about painting quite well. You learn so much from it!

    cool thanks man.
    are you coming to Comicon this year?

    Thanks! Don’t look for my guilt. I’m innocent!

    February 2, 2008 | 11:57 am

    Your work is amazing.. to an extent that i feel, “i haven’t done yet”.


    that is my page..

    February 3, 2008 | 7:39 am

    I am most DEFINITELY going to Comic-Con this year, if everything goes according to plan that is.

    February 3, 2008 | 9:50 pm

    Dice , Good question! I just did Today! hehe!

    February 4, 2008 | 3:50 am

    Been awhile since I last visited around here. But man, lots of great new posts since then. Very much looking forward to checking out OOP2…too.

    February 4, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    Great sketches there Dice- and truly a remarkable story. 1000 artists is quite a gathering!
    take care

    February 5, 2008 | 11:43 pm



    February 6, 2008 | 2:56 am

    どうもすみません。日本語はまだまだですけど、一応北海道には二年間程住んだことがありまして。。。ちなみに、僕も今年のComic-Conに行く予定です。数人の友人とともにちょっとしたGraphic Novelを出そうと思っとります。Diceたちはブースの番号はもう決まったんですか?

    February 7, 2008 | 6:09 pm

    Oh, I know that spot well 🙂 Beautiful Dice!

    Shelly W
    February 11, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    Amazing painting of the temple~ very nice and unexpected colors~~ love your calendar piece as well!

    Always a treat to drop by,

    February 12, 2008 | 11:59 am

    I am going to try it out. Sounds really interesting!

    February 13, 2008 | 4:45 am

    Cool painting!! beautiful sketches!! love your stroke 😀

    February 14, 2008 | 1:41 pm

    Sketchcrawl came to Italy too 🙂 It was definitely an insane great idea.
    Lovely painting by the way. You caught all the atmosphere of that place!

    February 15, 2008 | 1:34 am

    thanks for stopping by Manu! Great to see your blog which has such fascinating and yet different type of art!

    cool. see you there then!

    Great new post! Keep it up please!

    Love your recent BW studies. I was just talking to my co workers the other day.

    How is NY!?? I might come out there in March!

    Thanks a lot! How is it going at school? 元気でやってる?

    wow! your japanese is insanely good for someone who lived there only for a few years!
    We are set up in the same booth as Flight. (right next to them) Stop by and show us your graphic novel! Would love to see!

    Goooooood to hear from you molly!!
    It was nice to see Thomas. Too bad you couldn’t make it but of course, you have a baby now~~. Hope all is well. Did your baby start painting yet?

    HOw are you young lady?? Blue Sky missed your talent! Your stuff is getting insane every time I check it out. hope you are having fun with that secret project!

    –Sheng Fang
    Thanks alot. hope you guys are all done on Horton! Can’t wait to see the film!

    Thanks a lot.

    Grazie!! I will be in Milan area in July for my friend’s wedding and hopefully I can paint in Italy!!

Leave a comment



Information for comment users
Line and paragraph breaks are implemented automatically. Your e-mail address is never displayed. Please consider what you're posting.

Use the buttons below to customise your comment.

RSS feed for comments on this post | TrackBack URI