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Night sketching @ Day of the Dead

Let's meet up at Precita Park cafe to go over the plan and introduce ourselves so we can find each other in the dark. We'll hang out there from 6:15-6:45 and then walk together a couple of blocks over to the Garfield Park altars. If you're late, call or text Laurie at (415)[masked] to find out where we are.

Draw in the dark on your smartphone or tablet. (Sketching on paper also OK!) We'll sketch the altars in Garfield Park, walk up along 24th and Mission Streets to see the procession and end up in a cafe to work some more on our sketches and share information about tools and techniques.

This the first electronic sketching event we've ever done, so we'll be experimenting a little to figure out what works best. We can try gesture sketching on the spot but I'm guessing that most people will take photos on their phone or tablet and then work over them in a painting app once we sit down.

The advantage of painting on an electronic device like an iPad is that you can paint with light onto a dark surface, just the way you see things at night. There will be lots of bright glowing colors to try and capture, and the spirit of the event will be inspiring. Think about bringing a photo on your phone or tablet of someone you loved who has died, and build a sketch around that photo, using the beautiful altars in Garfield Park for ideas.

You can read more about El Dia de los Muertos here: http://www.dayofthedeadsf.org/

cheers,

Laurie

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  • Sue

    Fun event - fun company- great evening

    November 5, 2012

  • Vivian

    Lost you all in the dark but that was mainly because I was too busy wandering and taking it all in. Then I forgot the name of the coffee shop. Oye! You were such a friendly and warm group. I will catch you all next time :-)

    November 3, 2012

  • Carrie Lee M.

    As a first-timer at a DOD event I tried to take in everything: the sounds, colors, etc. I met a number of sketchers in our group who were as talented as they were nice.

    November 2, 2012

  • dorothy y.

    Wow, my first time at the celebrations. Lots to see.

    November 2, 2012

  • Marilyn M.

    Were are you located? We were just at precita prk

    November 2, 2012

    • dorothy y.

      You were to meet us at the Precita cafe at 6:15 and then go to the celebrations beginning at Garfield park. Sorry we missed you. I hope you went to the parade.

      November 2, 2012

  • dorothy y.

    I can use my daughters Kindle fire. Will this do? If so, what app do I buy for it? For a borrowed ipad, sketch book pro?

    October 30, 2012

    • Sue

      D - Consider buying Brushes. It's a lot easier to learn then Sketchbook Pro and yet it also has layers. Paper is good, but it doesn't have a flood-fill for dark backgrounds. You have to buy the separate tools with Paper. It makes nice sketchbook collections, though. Lots to consider, I know. Hope to see you there!

      November 2, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    I look forward to joining and meeting the group from 6pm-7pm. It will be my first time attending.

    November 1, 2012

  • Anne W.

    I forgot about another commitment at 5:00. I will try and make it, but I can't leave Walnut Creek until 6:30, and won't be in the City until about 7:30 or even 8:00 - how late are you guys planning to draw?

    November 1, 2012

    • Laurie W.

      I don't know--this is kind of an experiment. My guess is that things will wrap up around 9:00.

      November 1, 2012

  • Laurie W.

    Jana recommends bringing something to sit on, and I think that's a good idea.

    October 30, 2012

    • Vivian

      Are you thinking of a chair or a piece of plastic? Is this in case we want to sit down at the parade?

      November 1, 2012

    • Jana B.

      I was thinking of a lightweight folding stool if you want to be able to sit and sketch. Mine came in handy at the Day of the Dead event in Oakland last weekend.

      1 · November 1, 2012

  • Lauren

    Hey Sketchers, Just a reminder that Gustavo is having an opening at Puerto Allegre from 3-5. The address: 546 Valencia. Anybody going?

    October 30, 2012

    • Laurie W.

      Is that the same night? If so, let's go.

      October 31, 2012

  • Anne W.

    I am bringing an old fashioned sketchbook and drawing utensils. I once sketched in a slowly moving candlelight march in Florida - there was plenty enough light to work with - my guess is that this event will be the same.

    October 30, 2012

  • Carrie Lee M.

    hi! I wish i could go -sounds like fun but i'm a newby tablet user. I only discovered how to download drawing apps to my kindle just last week. this week I finally figured out how to use the color feature. :) So I'm curious to see how its done. Would anyone mind having someone peeking over their shoulders?

    October 29, 2012

    • Laurie W.

      Carrie, I think we are all figuring it out as we go along. Like every other meetup, it's just practice. I'm hoping we can learn from each other.

      October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a cool idea! I have an iPad and a stylus, but I've never tried actually drawing anything. I'll have to explore this a bit beforehand...

    September 21, 2012

  • Sue

    I've used Sketch Book Pro - takes a little bit of time to get used to all the tools, but is very robust and has many layer features. Under $10.
    Also have used Paper which is simple, and fun to use. Limited colors. Have to buy additional tools at a couple of dollars each. Not sure if Paper allows for photo importing for working on in the app.
    I like Brushes, too, with it's easy upload to Apples cloud from the iPad.

    September 21, 2012

  • susan m f.

    I use Brushes and Artstudio. Artstudio's recent update wiped all my drawings so they're on my merde list right now

    September 21, 2012

  • Laurie W.

    What apps have your been using?
    I've been working with Brushes, but am not entirely happy with it and am looking for suggestions of other apps to try.

    September 21, 2012

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