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First sketching session of 2014: Downtown Vancouver Public Library

Here's our first session for 2014, unless someone else wants to set one up sooner. In that case, please feel free to do so. Any member can set up a meetup in this group. 

The downtown main library is a great location, centrally located, you can get there by Skytrain, it's free, there are options for coffee, food and public washrooms.

Plus you will find ready subjects in the form of library patrons absorbed in books or computer screens, sometimes even sleeping. Lots of free, unsuspecting models in any case. Or you may choose to draw the complex architecture around you instead. This location has got pretty much everything that we sketchers like.

Bring your own sketching materials. Let's meet at the beginning at 2:30 for about 15 minutes to say hello, then we spread out to draw either individually, or some in groups, and let's meet inside the Blenz afterwards at 4:30 to share sketches and experiences.


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  • Catherine Y

    It was wonderful to see such a great turnout, and the diversity of techniques and subject matter was amazing!

    January 8, 2014

  • Junichi h.

    A good sketch.

    January 7, 2014

  • Cynthia M.

    Great.

    January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving in from Surrey and arriving late, didn't leave me that much time for sketching or socializing, but I did have a good time. It made me realize that sketching is a very important part of art-living. I was sorry to not have met everyone there, because I also had to leave very soon due to parking. Excuses-Excuses-Excuses, I know, but I did upload the two quick sketches that I did manage to start. Thank you everyone that I did end up meeting. Wow, you all do such wonderful work!

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice sketching inside the library. The people don't move that much!

    January 5, 2014

  • Janette

    I sure liked the group and the time spent looking and sharing afterwards.

    January 5, 2014

  • Sigrid

    I ask people to contribute a loonie or a toonie towards the cost of the meetup group which is $144 a year, so if you have that on you, please pay me. If you don't have it, pay me the for next time you attend, it's no big deal.

    January 5, 2014

  • Sigrid

    If you arrive after 2:45, we will have spread out around the library already. You can walk around the library, looking for people with sketchbooks at that point, or just find a good place(s) to draw by yourself (we don't all draw together), and meet us afterwards, inside the Blenz, back room, at 4:30, OK?

    January 5, 2014

  • Douglas

    51. Wow!

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • Sigrid

      Crazy eh? This will be interesting.

      January 5, 2014

  • Junichi h.

    Great!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Josh

    Looking forward to meeting all of you very much.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Becky C.

    I'm going back to Victoria on the 4th. :( Sorry I can't make it... Have fun and Happy New Year! :D

    December 27, 2013

    • Sigrid

      Hi Becky, I think I can do a meetup on Sat the 18th, in the afternoon works. Will set that up a bit later.

      1 · December 29, 2013

    • Becky C.

      Thanks, Sigrid! :D The first meet-up of the year is breaking the record with 40 or more people attending! Wow! You will be very busy. :P
      Hi Tin! Great to see you too! The art at Uvic is all about contemporary art, and lots of criticisms on traditional art. Oh well, I survived it. :)

      January 2, 2014

  • Catherine Y

    Wow! Hopefully there will be as many library patrons are there will be sketchers - otherwise, we'll have to do quick gesture drawings of each other reading books or using the computers :)! Just kidding -it's sounds like it's going to be a great first event!

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Junichi h.

    I hope to share your pleasure, VUSs.

    January 2, 2014

  • Sigrid

    This looks like a record attendance! There must be some New Year's resolutions to draw more = laudable. I am excited, see you all on Sunday!

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Yanlai V.

    It is like the start of a new venturers for me, I am looking forward to meeting you all:)

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Violet S.

    sorry have another commitment

    December 31, 2013

  • Cynthia M.

    I'm looking forward to meeting y'all!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Sigrid

    Wow, 25 sketchers already and we're a week away! I am still in Tucson, where I have been sketching outdoors in 20-degree weather. Yes, I am gloating. But to warm up for the library sketching session, don't wait for January 5 — if you want get back into sketching, or start sketching, do it now. Get a sketchbook and a drawing medium you like, and draw something around your house. For example, whatever you see when you sit at your dining table.

    December 28, 2013

  • Davie

    Looking forward to drawing at this location again!

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • Tin

      What did you guys draw last time?

      December 28, 2013

    • Sigrid

      Hi Tin, to get an idea of what people drew, check out the photos here: http://www.meetup.com...­. We post photos of our sketches and sometimes of the location for each meetup.

      December 28, 2013

  • Ricki

    Happy New Year!
    A good way to start the new year at the best library in the world!
    Check out Huffington Post. December 2013

    1 · December 26, 2013

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