What we're about

Calling all artists looking to connect and share their passion with like minded individuals! As awesome as art is sometimes it can be a little lonely sometimes. So pull up a chair and have fun while you connect with fellow cartoonists, illustrators, and avid sketchers. I started this group because I love art and finding others who want to have fun and meet people by doing what they love. Members are encouraged to bring art books, comics, or even their favorite films. We will usually meet at coffee shops, boba places, and family restaurants and suggestions for future meet up spots are welcome!

Update 12/18/2015 Under new management. The group ownership lapsed so I picked it up. Pretty much all of the above still applies, but I'm more interested in group sketching expeditions than I am in socializing per se. Having companions along keeps motivation up. Even a glance at someone else's work can expose new possibilities for your own. So, social interaction, good, but less restaurants and more museums, parks, other visually interesting places. Also any cons (comic, SF&F, anime, UFO) in the area, ren fairs, tractor shows, martial arts exhibitions... I'm new to the area, so all suggestions welcome. And I'm setting it to allow members to schedule new meetups. Constant practice works well, so better a lot of small gatherings than a few large ones.

My free time is mostly during weekday daylight hours, and the meetups I myself post will reflect that. If those times aren't working for you, post a meetup yourself for the evening or the weekend. I assume most members have 9-to-5 jobs, so you'll probably get a good response.

Upcoming events (5+)

Figure Drawing at North Park Recreation Center

North Park Rec Center

There's a long-standing figure drawing group at North Park Community Park Recreation Center. Good place for it, nice people, great models. Twice weekly sessions , Thursday 10 to 1, Saturdays 9 to noon. More info here -- https://northparkdrawing.wordpress.com/about/ Exact address 4044 Idaho St, between Polk Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. That's in the southern half of the park, where there's a gym. There's also a cluster of unattached smaller buildings to the right of the gym. It's in the first one of those, in the Craft Room. Street parking is usually easy to find on Thursday, tougher on Saturday, and trickier during the occasional block party or park festival. Bring your own materials, $6 per session model fee, no instruction, no critiques, talking optional during breaks if you're into that kind of thing.

Figure Drawing at North Park Recreation Center Saturday

North Park Rec Center

There's a long-standing figure drawing group at North Park Community Park Recreation Center. Good place for it, nice people, great models. Twice weekly sessions , Thursday 10 to 1, Saturdays 9 to noon. More info here -- https://northparkdrawing.wordpress.com/about/ Exact address 4044 Idaho St, between Polk Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. That's in the southern half of the park, where there's a gym. There's also a cluster of unattached smaller buildings to the right of the gym. It's in the first one of those, in the Craft Room. Street parking is usually easy to find on Thursday, tougher on Saturday, and trickier during the occasional block party or park festival. Bring your own materials, $6 per session model fee, no instruction, no critiques, talking optional during breaks if you're into that kind of thing.

Insta-comics at the Feminist Comic Book Club Creative Workshop

Lestat's Coffee Hillcrest

This is cross-posted with the SD Comic Discussion and Creative Workshop ( https://www.meetup.com/SD-Comic-Discussion-and-Creative-Workshop/ ) and the Feminist Comic Book Club Creative Workshop ( https://www.meetup.com/Feminist-Comic-Book-Club-of-San-Diego/ ). Personal commitment is to creating at least one full-size comic page at the meetup, or, more fun, a mini-comic in pamphlet-format -- I'll bring some stapled mini-comic blanks anyone can use, or I can show you how to make a cut-and-fold mini out of your own paper. We're now at Lestat's Coffee in Hillcrest, with lots of tables, some pharaoh-themed furniture, good lighting and a menu including pastries and sandwiches. (IMPORTANT: there are three Lestat's in town, so make sure you go to the right one, at 1041 University Ave.) Probably a good meetup for newcomers -- my own tendency is towards lone sketch-marathons bracketed with a perfunctory group greeting before and a brief regathering for photos after, but these Comic Discussion people actually sit at the same table and like, talk to each other. Opinions are exchanged. Eye contact is made. It's not really my gig, this "casual social interaction"... but, variety is good, right? Core attendance for the combined group ranges from 3 to 6 people, I think we topped out at 10 people one time? Look for us with sketchbooks or tablets out and likely a small pile of comics on the table.

Figure Drawing at North Park Recreation Center

North Park Rec Center

There's a long-standing figure drawing group at North Park Community Park Recreation Center. Good place for it, nice people, great models. Twice weekly sessions , Thursday 10 to 1, Saturdays 9 to noon. More info here -- https://northparkdrawing.wordpress.com/about/ Exact address 4044 Idaho St, between Polk Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. That's in the southern half of the park, where there's a gym. There's also a cluster of unattached smaller buildings to the right of the gym. It's in the first one of those, in the Craft Room. Street parking is usually easy to find on Thursday, tougher on Saturday, and trickier during the occasional block party or park festival. Bring your own materials, $6 per session model fee, no instruction, no critiques, talking optional during breaks if you're into that kind of thing.

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