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Sketch Club — An Afternoon of Creativity & Fun

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 1:00 PM

Do you want to communicate your ideas better visually? Do you want to learn something new? Do you want to get away from your computer and brainstorm? So do we! That's why we're hosting a Sketch Club event, and we hope you'll join us on Saturday, Feb. 15.

We’ll be taking over the Pixo offices in Urbana. Here’s the deal: 

• We’ll ask you to read ONE of these 4 great books on sketching ahead of time. (More details about the books in this post.)

• See What I Mean by Kevin Cheng (see note below about a discount for this book)

• The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

• Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook by Bill Buxton et al.

• Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud

• On Feb. 15, we’ll gather at Pixo and first do some fun exercises to warm up our brains and hands.

• Then, we’ll split into 4 groups for activities and discussion based on the book you read. The small group discussion leaders will be Maya Bruck, Dan Newman, Cate Kompare, and Melinda Miller.

• Finally, we’ll come back together and present to each other, so we can all learn about the 3 books we didn’t read.

• Also … we'll have snacks and prizes.

This event is for everyone — developers, engineers, managers, writers, and designers, etc. Don’t worry about your job title, previous experience, skill level, or comfort with drawing! We’ll be experimenting and learning together, so don’t be bashful. 

Still need some convincing? We’ve personally experienced the power of going analog, and the benefit of getting messy with paper and trying out ideas. Here are some resources for inspiration if you need it: Sketch, Sketch, SketchHow to Sketchnote: An Interview with Mike RohdeSee What I Mean video with Kevin Cheng; UX Sketch tag on flickr;  and Sketchnote Army examples.

The schedule:

• Noon: Optional lunch at Pizza M (buy your own)

• 1-1:30 pm: Registration and settling in. Please try to be at Pixo by 1:15

• 1:30-2 pm: Warm-up games and instructions

• 2-4 pm: Discussion and practice in small groups

• 4-4:45 pm: Present ideas to each other

• 4:45-5 pm: Wrap up

• 5 pm: Optional socializing and drinks at Crane Alley (buy your own)

What you should bring: Your favorite pens, markers, pencils. Nothing fancy is necessary. We'll have some basic supplies on hand. 

The deadline to RSVP is Saturday, Feb. 8.

This event will cost $5. You will be asked to pay $5 via Paypal at the time of RSVP.*

We will contact you after you RSVP and ask you which book you are going to read.


• Copic Markers are donating Multiliner Pens & a Ciao marker for each attendee.

• Axure has donated one license for its Axure RP wireframing and prototyping software. One participant will be chosen at random at the end of the event to receive this prize.

IPEVO is donating a document camera to be given away randomly at the end of Sketch  Club. You'll see us using these handy cameras to share drawings on the big screen.

• Art Coop in Lincoln Square Mall will be providing a coupon for 10% off any purchase. This store have a great selection of markers, pens, and paper among other things, and they're super friendly. You'll be able to stock up on some fun tools after our event!

• The folks at App Sketchbook are sending notebooks that we'll be giving away randomly to a few lucky participants.

Rosenfeld Media has donated 2 copies of Kevin Cheng's book and provided 30% discount on Rosenfeld orders. See our perks page for ordering details.

Pilot Pens will be providing participants with G-Tec-C, G2 Extra Fine, or Precise V5 pens to help practice what you're learning.

Rhodia is donating a notebook for every participant (including some of our favorite dot grid style!).

• UI Stencils is giving us notepads. Every participant will receive one. 

O'Reilly has provided coupons for free e-books. A few participants will be chosen at random to receive these.

Please watch our Twitter account and Facebook page for giveaways leading up to the event. 

* All proceeds will be used for snacks, supplies, and prizes. None of the organizers will profit off this event. 

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  • Karen R.

    It was great meeting so many new people and trying my hand at something new. I hope this is the first of many such events!

    2 · February 16, 2014

  • Jonathan M.

    Thanks for using meetup. I wouldn't have known about the opportunity without it and a link in LinkedIn.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Aaron M.

    Enjoyed meeting fellow sketchers and flexing my drawing muscles again. Fun and educational!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Jake M.

    Thanks for putting on such a fun and informative event!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Nancy O.

    I wish I could attend! It looks wonderful.

    February 14, 2014

  • Jonathan M.

    Scott McCloud's other books, Understanding Comics (1993) and Reinventing Comics (2000), get mentioned in this volume (2006). However, his previous proposals about the future of comics and storytelling are more clear in this book.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Lorraine G.

    Man, I'm jealous. I don't usually flake on reading a book, but I just started a new job and I've been trying to come up on the learning curve when I get home. I will try to get some reading done. I started "Making Comics" and it looked fantastic.

    2 · February 12, 2014

  • Jonathan M.

    I finished reading Scott McCloud's Making Comics this evening, so I look forward to discussing it with others this weekend.

    February 10, 2014

    • Cate K.

      Excellent -- looking forward to talking comics with you this weekend!

      February 10, 2014

  • Lorraine G.

    Wow Melinda, you and your team are doing a great job! I better get crack'n on my book to prepare.

    February 7, 2014

  • Melinda M.

    Copic Markers is now a sponsor of this event. Every attendee will receive a Multiliner pen & a Ciao marker.

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Melinda M.

    We've added new sponsors in the last week. Every participant is going to get a Rhodia notebook. A few lucky people will be chosen at random to receive an App Sketchbook. And one very lucky person will win an IPEVO document camera.

    January 23, 2014

  • Melinda M.

    Win a copy of Kevin Cheng's See What I Mean. Tell us what pen is your favorite. Details here:

    January 17, 2014

  • Melinda M.

    We'll miss you, Steph!

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it! I have plans on this date already. I hope you do another one of these soon; I would definitely like to participate.

    January 14, 2014

  • Cate K.

    Waiting with baited breath for my copy of "Making Comics" by Scott McCloud to arrive in the mail!

    January 9, 2014

  • Keith I.

    Sounds like a great activity. Note that 2/15 is also World IA Day - - so not sure if you will lose some people to Chicago. Maybe there will be some sort of global WIAD webcast you could watch together while you are sketching.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Melinda M.

    We've just added new sponsors. Participants will all be getting goodies from Pilot Pens and UI Stencils. And one very lucky participant will get a free license for Axure RP.

    January 5, 2014

  • Melinda M.

    Thanks to Rosenfeld Media for donating 2 copies of See What I Mean. We'll be giving those away through our Twitter and Facebook accounts in January.

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Ken H.

    Sounds like a fun day planned, I might try to attend weather permitting. Thanks for the email invite :>)

    December 15, 2013

  • Melinda M.

    We already got our first sponsor! Yay, Art Coop. Thanks for your support.

    December 15, 2013

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