Sketching at the Davis Farmers’ Market

Sketching at the local farmers’ market is drawing subject overload. A sketcher’s dream. So our local sketch group, Let’s Draw Davis, met there headed up by Pete Scully, a locally and maybe internationally known urbansketcher. (He also had published sketching books in which some of my sketches are in.)

I’ve been trying to get more quick sketch people in.  I love sketching people performing, all dressed up or just behaving in a normal fashion. The arm of the band singer and the head of the nursing mother is a bit off but quick sketching is about capturing the gesture – no concern about getting the proportions right.

Check out my Flickr page for more sketches. Enjoy!

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Band Singer, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in a Moleskine pocket size watercolor sketchbook, marker and watercolor
Nursing, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in a Moleskine pocket size watercolor sketchbook, marker and watercolor

Let’s Draw Davis Sketchcrawl

After a long absence, our Davis sketching group finally meet again. We started off at the Davis Farmers Market around 10:30 am. The weather was perfect; warm not hot and breezy. Packed with people for their fresh food shopping, there was also a rally going on. A grand opportunity to sketch groups of people standing still in one place.

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“No Crude by Rail” Rally at the Davis Farmers Market

After completing the rally sketch, maybe within an hour, I spotted this tent with fabrics blowing in the wind. The challenge here was getting the perspective of the tent and the other tents right. Also trying not to be overburdened with details of the numerous fabrics and tote bags on display. Another nice challenge is to create an impression of crowds of people passing without drawing every single one of them.

It happened that I knew one of the women in that booth. She and I had sons who had played on the same soccer team for many years. She loved the sketch and took a photo of it right then and there.

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Colorful Fabrics at the Davis Farmers Market

In the afternoon, I walked more into the center of town. Less people since the farmers market closed down after 1. I spotted this popular coffee shop with its umbrellas and patrons enjoying the warm afternoon.

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Saturday Afternoon at Mishka’s Cafe

At 3:30 pm the sketchers who stayed until the very end got together to share our sketches. It was a great outing and I am definitely looking forward to the next one…though maybe I’ll try to be brave and go on my own.

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My sketchbook kit: Holbein Multi-Drawing Book, 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches, waterbrush for  watercolors, pencil and a Lamy pen filled with Noodlers’ waterbased ink.

Check out these websites on urban sketching: Pete Scully (who is in the yellow shirt is the coordinator) and Urbansketchers.



It was a beautiful Sunday morning . . .

and I went on a solo sketchcrawl. I had participated in the Davis sketchcrawl, “Let’s Draw Davis” which is part of a worldwide movement of sketchers, “Urban Sketchers“.

It was a great way to getaway and meet up with a friend just to talk.

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Manna Korean BarBQ
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Hunan Restaurant

I discovered this little sketchbook made by Holbein. It handles watercolor well and is not very thick so I can carry it in my bag. Plus it’s spiralbound.

Village Bakery sketch

Village Bakery, with sig 300 dpi

This sketch was done during a sketch crawl. I had been very active in “Let’s Draw Davis” urban sketch crawl group. We met once a month in different location each time and sketch the surroundings. Later we’ll meet up at the end of the day to look at what we had accomplished. Usually my sketches are done in watercolor and pen, quick and so easily portable. On this day, we met around the Amtrak Station. There were not only trains to sketch but restaurants, people coming in and out. I found this scene of the Village Bakery shop. Somewhat hidden behind the trees I was able to capture not only the building but the people going in and sitting…enjoying the beautiful Saturday.

Like with all my sketches, I posted on Flickr and listed in “Let’s Draw Davis” sketch group, part of Urban sketcher. An PR agency, Crocker&Crocker, in Sacramento, discovered it. They were working with their client, the City of Davis, for a new banner to reflect the spirit and the goals of Davis. It is to be used in their offices and social media. Here’s the City of Davis Facebook Page.

Naturally I was thrilled! In the process I learned a bit about copyrights. Also I realized with all the work I put into posting in different sites, never know what piece may reach out.