Three or four years ago a good friend of mine had a fun bachelor party consisting of visiting ten bars and pubs along the N-Juda Muni tram line: a “PubCrawl”. And crawling we did, in fact we didn’t make it past the seventh pub. Quite the night, but that is where I got the idea for the name SketchCrawl when a few months later I decided to do a whole day of intense drawing around the city.

The basic idea: to record nonstop everything I could around me with my pencil and watercolors. A drawn journal filled with details ranging from the all the coffee I drank to the different buses I took. After a whole day of drawing and walking around the city the name seemed quite fitting: “SketchCrawl” – a drawing marathon. The crawl was more tiring than I imagined but also more fun and exciting than I had thought. Giving yourself this kind of mandate for a full day changes the way you look around you. It makes you stop and see things just a tad longer, just a bit deeper … needless to say I loved it.

I soon figured out it was much more interesting to do the marathon with a group of artists instead of all by myself! And so SketchCrawl turned communal. After a whole day of drawing it proved to be amazingly interesting and inspiring to share and compare other people’s drawings and thoughts. Different takes on our surroundings, different details, different sensibilities.

The next step was making the SketchCrawl a World Wide event: having people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling and then, thanks to the Internet, having everyone share the results on an online forum.

So here it is, we have a website now, a few Crawls behind me, some by myself some with friends and artists from around the world … and hopefully plenty SketchCrawls ahead of us.

– Enrico Casarosa, San Francisco, California – February 2006


  1. Mel-magic says:

    amazing….. when is the next one on ???? I’m in Australia, and have a heap of friends interested. Love the idea of ‘sketch-crawl’. After serving alcohol in bars, for 22yrs, and seeing my fair share of pub-crawls….. and eradicated brain cells, it’s a welcome relief to use the ‘crawl’ to connect brain cells, and people, in a positive expression of viewing daily life…… not through the bottom of a beer glass !!! Beauty is NOT in the eye of the beer-holder.
    Love your work…..

  2. Marthajane Cassidey says:

    My first sketchcrawl was today and it was fun! We sketched at the old downtown library in Mobile, Alabama,which has so many lovely details just waiting to be drawn!

  3. Julia says:

    I love sketching. Is there anyone in West Sussex, Engand, who likes sketching too ?

  4. Gustavo says:

    Hi Julia,

    Welcome to SketchCrawl! I know there are quite a few individuals in England, some may be close to you, please visit the forum – The next event is on October 15th.

  5. Kristine Henshaw says:

    Is there a group that meets in Los Angeles? Thanks

  6. ineke says:

    How can i participate with the sketch crawl>??? or do i just start my own??? Great idea, love the thought of doing it with a group of friends.

  7. jeff hagen says:

    great idea, is there anyone in the midwest doing this? if so please include me on your e mail or face book list.
    jeff hagen artist/writer

  8. Pauline Tolentino says:

    I just love all art work of you folks who are doing this wonderful thing . I am a senior lady , and like to call myself a neophyte artist . However , I cannot get out there (on the road) to enjoy the sketching with the crowd . Much good luck to all , and enjoy . Thanks for everything .

  9. Gustavo says:

    During each SketchCrawl event various groups form in many cities, I would suggest to sign up for the newsletter to find out the next SketchCrawl date and then check the forums. Thank you for your interest.

  10. Gustavo says:

    Hi, Please visit the following link for more info:

  11. Steve Carroll says:

    Hi, I am organising a Sketchcrawl in Brighton, East Sussex, UK on Saturday 7th September. I have a map and timings. How do I publicise it on your site?

    All the best,


  12. Gustavo says:

    Hi Steve,

    Please visit the following page for more information:

    Hope to see your group’s work in the forum as well.


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