199 Sketchys on the wall

By | July 19th, 2011 | 3 Comments

As the title suggests, we are on the verge of a milestone on sketchymiami.com: Sketchy #200. With the virtual air heavy with anticipation, I’d like to take a glance at the project’s first two months.

Sketchy Miami Collage
13 of the 199 Sketchys created so far


For those who don’t know, Sketchy Miami has a simple and impossible goal: to create a portrait of every person in Miami. We call it “impossible” because creating a portrait of Miami’s ever fluctuating population of roughly 2.5 million people is a tall order. But the way people have taken to the project so far gives me hope that we can give it a respectable go.

To date, more than 70 local artists have each contributed at least one Sketchy, with some submitting a handful or more and several landing commissions based on their portraits. The artists, the vast majority of whom we have never met, have created Sketchys using a variety of mediums, including drawing (pencil, ink, marker, crayon, etc.), painting, and even sewing. Here are a few lovelies.

“Danny and Liam #2″ by Lauren Ventura

“Katya Bravo #3″ by Carrie Sieh

Alan Papir Diptych
All Sketchys are based on photographs submitted through sketchymiami.com. On the left is “Alan Papir #2″ by Nadyia Duff. On the right is Alan Papir.


All of this great work has attracted a lot of press, with writes up by the Herald, New Times, Thrillist, Flavorpill, Miami.com, WLRN, City Link, and, most recently, Designboom.

Without the more than 300 people who have submitted photos and the artists who have spent time and creative energy creating Sketchys, the virtual walls of sketchymiami.com would be barren. The success the project has had so far is all to their credit.

But we are by no means about to start celebrating. (Well, actually, we are throwing our second Sketchy Party in August. See details at the end of this post.) While we are thrilled to be on the cusp of posting Sketchy #200, we see this as the very beginning of this project. Creating a portrait of every person in Miami may be impossible, but we’re still going to try.

Naturally, we’ll fail without your help. Sketchy Miami is a communal project designed to bridge the gap between Miami artists and other locals. As such, it is open to everyone — art degree NOT required! Whether you’re a classically trained portraitist or a mid-meeting doodler, we want you to get involved. Sketchy Miami is not intended to churn out a million masterpieces, but rather be a definitive testament to our city’s diversity.

As you can see, we’re on our way.

“Kayla Almeida” by Jen Meyer


As alluded to above, we are throwing our second Sketchy Party at the Bakehouse Art Complex on Friday, August 12. We’re light on the details right now, but rest assured: Many a pencil will be ground down to the nub. As for the venue, the Bakehouse is a former industrial bakery in Wynwood that now houses 70 artist studios. I toured it recently and the place is a labyrinth of artistic awesomeness, the perfect setting for an overflow of Sketchyness.

You can RSVP for the event on Facebook. If you weren’t at our first Sketchy Party at Lester’s on June 30, check out the recap and video to get a sense of what you’re in for.

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3 Comments on “199 Sketchys on the wall”

  1. 1 Mikey Berlin said at 10:09 am on July 19th, 2011:

    Alan’s sketchy is encompasses everything a sketchy strives to be. Pure gold

  2. 2 Nadyia Duff said at 2:34 pm on July 19th, 2011:

    Go sketchy!!

  3. 3 Leah said at 9:05 am on July 20th, 2011:

    Bakehouse Art Complex is a great venue for the Sketchy Party. Very excited!

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