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.
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
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.