Sketchy Miami, for the uninitiated out there, is a project with a simple and impossible goal: to create a portrait of every person in Miami. Since we launched sketchymiami.com in late June, more than 130 local artists have created more than 425 portraits (we call them Sketchys) based on photographs submitted through the site. (Submit yours!)
While the underlying aim of Sketchy Miami is to build a bridge between local artists and the general public, we have always felt the project had the adaptability to branch out and do more. With that in mind, we have teamed up with Know Cancer, a social network created by two Miami natives, on an initiative called Sketchy Pink. Designed to help in the fight against breast cancer, Sketchy Pink works a lot like Sketchy Miami in general — people submit photos and artists create portraits based on the photos — but there are two twists.
All of the portraits in the Sketchy Pink series are of people who have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. If you click on the images in the Sketchy Pink Photo Gallery, you will learn the myriad ways the disease has impacted their lives. Here’s an excerpt from one of the photos:
I watched my mother and best friend fight for 8 long years. After two bouts with chemo and a stem-cell transplant, the ugly intruder moved to her brain, and there was nothing left to be done. Her struggle and fight to not let this thing kill her was the single most heroic thing I have seen in my life. — Lauren Wagner
We are asking artists to incorporate the color pink — the iconic hue of the fight against breast cancer — into their Sketchys. This is NOT a requirement, but it will make them standout on the Sketchy Miami homepage.
We are launching this initiative in September, a month before National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, because we are going to display the Sketchy Pink series at U.M.’s Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute throughout October. This way, the patients there can see that they are not alone in their fight against breast cancer. We are also going to host a fundraiser in October. Expect more details on that in the near future.
In the meantime, you can get involved by submitting your photo to the Sketchy Pink Photo Gallery and/or by creating a portrait based on one of the photos. Another way is to help us spread the word. Tell friends and family! Tell strangers! And make sure you tell Miami locals who you know have been affected by breast cancer.
Thank you for taking part in this initiative. Together we can fight against a disease that affects too many people across the United States.
Sketchy Workshop #1
In other news, we are excited to announce our first Sketchy Workshop, to be held at Lester’s cafe in Wynwood on Wednesday, September 21 (SOON!) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The beginner-friendly workshop will include two hours of instruction in portrait drawing by artist JeanPaul Mallozzi, a painter and illustrator in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex who you may have met at Sketchy Party #2.
While the main purpose of the workshop is to sharpen your drawing skills, it is also an opportunity to wind down in the middle of the week with some good people. To keep things casual, everyone who attends will get a free glass of wine and two slices of Joey’s perfect pizza. After the two-hour drawing lesson, you are welcome to hang out with us at Lester’s, which will be offering a 15% discount on drinks all night.
The workshop is $30 and limited to 30 seats. You can register and learn more details on the Sketchy Miami blog. Keep in mind: You have to pre-register to attend the workshop.
For those of you who didn’t meet JeanPaul at Sketchy Party #2, we recently paid him a visit, video camera in tow, in his BAC studio. Here you will see him do magical things with a pencil.
And that’s why we enlisted him to head a drawing workshop. Now here’s everything I said above about the workshop boiled down to the essentials.
What: Sketchy Workshop #1 with JeanPaul Mallozzi
Where: Lester’s (2519 N.W. Second Avenue, Miami, 33127)
When: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Perks: Free glass of wine; two slices of Joey’s pizza; 15% off all drinks; art-supply package to take home