Sunday was the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade, and, despite the sporadic drizzle and the serious threat of runny mascara, queens, bears, and curious tourists made their way to Ocean Drive in droves. Sketchy Miami all-star Brian Butler, the inimitable hand behind The Upper Hand Art, was on hand to illustrate the “extraordinary day out” in real time. Thank God. To view the illustration in full size, click the cowboy’s nipple.
Sketchy Miami, the sibling site of Beached Miami, is bringing together Miami/SoFla musicians and Miami artists to celebrate both communities. If you are familiar with Sketchy Miami, you know the goal of the project is to create a portrait of every person in Miami. For its part, the goal of Sketchy Bands is to create a portrait of the bands (or solo performers) that make our hometown musical, and all of ‘em are welcome to participate.
Since launching Sketchy Bands on Monday, 40+ bands have submitted photos and a handful of artists have submitted portraits, including one of Ketchy Shuby frontman Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez by Samantha Thrall (below) that we’ve lovingly dubbed the Ketchy Sketchy. To view the Sketchy Bands series in full and learn how you can submit your band’s photo for artful immortalization, visit sketchymiami.com/bands.
‘Twas the night before the night before the night before Christmas (i.e., Thursday, Dec. 22), and folk from across Miami gathered at Lester’s, in Wynwood, for the Sketchy Holiday Party, an unsilent night of live art, music, food, and drink hosted by Beached Miami and Sketchy Miami. Dressed in his finest holiday sweater, Geoff Campbell was on the scene to grill guests, croon carols, and deal dreidel under the watchful camera of one Francisco Moraga. For more holiday cheer, check out our holiday card to Miami in the video section.
With the Sketchy Holiday Party at Lester’s on Thursday night, we asked several Sketchy Miami artists to deck the virtual halls with holiday-inspired portraits. Here are five from the series, which you can see in its entirety on sketchymiami.com. To learn more about the party — an unsilent night of live art, music, drinks, food, and possibly a gift if you get a lucky raffle ticket — visit the Facebook event page.
Jorge Daumy by Jeiddy Lopez
On Thursday, Dec. 22, head over to Lester’s in Wynwood for an unsilent night of live art, music, drinks, and food. Presented by Beached Miami, the Sketchy Holiday Party will bring together Miami artists and art lovers in the spirit of our sister site, Sketchy Miami. In true holiday fashion, there will be feasting on Joey’s pizza, copious libations, and a raffle of gifts, including a beautiful Aristotle singlespeed Republic Bike (see photo gallery on www.republicbike.com). Entry is F-R-E-E and there will be a prize for best holiday sweater (the Cosby-er, the better). For more details on the party and the raffle, visit the Facebook event page.
Did you know Beached Miami has a sibling called Sketchy Miami? The project has a simple and impossible goal: To create a portrait of every person in Miami. The portraits below — we call them Sketchys — are five out of the 600+ created by Miami artists. They were each inspired by a face in the Sketchy Miami photo gallery. To learn more about the project and how you can get involved, visit sketchymiami.com.
“Monique Quadros” by Marcus
To see more of Marcus’s work, check out his Sketchy Miami artist page.
As the exclamation in the title suggests, we’re very excited to announce that we’ve surpassed 600 portraits on our sister site, www.sketchymiami.com. For those of you who don’t know about Sketchy Miami, the project has a simple and impossible goal: to create a portrait of every person in Miami. The underlying aim is to facilitate connection between Miami artists and locals who want to engage with our city’s burgeoning arts community. So far more than 750 people have submitted photos and approximately 160 Miami artists have contributed Sketchys (aka, portraits) based on those photos. The Sketchy you see below is the 604th portrait on the site. It’s by a regular Sketchy Miami contributor named Nadyia Duff. To see more of her work and peruse the entire Sketchy Miami portrait gallery, click on the image.
The Sketchy Halloween Party at Awarehouse last Saturday was a mash-up of live art, live music, booze, and dry blood. To get a feel for the scene, check out this video by Beached Miami videographer Francisco Moraga with footage of Arboles Libres rocking the Casbah and several of the night’s featured artists working the canvas.
We also have a ton of great photos from the party, including one of Miami’s daintiest fairy and its prettiest piggy.
I’ve got to hand it to Miami people. They won’t show up to vote on a cloudless morning, but hours of endless rain won’t stop them from leaving the house dressed up as, say, a pair of Devilled eggs (or simply a pair of devils) to get down after dark on Halloween weekend. Which is to say, despite the fact that it rained cats and Cujos Saturday night, the Sketchy Halloween Party at Awarehouse drew ghouls, goblins, Mad Hatters, Miss Piggies, and bloodied nurses from all over Miami. Kudos to everyone who came out to terrorize the night in full Halloween regalia. You made the party a wonderful horror.
The Sketchy Halloween Party at Awarehouse is this Saturday (RSVP), and everyone who comes automatically has a chance to win a piece of original art by one of the 10 local artists who will be on the scene to sketch you in your Halloween’s best. (Come in costume!) To learn more about this extravaganza of live art, live music, booze, food, and blood, visit the Sketchy Halloween Party Facebook page.
Here are most (not all) of the pieces that will be in the party raffle. In the spirit of Halloween, they vary from gory to Chewie. If you see one that you really want, you can buy extra raffle tickets at the party. Otherwise, you’ll have to try your luck with the one free ticket you get with entry. First up …
Check out more of JeanPaul’s work on Sketchy Miami.
Check out more of Brian’s work on Sketchy Miami.