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.