Friday, February 26, 2016

Jammin’ at Wintergrass!

2/26/16 inks, colored pencils

Today was Wintergrass, one of my favorite Urban Sketchers indoor sketching events! We’ve sketched the annual bluegrass music festival at the Bellevue Hyatt three years in a row (see 2015 and 2014), and it gets more fun each year. It’s hard to beat all that toe-tapping music as an accompaniment to sketching. I also see a parallel between bluegrass jammin’ and urban sketchin’ – people with a common passion getting together to do their thing. My only regret today was that I couldn’t stay longer.

2/26/16 ink
Having just finished Suhita Shirodkar’s Craftsy course, Figure Sketching Made Simple, I warmed with a few pages of gesture sketches trying to capture the “lines of action.” Then I roamed around the Hyatt enjoying the music and impromptu dancing, stopping now and then to sketch groups of jammers.

With 10 minutes left to kill before the sketchbook sharing, I stood on the stairwell overlooking the main lobby, where bright red lanterns hang in a small bamboo grove.

2/26/16 inks, colored pencils

2/26/16 Zebra brush pen, colored pencil


  1. Great sketches of the musicians!! Your people are getting better and better. I really like the first one of the group standing. How did you like Suhita's course? I still haven't finished the one I started with Stephanie Bower before Christmas. Life has been too busy. :)

    1. Thanks, Joan! It sure was fun! I definitely recommend Suhita’s Craftsy course! This blog post has more comments on it:


  2. I like how you have capture the event.


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