The 4th West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl, Tacoma WA


Beginning on Friday the 19th the 4th West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl welcomed a group of around 160 + people from many parts of the West Coast of the United States and beyond with a wonderful dinner at Picasso’s Catering in Tacoma WA. I had the opportunity to meet people from Arizona, many parts of California, WA and Vancouver, BC. While enjoying a great meal we had the opportunity to meet each other, match a face to a name as we have seeing each others work on Facebook but had never met each other in person. We had a great raffle with gifts that made everyone feel really excited. I enjoyed  a very good Pasta Primavera and they had a variety of dishes to satisfy every taste bud! During that time we had a fun exercise in which we had 5 minutes to draw each other. Not being very good at drawing people you can imagine what the outcome was but it was so much fun! Here are those sketches for you.

Below is the sketch that a fellow sketcher drew of me, she is really good!

FB_IMG_1471834129771The following day, Saturday the 20 of August we all met at the Washington History Museum. I was volunteering for the event and I arrived very early to help with registration.

After all Urban Sketchers registered I went on my way to do some sketching! We all got a goody bag nicely filled with art supplies and there we went. For this first sketch I chose to draw a view of Tacoma from the bridge at the Glass Museum.


After completing the sketch we all gathered at the Glass Museum to show our sketches and take a fun picture of all of us and yes we were many!



After this we all went to lunch in large groups with a host hoping that all of those who came from out of town had a group to join. I went to the Indochine Thai Restaurant in the University District. Around 30 of us filled the restaurant.


After lunch we parted ways once again to find a new location to sketch and I decided to record the bridge along with the Tacoma Dome. The day was gorgeous with the only exception that it was 95 degrees and scorching! Here is a picture of me being scorched by the sun while sketching!

IMG_2897And there were many others as well all spread along downtown Tacoma! This is my sketch for the afternoon. Done with ink and watercolors as I always do.


Later that afternoon we all gathered to show our sketches and a picture. We then parted ways until Sunday morning in which we were meeting at the Tacoma Art Museum for our last sketch out!


Tacoma Art Museum volunteers.


My sketches for that afternoon!


Last but not least I had the pleasure and the honor to meet and greet the founder of Urban Sketchers Gabi Campanario. He was so kind to allow me to have a picture with him and this is it! Thank you Gabi!


I must say thanks to the leaders of Urban Sketchers Tacoma Chapter Frances Buckmaster and Kate Buike. They did a marvelous job in the planning and execution of this event and I am very proud of them. Thanks also to all volunteers and the wonderful people that made this weekend an unforgettable experience. Next year, Vancouver, BC!

Until next time,




About D. Abreu

I am a psychotherapist by profession but felt in love with the arts, watercolor painting and Urban Sketching. With no formal background or education in fine arts I decided to teach myself using any resources I could find and this is my journey.
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