(Sketchy) Birthday B*tches!
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

(Sketchy) Birthday B*tches!

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WHOOP WHOOP!!

Get pret-a-party and pret-a-portrait: cos it’s time for a special birthday edition of Sketchy Bitches!

Sophie is one of the longest-running members of Sketchy Bs and it’s her birthday soon, so we’re celebrating with a special Birthday B*tches party in Soho! It’s also my birthday on 1st August, so I’ll be gatecrashing the party too :)

OBVIOUSLY, Sophie and I will be posing first - and insisiting that you draw us with your non-dominant hand!

When it's your turn to pose, you'll get to call the shots and choose whether you'd like us to draw you Picasso-style, with our non-dominant hands, in specific colour combos....or something else entirely! Essentially, your pose - your prompt!

Tickets £10 inc. all materials, cake, tea/coffee and unlimited 90s TUNES!! And as ever, you'll get to take home a stack of mini portraits at the end: birthday cards for all!! :)

Hope you can make it!

Love, Dulcimer xxx

(Founder of Sketch Appeal and soon-to-be 38th Birthday Bitch!)

Sketchy Bs regular Sophie - already ready to party!!

Sketchy Bs regular Sophie - already ready to party!!

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Retrosketch #2: 80s B*tches!
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Retrosketch #2: 80s B*tches!

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Yazzzzzzz B*tches!!  It’s time for the 2nd of our Retrosketch sessions at Old Spitalfields Market, and this time we’re heading back to the 80s for a night of power-dressing, power-drawing fun!!

In keeping with the decade of excess (and to leave room for your side pony tail/perm/massive hair!), instead of the usual mini cards, we’ll be going BIG and drawing A6 ‘power portraits’!  We’ll also be working with a funky mix of colourful materials: including neon POSCAS, Brushmarkers, highlighters and felt tips a-go go! 

As well as drawing lots of funky retro portraits of your fellow B*tches, you’ll get to transform an old VHS tape into a fab new ‘Sketching Bitch Case’ feat. your favourite 80s film or TV show!  Perfect for stashing your portraits and pencils in, and yours to take home at the end of the night. 

Tickets £12 inc. all materials - BYO snacks & drinks

NB: There are only 12 spaces available so book in advance and be sure to arrive Ride On Time!!

V H YESSSSS!!!

Come and make a custom pencil case feat. your fave 80s film!

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Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Sketchy B*tches Summer Sketchathon!

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If you’re not heading ART of town for the Bank Holiday weekend, come join the Sketchy Bitches for an all-day summer SKETCHFEST!!

We ran a similar event last summer and it was THE BEST! The time flew by and we drew for an epic 6 hours non-stop!! Suffice to say we will be taking a break for lunch, but carb up and bring your CREATIVE SUPERPOWERS - ‘cos we’re gonna DRAW DRAW DRAW!!

Here’s how the day will roll:

11-11.15: WELCOME BITCHES!

11.15-1.15: SKETCHY SWAPATHON

Bring one of your favourite illustrations/sketches and get set for a #DRAWITINYOURSTYLE swapathon! We’ll take it in turns to draw each other’s sketches in our own unique styles, drawing one and then passing it on. Drawing from other people’s artwork is a great way to explore different styles and challenge your creativity to think beyond and create your own unique riff on the original! And the best part is, done collectively like this, you’ll get to see YOUR work re-imagined in lots of fab new ways too!

1.15-2: LUNCHBREAK

2-5.30pm: PRET A PORTRAIT!

In the afternoon, we’ll flow things down with our usual routine: taking it in turns to pose whilst the rest of the group draw cute mini portraits of us - which we get to take home at the end! BUT, on this special occasion, there’ll be a little twist!

We’ll all be given a specific set of materials to start with, and then pass them on to the next person after each portrait. Again, the aim is to encourage you to play and go beyond your creative comfort zone: to build your confidence and show just how AWESOMELY CREATIVE YOU ARE!!

DRESS CODE = CARNIVAL! (Who needs Notting Hill!)

First 10 tickets = £15 - £18 thereafter

All materials, drinks, cake etc. provided!


A few pics from last year’s Sketchathon!

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Retrosketch #1: Vintage B*tches!
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Retrosketch #1: Vintage B*tches!

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Forget the great summer getaway: join us for a time-travelling ART-venture in Spitalfields instead!

To celebrate the summer and our love of bygone times, we’re hosting a series of nostalgic Retrosketch nights at Old Spitalfields Market - on #ThrowbackThursdays, obv!

If you love a bit of vintage and/or spend a lot of time trawling Pinterest for fun fashion ads and mag covers to draw, then you’re in for a treat! We’ll be playing with different materials and illustration styles each time, so these sessions are a great opportunity to experiment with new tools and ideas.

Sessions will take in the dedicated workshop space next to SOMA House, so it’s BYOB and dinner/snacks. We’ll supply all the materials and a suitable retro soundtrack!

Grab yourself a ticket and climb aboard the Sketchy Express!!


Our first session = Vintage B*tches!

You can’t beat the classics, so we’re kicking off our Retrosketch series with a Sketchy Bitches portrait session, but with a few twists! 

Instead of mini biz cards, we’ll be drawing on A6 kraft cards and working with coloured pencils, pastels and Tombows: all perfect for creating those vintage vibes!

 As usual, we’ll all take a turn to pose for the rest of the group to draw and you’ll get to take home your portraits at the end. 

Come on down and grab yourself a pack of gorgeous ‘Postcards from the Past’ with your face all over them!!

Only 12 spaces available - tickets £12 in advance

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Jul
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Rainbows!

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Come get your colour on at this RAD rainbow edition of Sketchy Bitches!!

It’ll run exactly the same as our regular sessions, but we’ll be drawing super-colourful portraits and dressing up in our technicolour best!  

Wear colourful clothes, headgear, make-up… anything that’ll make those portraits POP!!

First 10 tickets = £10, £12 thereafter

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

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Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Sketch The Rainbow!

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Sketch The Rainbow is back!

Ahead of London’s annual PRIDE parade, join us for a night of colourful creative fun at Drink Shop & Do!

Over the course of the night, we’ll sketch our way through the rainbow and complete a series of fun and easy challenges designed to boost your creative confidence and leave you buzzing with happy hormones!

Among other things, you’ll get to: 

  • Draw lots of colourful portraits of each other, in one colour, tricolor and ALL the colours of the rainbow!  We’ll also attempt to draw each other in the style of some of our favourite colour-loving artists.

  • Power-draw a set of colourful collaborative artworks based on a set of given prompts - from sketchscenes to shoes, Ketchup to Kusama!

  • Create an 8-page rainbow zine featuring 7 single colour illustrations and a technical selfie on the cover! You can draw whatever you feel like, but we’ll encourage you to choose something/someone that you love and personally associate with each colour, rather than just things that are widely associated with it (e.g. red = hearts , green = trees etc.!) That way, you’ll end up with a fab lil zine full of things you #LOVE!

Grab at ticket and come get your colour on!!

NB: Dress colourfully - you will be drawn!! And feel free to bring some headgear/props too :)

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Sketch The Rainbow

We ran some Sketch The Rainbow workshops back in January - check out the pics and read more via the link below!

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Sketchy Bitches: Midsummer Special
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00
IWD

Sketchy Bitches: Midsummer Special

Come and conjure up some creative magic at our Midsummer Special in Soho!

After a quickfire round of fun warm-up challenges, we’ll relax and unwind with another magical, meditative afternoon of drawing pixie-sized portraits of each other - which you’ll get to keep at the end! Join us and enter the magical state of mindfulness via the joy of SKETCH!

Dress code = Fairy Queens!

Tickets = £10

All materials provided, along with tea, coffee and FAIRY CAKES! BYO headgear - we’ll provide a few props and eco glitter too, if anyone fancies a magical makeover!

NB: Please book and pay for your tickets in advance: some venues have limited capacity and we also need to know numbers so that we can provided enough materials, cake etc.. !

 
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About Sketchy Bitches

Sketchy Bitches is a sketchworking group open to everyone who identifies as a woman, including trans, intersex and all non-binary, agender and gender variant people.

It doesn’t matter where you come from, how old you are or how ‘good’ you think you are at drawing: Sketchy Bitches unites us all through our desire to meet like-minds, support womankind and experience the joy of SKETCH!

There are now over 2500 Sketchy Bitches in London and the community is growing fast. Come join the fun!

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Sketchy Bitches : POWER Fairies!
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Sketchy Bitches : POWER Fairies!

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Sketching on a school night? Hell yeah!!

Join us for an after-work sketchworking session at Drink Shop & Do!

After a brief intro & warm-up challenge, we’ll take it in turns to pose whilst the rest of the group draw pocket-sized portraits of us - which we get to take home at the end!

As Midsummer’s Eve is upon us, this month we’ll be posing and drawing each other as POWER fairies, dressed in our finest floral headgear!

Poses last approx. 10 minutes per person and we’ll ensure that everyone gets a go! The session will start at 7pm prompt so please arrive on time! The later you arrive the later you’ll be drawn ;)

Please note this is a women-only event.

Dress code = POWER FAIRIES!! BYO headgear or borrow some of ours. No wings required!! :)

First 10 tickets = £10, £12 thereafter

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About Sketchy Bitches

Sketchy Bitches is a sketchworking group open to everyone who identifies as a woman. It doesn’t matter where you come from, how old you are or how ‘good’ you think you are at drawing: Sketchy Bitches unites us all through our desire to meet like-minds, support womankind and experience the joy of SKETCH!

There are now over 2000 Sketchy Bitches in London and the community is growing fast. Come join the fun!

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Feelgood Zine Club
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Feelgood Zine Club

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YAAAAAAS ZINES!!


We love making zines and we love feeling GOOOOOOOD: so we’ve launched a brand-new club dedicated to both of those things!

Our new Feelgood Zine Club is a friendly space for you to come and unwind, get creative - and get HAPPY!

There’ll be a different theme each time, but the mission of the club will remain the same: to ignite your creativity, boost your mental health and nurture our community with the joy of SKETCH!

Here’s roughly how each club night will run:

  • Part 1: We bond! We’ll begin with a series of fun and interactive warm-up challenges to bring everyone together and get your creativity flowing! Expect to experiment, collaborate and draw lots of funny-looking faces!!

  • Part 2: We tackle a surprise themed challenge! Exactly what it says: a short fun challenge inspired by the night’s theme.

  • Part 3: We make zines! You can work at your own pace and make as many zines as you like, and we’ll supply plenty of prompts and ideas if you’re feeling a bit uninspired! This is YOUR time to play, unwind and go with your own flow!


This month’s theme = SELF-LOVE

Your zine can feature whatever you want: things you love about yourself and your life, things you love in general, typographic illustrations of awesome adjectives, self-portraits, adverts promoting some of your greatest skills/features/characteristics…the possibilities are endless!


Tickets are now FREE for this first session but space is limited so please book in advance!

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Expect plenty of experimental portraits in the warm-up!

Expect plenty of experimental portraits in the warm-up!

Yaaaaas zines!!

Yaaaaas zines!!

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Spitalfields Self Love-In
Jun
2
11:30 AM11:30

Spitalfields Self Love-In

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Join us for a Sunday of self-lovin’ in Spitalfields!

Self-Love Zine Workshop
In association with
Urban Makers

11.30am - 1.30pm

We'll warm up with some fun interactive drawing challenges, before making 8 page zines celebrating all the things that make us ACE!

The theme is self-love, but the contents of your zine are entirely up to you! Things you love about yourself and your life, things you love in general, typographic illustrations of awesome adjectives, self-portraits, adverts promoting some of your greatest skills/features/characteristics…the possibilities are endless!

NB: We'll provide some basic collage materials but always encourage a hand-drawn approach, obv!

The ‘formal’ workshop will end at 1.30pm, but if anyone fancies sticking around afterwards then we could all grab some lunch from the food stalls and do some portrait-sketching (as per the usual Sketchy Bitches sessions) at a nearby cafe. We know a few quiet spots in that area!

Tickets £10 inc. all materials

Advance booking essential - only 10 spaces available!


Here’s what we got up to at our last self-love sesh back in February… :)

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Sketchy Bitches: FRIDA POWER!
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Bitches: FRIDA POWER!

FRIDA POWER!

FRIDA POWER!!!

Our last Frida-themed session was such BLOOMIN’ great fun we’re going to do it again!

Dress however you feel comfortable for the occasion, but we highly recommend a splash of colour and some floral headgear! :)

After brief intros and a quick warm-up challenge, we’ll sketch our way through a lovely laidback sketchworking session: taking it in turns to pose whilst the rest of the group draw pocket-sized portraits of us, which you’ll get to take home at the end.

Tickets £10 inc. all materials but please BYO favourite drawing tools, if you have any.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided - as will some black face paint, should you wish to paint on a monobrow for the occasion!

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Who it’s for

Sketchy Bitches is a sketchworking group open to everyone who identifies as a woman, including trans, intersex and all non-binary, agender and gender variant people.

It doesn’t matter where you come from, how old you are or how ‘good’ you think you are at drawing: Sketchy Bitches unites us all through our desire to meet like-minds, support womankind and experience the joy of SKETCH!

There are now over 2000 Sketchy Bitches in London and the community is growing fast. Come join the fun!

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 Sketchy Bitches PM Session @ DSD
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sketchy Bitches PM Session @ DSD

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HURRAH!

At long last and by popular demand, we’re starting a midweek sketchworking session at one of our fave spots - Drink Shop & Do!

  • 6.30pm: Intros & warm-up challenge (don’t worry if you’re a bit late - this is here as a buffer!)

  • 7pm - 9.30pm = Time to strike a pose and DRAW DRAW DRAW! We’ll sketch our way through the night: taking it in turns to pose whilst the rest of the group draw pocket-sized portraits of us - which we get to keep at the end! Poses last approx. 10 minutes per person and we’ll ensure that everyone gets a go!

Tickets £10 inc. all materials but please BYO favourite drawing tools, if you have any.

Dress however you feel comfortable, but we highly recommend bringing some colourful headgear!


 
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About Sketchy Bitches

Sketchy Bitches is a sketchworking group open to everyone who identifies as a woman. It doesn’t matter where you come from, how old you are or how ‘good’ you think you are at drawing: Sketchy Bitches unites us all through our desire to meet like-minds, support womankind and experience the joy of SKETCH!

There are now over 2000 Sketchy Bitches in London and the community is growing fast. Come join the fun!

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Sketchy Bitches: Body Love-In!
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Sketchy Bitches: Body Love-In!

Please note: This event has been postponed due to a mix-up with the venue. Apologies for the disappointment - we’ll announce the new date soon!

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In 2018, the Mental Health Foundation reported that almost 1 in 3 adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. 

So, if that stat’s anything to go by, then we could all benefit from a day of open conversation, creativity and body LOVE!

Join us for a special full-day workshop exploring body image and some of the ways we can use drawing to develop healthy habits, positive thoughts and feel more IN LOVE with our bodies.

The event will be co-hosted by Sketchy Bitches Founder Dulcimer Draws and Jemima Sara: both of whom used drawing to support their recovery from disordered eating and continue to use it as an essential tool for wellbeing.

The more we embrace our creativity, our ‘inner child’, the closer we get to embracing the SELF: so come give yourself a hug and fill your body with creative energy and LOVE!


10.30am – 11am: ARRIVAL & COFFEES

11am – 12pm: DISCUSSION

After sharing their own candid stories Dulcimer and Jemima will lead an informal group discussion and invite everyone who wishes to join in and share their experiences, thoughts or feelings about their body and/or the subject of body image.  There is no pressure to join in if you prefer just to listen, but rest-assured you will be in non-judgmental and supportive environment if you wish to do so.    

12-1pm: UNLEASH YOUR INNER SHERO!

Jemima launched her brand JEMIMASARA after scribbling her alter ego 'Sally': an unapologetic representation of a female figure who is often portrayed with nothing but a martini in hand and a positive, self-loving attitude.  In this workshop, she’ll show you how scribbling characters can be healing, empowering and FUN: guiding you through playful drawing techniques to conjure up your own body-loving alter-ego.

1-2pm: LUNCH 

2-3pm: GROUP SKETCH!

It wouldn’t be Sketchy Bitches if we didn’t all take a turn to pose and draw each other! This time though, we’ll pose and draw each other in groups and you’ll be invited to sit/stand however you feel most comfortable, confident and free.   

Dulcimer will time and guide the poses and set lots of fun and experimental challenges along the way: exploring line, style, proportion and distortion.  The intention is not to create ‘perfect’ illustrations or to flatter each other – this is all about observing lines, shapes and energy to create an authentic expression of each other’s bodies.

3-4.30pm: ZINES & RADVERTISING

We’ll look at women’s magazines then and now, discuss what’s changed and what still needs to change, and then define how that might look by creating our own mini zines! You can theme or fill your zine however you wish and you can either draw, collage or both: we’ll have lots of mags ready for you to rip up and reinvent! 

4.30-5pm: CLOSING CHALLENGE & CHAT


Tickets £20 inc. all materials & sketchbook. Advance booking essential!


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Come along and meet Jemima’s alter-ego Sally - aka 'The Martini Lady' ! She’s a positive figure with very few boundaries who promotes self-confidence, self-love and wants to educate, inform and inspire individuals through fun and meaningful pep-talks.

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Nice Ts!! Just one of Jemima’s fab t-shirt designs

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Sketchy Bitches Sundays
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Bitches Sundays

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Join the us for an afternoon of ‘sketchworking’ at The Create Place!

We’ll be doing the usual: drinking coffee, chatting about creativity and creating stacks of Bitchin’ little business cards for each other!

Everyone will get a turn to sit and pose whilst the rest of the group draw pocket-sized portraits of us, which will be yours to take home as mementos of the session and your lovely new sketchmates!

Tickets £10 inc. all materials but please BYO favourite drawing tools, if you have any! It’s always good to swap tips and see what other people use :)

Spaces are limited so please book in advance!  

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Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Bitches Easter Sunday

Best Easter cards ever!!

Best Easter cards ever!!

CHANGE OF PLAN!!

This will now be a regular afternoon sketchworking session - but feel free to bring a headband, hat or bunny ears to pose in!! :)

And in the spirit of Alice in Wonderland, there’ll be a little twist: you’ll get to choose whether you’d like the group to draw you with their dominant or non-dominant hand: so you could end up with a pretty curious set of cards, should you choose to!

Tickets: £10 inc. all materials, tea/coffee and EASTER TREATS FOR ALL!

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Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Mad Hatter's Sketch Party

Alice's ART-Ventures in Wonderland

"We're all mad here": so don a ridiculous hat and get set for a night of creative fun at Drink Shop & Do!

At this 2.5 hour social sketchfest, you’ll play and draw your way through a series of easy art challenges with a Wonderland twist.

Among other things, you will:

  • Draw some curious-looking portraits of each other

  • Play with scale – shrink & supersize your sketches

  • Work in pairs to create some confidence-boosting ACE cards for each other (front = you as the Queen or King of Hearts, back = a list of 5 things that make you ace!)

  • Draw 50 features in 15 minutes – eyes or grins, you choose!

  • Create your own mini version of Alice’s Art-ventures in Wonderland: an 8 page hand-drawn zine featuring characters and quotes from the book (prompts & ideas provided but feel free to bring your own!)

Tickets £15 including all materials and a FREE CREME EGG! There’ll also be a special prize for the bearer of the maddest hat…

It's the perfect pre-Easter treat… grab a ticket and come get SMASHED!! 

Curiouser and curiouser! There’ll be no excuses if you forget your hat on the night…

Curiouser and curiouser! There’ll be no excuses if you forget your hat on the night…

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Sketchy Bitches: Frida Power!

Sketchy Bitches: Frida Power!

Join us for a night of Frida-powered portraiture at Drink Shop & Do!

March is Women's History Month, so we thought we'd celebrate with a special Sketchy Bitches session dedicated to one of our favourite female artists and a woman who shaped the course of art history - Frida Kahlo.

We’ll begin with some short Frida-inspired drawing challenges before we settle down to the usual portrait-sketching, with a twist! As per the Sketchy Bitches routine, we’ll each take a turn to pose for the rest of the group to draw us: only this time we’ll be wearing our finest floral headgear and (optional) monobrows!

All materials provided inc. black facepaint for those who fancy going for the mono!

Tickets : £12

And at the end of the night you'll get to take home a set of Sketchy Bitchness cards a bit like this - but with your Frida-tastic face on them! :) 


 
 

About Sketchy Bitches

Sketchy Bitches is a sketchworking group which empowers and unites women through creativity.

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Mar
10
10:30 PM22:30
IWD

FREE IWD Zine Workshop

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We’re so excited to be part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations in Seven Dials (Covent Garden): alongside the likes of artist Iona Rowland, Tatty Divine’s Rosie Wolfenden & Harriet Vine, Co-founders of Redemption Catherine Salway & Andrea Waters, and Scarlett Curtis - author of the awesome “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies”!

We’re running a FREE zine-making workshop in the #BalanceForBetter hub on Sun 10th March:

After a few fun and interactive warm-up challenges to rev up our creativity, we’ll each create a gorgeous 8-page zine dedicated to a woman or women we admire, respect and #LOVE!

You can draw whatever or whoever, but here are some of our ideas:

  • Create a zine featuring some of the women who have inspired you throughout your life – e.g. artists, activists, teachers…

  • Create a self-love zine, all about wonderful YOU!

  • Create a zine all about one of the awesome women in your life, to give to them as a reminder of how ACE they are!

If you’re heading to see Scarlett Curtis in the afternoon, you could take the fan-girling up a notch and create a zine all about her – and/or some of the badass women featured in her book, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)!

All materials provided: just bring your ideas and get set to draw draw draw!

NB: This workshop is FULLY BOOKED but you can register for other events here.

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Sketchy B*tches: IWD Special
Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30
IWD

Sketchy B*tches: IWD Special

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Sketchy Bitches of the world unite!

Join us for an all-day celebration of #womanpower,
creative community and the joy of SKETCH!

To mark International Women’s Day 2019, we’re inviting YOU and some of the awesome creative women who inspire us to attend our biggest Sketchy B*tches sketchfest yet!

Expect an action-packed day full of uplifting creative conversations and sketchworking, that’ll run a little something like this:

10.30am – 11am: ARRIVAL, CHAT & COFFEE

11am – 1pm: PANEL & MINI WORKSHOPS

Sketch Appeal Founder Dulcimer Draws will lead interviews and a Q&A with our special guest panel:

Sue Dray: Legendary Fashion Artist and former Course Leader @UAL, well-known for her experimental and playful approach to drawing.

Sarah Fox: The woman behind @TinyVictorieszines and Creative Associate @ Sketch Appeal.

Diana Muendo: Co-founder of M.Y.O. - London’s first ever art gym!

Manko Sebastian and Carla Tofano: Co-founders of Art Model Collective, who run some of the best theatrical life drawing classes in London/the world!

 

We’ll then split into two groups and enjoy 2 x 30-minute workshops on rotation:

  1. Fashion sketching led by Sue Dray: drawing Carla and Manko in a series of short poses, working their #WOMANPOWER in badass boilersuits from Lucy & Yak!

  2. Power-drawing and creative games with Dulcimer Draws


1 – 2pm: LUNCH & SKETCHWORKING

Lunch, chat and feast over each other’s sketchbooks/artwork displayed on our Top Table*


 

2pm – 5pm: FACETIME! 

Time for our biggest Sketchy Bitches portrait-sketching session yet! As has become tradition at our meetups, we’ll take it in turns to sit and pose whilst the rest draw pocket-sized portraits of us, which we get to keep at the end as mementos of all our ace new sketchmates.  

We’re expecting a slightly bigger crowd than usual (up to 80 people!), so we’ll split and draw portraits in smaller groups to ensure we all get chance to pose. BUT, before we do, we’ll draw a name from a jar and one lucky person will be invited to come up on stage and be drawn by THE WHOLE ROOM!!

There’ll also be a few more surprises up for grabs on the day, and chance to pick up a cheeky discount on issue 1 of Sketch Appeal magazine and/or Sketchy Bitches tote bags. 

Imagine winning 80 mini portraits of YOU!!

Grab your ticket and get set for an unforgettable day celebrating #womanpower, #pencilpower and FUN!

Tickets: £25 inc. all materials, a £5 voucher to spend at GreatArt and sweet treats courtesy of the badass babes at Sugar Tits London!

BYO lunch and favourite sketches/sketchbooks/portfolio to display on our *Top Table, so that others can check out your awesome draws over lunch!   

Venue:  Huckletree West, Mediaworks, 191 Wood Ln, London W12 7FP (Nearest tube = White City )

HUGE THANKS TO

Our guest panel for joining us, Huckletree West for hosting us, GreatArt for supporting us with materials, Lucy & Yak for the awesome art-fits and prizes, and to Sugar Tits for all the SUGAR!

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Meet our panel

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Legendary Fashion Artist Sue Dray , pictured left: in her element drawing at our launch party last November!

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Diana Muendo (left): Co-founder of M.Y.O. , London’s first ever art gym (right)!

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Manko Sebastian and Carla Tofano, co-founders of Art Model Collective

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Sarah Fox: Creative Associate @SketchAppeal & the force behind @TinyVictoriesZine


Check out our venue for the day!!
The awesome auditorium
@ HUCKLETREE WEST

Come and enjoy some FREE treats courtesy of the lovely gals at Sugar Tits!

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Mar
8
9:00 AM09:00
IWD

FREE IWD Sketchfast @ Redemption

Awesome illustration by Cat Faulkner @  Jelly Armchair  - as featured in issue 1 of  our magazine!

Awesome illustration by Cat Faulkner @ Jelly Armchair - as featured in issue 1 of our magazine!

On International Women’s Day 2019, we’re inviting all women visiting, working and living in the Covent Garden area to join us for a FREE 'Sketchfast’ at Redemption!

Come and unleash your creativity and kick-start your #IWD2019 celebrations with a morning of fun and invigorating power-drawing! 

9-10am = Sketchfast

Draw some speedy & experimental portraits of your fellow sketchers
Attempt to draw Frida Kahlo’s face, 50 times in 15 minutes
Draw to the beat of a feminist anthem - with your eyes closed!
Create card to give to one of the wonderwomen in your life

And if we’ve got time, attempt to re-create this awesome Frida Khavo created by our mate Cat!

10-11am = Networking, meeting and/or eating!

Get to know some of the other awesome women in the room and order yourself some delicious breakfast (not free but you’ll get 20% off!) – or tackle some more creative challenges! If you come along with colleagues you’re welcome to use this time to have a meeting among yourselves too. Leave as and when you need to!  

FREE TICKET

FREE Detox tea

20% off everything on the menu

HOW CAN YOU RESIST?!

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Groove Is In The Art: DIVA Night
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00
IWD

Groove Is In The Art: DIVA Night

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To get us all into the groove for International Women's Day 2019, we’re hosting a diva-tastic drawing disco at Drink Shop & Do!


Come twerk your inner artist and celebrate womankind at this fun social sketchfest designed to fire up the Frida and DIVA within
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Activities will short, experimental and suitable for all levels, so if you haven’t drawn much recently don’t worry: we’ll soon boost your creative confidence and have you bossing it like Beyonce!

Part One: POWER-DRAWING!

 Get your creativity flowing with a series of fun and fast-paced drawing challenges, including speed portrait-sketching, drawing to the beat of classic diva tracks and a #drawherinyourstyle album cover challenge!

Part Two: DIVA O' CLOCK! 

Time to welcome and draw our two megastar models for the evening - LADY GAGA and CHER!!!  (Otherwise known as Carla and Manko of Art Model Collective)

All materials and free sketchbook included courtesy of GreatArt.
Diva-inspired dress-up optional!

Grab your tickets and get set to go GAGA!


Check out the pics from our last drawing disco!




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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Dress Up & Draw!

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Hot on the high heels of London Fashion Week, join us for a night of fashion drawing fun in collab with Lucy & Yak!

From 'pret-a-portraits' to fancy footwear design, you’ll be guided through a series of easy and experimental drawing challenges by your host, Dulcimer Draws.  We'll play with a variety of materials and attempt to emulate the style of some of our favourite fashion illustrators, including Blairz and Daisy Villeneuve.  

You'll get to draw from live models* wearing some of the latest Lucy & Yak looks, and there'll also be an open call and opportunity for anyone who is (dressed) up for it to pose for the whole group to draw too!   

Dress code: Lucy & Yaks optional – fun headgear and ART-cessories strongly advised!! 

*NB: We'll be drawing un-professional models - e.g. our mates who've kindly agreed to pose for us!

Cheers to Lucy & Yak for supporting this event!


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Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Self-Love Special

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s high-time to indulge the greatest love of your life – YOU!

We all need to love ourselves a little bit more, so join us for a fun-filled day of creative ego-boosting as we explore and draw all the things that make us ACE - then pose for portraits like the Sketch Queens we are!!

AM session, 11-1pm:

We'll warm up with some speed-sketching, making self-portrait selfie sticks and drawing positive beauty products, before getting to work on individual pieces celebrating all the things that make us special. You can choose to either:

  • Make a zine on a narrative of your choice: things you love about yourself and your life, things you love in general, highlights of your life…  You can have so much fun with the concept too! Typographic illustrations of awesome adjectives, a series of self-portraits, a zine full of adverts promoting each of your greatest skills/features/characteristics…

  • Create an A3 ‘ace card’ featuring all the things you love and love about yourself!

PM session, 2-5pm:

In the afternoon, we’ll complete any unfinished work then relax and flow down with ‘the usual’ Sketchy Bitches routine: taking it in turns to pose and draw pocket-sized portraits of each other, which you’ll get to take home at the end as a reminder of the lovely people you shared the love-in with!

Tickets £18 including all materials, tea/coffee & biccies! 

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Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Social Sketchup: Wes Anderson Special

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WES UP!!!

By popular demand, The Social Sketchup Wesfest is back at Drink Shop & Do!

As before, it'll be a fun and informal night and we'll be sketching our way through a series of easy creative challenges inspired by Wes Anderson’s best-loved films and characters.  From group games to solo pieces, activities will be suitable for all levels and include:

  • Drawing your sketchmates in the style of Wes Anderson characters

  • A draw this sketchscene in your style challenge

  • Designing your very own survival kit for an escape to Moonrise Kingdom

  • Working collaboratively to create a ‘Wonderwall of Wes’ in your sketchbooks

  • Creating a mini zine or montage featuring your favourite characters, quotes and other best bits!

All materials provided and all levels welcome: just bring your imagination and your love of all things Wes.  Fancy dress optional but highly encouraged! 

Head to our gallery to check out the pics from the Wesfest last May for a taste of what’s in store!

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As soon as I saw a Wes Anderson-themed night - I was in! The set-up was so fun and supportive and everyone was friendly and encouraging. I really enjoyed the format and how it explored so many different approaches to being creative - from sketching quick portraits to curating little stories and scenes.


The materials provided let us explore line and colour through various mediums and materials. It gave me loads of ideas to take into my own practice.

This is what art should be - accessible, supportive and fun!
— Emma Warfield, who attended our Wesfest back in May

 

 

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Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sketch The Rainbow Weekender

Sketch The Rainbow Weekender

On a mission to draw more in 2019?

Want to experiment and bring more colour into your artwork - and your life?

Come get creative and join Sketch Appeal for an inspiring 2-day colourfest! 

 Day One: Sat 26th Jan, 11-5pm

 After a quick warm-up, we’ll work our way through a series of fun and easy challenges to produce monochrome images in each colour of the rainbow.  We’ll then move on to experiment with different colour combinations and explore the different effects we can create with limited colour palettes. 

 We’ll draw with coloured pencils, felt pens and paint pens.  We’ll draw with 2 colours, 3 colours and then ALL THE COLOURS!  And most importantly, we’ll chat, laugh and have LOADS OF FUN along the way!

Day Two: Sun 27th Jan, 11-5pm

 Day two will focus on exploring and drawing in the style of different artists renowned for their use and love of colour – including Kusama, Miro and Klee.  We’ll also experiment further with other materials, including pastels and coloured inks.  

 You’ll get to take home a series of A3 ‘inspired by’ illustrations and  one large-scale final ‘showstopper’ in the colour/s and style/s of your choice!

 NB: These are standalone workshops so don’t worry if you can’t make both dates – though you’ll obviously get double the inspiration if you can make it to both!

 Single workshop: £15

Weekend ticket: £25 if booked before 31st December 2018 

 Activities are suitable for all levels and all materials will be provided, as will free sketchbooks and an endless supply of tea and biscuits! 

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Dec
30
11:00 AM11:00

Sketchy Bitches: Show, Swap, Sketch!

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Join us for an all-day sketchfest to celebrate the end of a sketchtacular year of Sketchy Bitches! 

  • End of year show: Bring your sketchbook and favourite work from 2018 ready to show and tell us all! 

  • Style-swapping: Swap your 'best bits' and take it turn to draw each other's work - either #drawitinyourstyle or attempt to 'steal'/recreate theirs! 

  • New Year Goals: Set yourself some goals for 2019 - and then SKETCH them! Create a colourful illustration to pin up on your wall and inspire you all year round.  

  • Group Party Portraits: We'll take it in turns to pose and draw each other in 2 groups - party hats optional! 

Early booking essential - only 15 spots available! There are now over 1700 Sketchy Bitches on Meetup and our events sell out fast.  

All materials, coffee/tea and cake provided, but feel free to bring your favourite drawing tools and any leftover Christmas sweets! BYO lunch or head next door to the Gallery Cafe. 

 

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Sketchy Bitches Sketchmas Special

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It's the last Sketchy Bitches meetup before Christmas, so in the spirit of over-indulgence we're going BIG and having an all-day sketchfest!

NB: Advance booking is essential as there are only 15 spots and they get snapped up fast.  You'll get £5 off your ticket if you get in there early!

In the morning:

1) We'll get the party started with some creative games and create another giant piece of collaborative art - because it's so much flippin' fun!

2) Sweet-ART! Bring your favourite sweet or chocolate bar to add to the Ultimate Sketchy Bitches Selection Box! We’ll take it in turns to draw each one and then pass it on, until we’ve all created a unique A3 illustration of the same selection of sweets.

3) We'll then create some fun little hand-drawn 'token gestures' to give as gifts to friends and loved ones this Christmas. 

Come make some fun custom vouchers and gifts!

Come make some fun custom vouchers and gifts!

Lunchtime:  BYO or head next door to get some gorgeous vegan grub at the Gallery Cafe.

In the afternoon: Christmas is all about the classics, so we'll return to the familiar format of our regular meetups and take it in turn to pose whilst others draw us on 'Sketchy Bitchness cards'! We're going to throw in a little festive twist though: PARTY PROPS & HEADGEAR! Bring your own our choose something from our selection.

All materials, tea, coffee and cake also provided, but REMEMBER TO WEAR SOMETHING SPECTACULAR ON YOUR HEAD! :)

 

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Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Bitches: Dress up & draw!

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Join the Sketchy Bitches for an afternoon of portraiture and posing with a twist!

This special session will run just like our regular monthly ‘sketchworking’ events (drawing mini portraits) but we’re encouraging participants to bring along some spectacular headgear or props to pose with, to give the group an extra creative challenge!  

Materials, tea, coffee and cake provided, but BYO favourite pens, coloured pencils etc. if you prefer!

NB: Advance booking essential - no tickets available on the day.

 

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Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

The Social Sketchup Christmas Party

Gorgeous Cocktails by Sarah Fox!

Gorgeous Cocktails by Sarah Fox!

Join us for an arty party at the last Social Sketchup of 2018! 

Expect a night of fun and easy drawing challenges designed to unleash your inner artist and leave you in sparkling creative spirits this party season! 

You'll get to sample a selection of the activities featured in issue 1 of Sketch Appeal magazine, including:  

  • Cocktail O Clock! Design a new cocktail menu for Drink Shop & Do (or your own fantasy bar!)


  • Neck it! Make a cute party pendant out of paper

  • Playtime: Take a trip down memory lane and draw some of your favourite Christmas toys, gifts and games

  • Guilty Treasures: Design a brand-new cover for your favourite Christmas tune

  • Sweeties Darling! Draw the sweet jar of your dreams

We'll also be doing lots of the usual speed-portrait drawing to warm up, and there'll be chance to win an ACE prize in our "Get your puns out!" card design competition!  

Reckon you can beat this best-selling card design from Jelly Armchair (as seen in issue 1 of our mag!)? Come GET YER PUNS OUT & PROVE IT!

Reckon you can beat this best-selling card design from Jelly Armchair (as seen in issue 1 of our mag!)? Come GET YER PUNS OUT & PROVE IT!

All materials will be provided and there'll be FREE CAKE FOR ALL: so grab a ticket and let's Christmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!!  

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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Bitches Monthly

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Join the Sketchy Bitches for an afternoon of ‘sketchworking’ in our brand-new home, The Create Place!

We’ll be doing ‘the usual’: taking it in turns to pose and draw each other’s portraits on little business cards, eating sugar, drinking coffee and talking about how awesome drawing is!

Materials will be available but please BYO so we can all check out each other’s favourite pens! Tea, coffee and biscuits provided too.

Spaces are limited to 15 so advance booking essential. 

Book at least 1 week in advance and get £2 off your ticket!

Check out loads of pics from previous meetups in our gallery! 


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Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Groove Is In The Art! Launch party

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Groove is in the ART!! 

We love drawing and dancing to cheesy 90s pop: so what better way to celebrate the launch of Sketch Appeal magazine than with our first ever drawing disco!

Part structured workshop, part rainbow rave: expect a fun and informal night of drawing, dancing and drawing whilst dancing! 

Part 1: We'll (sit down) and work through a series of fun disco-inspired drawing challenges, including some tasters from the mag: 

  • Draw your favourite cheesy album/single cover  

  • Do some power drawing to power ballads: attempt to draw 50 pop stars in 15 minutes! 

  • DIY photoprops

  • Draw to the beat of songs 

  • Play collaborative games  

Part 2: Our fabulous friends from Art Model Collective, Carla and Manko, will arrive: decked out as groovy disco girls and ready to pose for us in 2 x 30 minute slots. 

Part 3: To round-off the night, we'll line the dance floor with easels ready to dance and draw our way around each canvas until the small hours! 

The whole thing will be set to a super-cheesy soundtrack featuring plenty of 90s pop, including our 'signature songs': I'm Too Sketchy, Sketchbomb and, of course, Groove Is In The Art!

Tickets include all materials, free sketchbooks and a goody bag inc. a £5 voucher to spend at GreatArt.  

Limited space/tickets available so advance booking essential !

Image by Judy Andrews @spoonfulsugarco 

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Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Sketchy Bitches INKTOBERFEST

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Join the Sketchy Bitches for a full-day inkfest at The Create Place! 

We'll spend the morning getting warmed up and working on a variety of short inking challenges, producing everything from portraits and fashion illustrations, to Sketchy Witches inspired by master of ink, Sir Quentin Blake!  We'll also work on some collaborative pieces and together will face that greatest of artist's fears: DRAWING HANDS!! 

In the afternoon we'll work on at least one large (A2) illustration on a theme of our choice, so get your inking caps on and bring any reference materials you need to.  We've got lots of ideas if you get stuck for one!  

By the end of the workshop, the aim is that you'll have produced at least 50 pieces of work, gained confidence in your inking skills and made some fab new friends along the way!

  • Included in the price of your ticket: All materials, an A4 sketchbook and a pot of black ink to take away with you at the end, along with an unlimited supply of soft drinks and sketchy biscuits! 

  • Not included: Lunch! You can bring your own and stay at The Create Place, or head next door for a vegan/veggie lunch at The Gallery Cafe.  

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Social Sketchup: Games Night

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The Social Sketchup is all about creative play, so it’s high time we had a games night! And where better to do it than at London’s legendary board game café, Draughts!

Come join the fun and play your way through a series of easy drawing challenges, including:

  • Collaborative group games: Guess Who I Drew, Exquisite Corpse and team Pictionary

  • Crappy Families card design

  • A Ready Steady Sketch speed-drawing challenge

  • Draw-Your-Own Pairs game

The biggest challenge of the night will be to create an illustrated ’best of’ board, featuring one or all of your favourite games. You could draw the box, the pieces, the characters, the money…whatever you fancy you can make your own rules! And obviously there’ll be plenty of inspiration and reference materials to draw from at Draughts!

As well as creating a stack of artwork that will make you smile every time you look at it, the aim of the Sketchup game is to leave you on a high: buzzing with happy hormones and creative confidence, feeling pluckier than a bucking Buckaroo! #WINNING! 

Activities are suitable for all levels and all materials provided courtesy of Great Art. 

Illustration created by the amazing Sophie Heywood


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