2007 was a very busy year for me. Both professionally and in my personal life. I was able to do quite a bit this year that before I could only imagine possible. When we had our first Sketch Club sketch night back in October of 2006, we only had 3 artists. The last three sketch nights we’ve had nearly 50 each week. We’ve published 2 sketchbooks this year showcasing the Sketch Club talent (both books are in their second printings!) and we’re about to print our third book. We participated in dozens of public events, and drew with thousands of local kids and their families. We were even featured in an episode of Texas Country Reporter. And of course, we now have a WEBSITE chock full of information… http://www.ElSketchoClubo.com/
But while 2007 was amazing, It will only get better and better in 2008!
In a couple of weeks we’re starting our AFTER-SCHOOL program at our classroom (provided by the Hope Shalom community /Asbury methodist church at 20th and Ave T) Its a weekly program every Wednesday from 3-5pm. Based on the formula we’ve established with our Sketch nights we will be drawing as a group, and teaching young artists to fall in love with the process of learning to draw. Over the next year we will gradually introduce drawing fundamentals classes and art technique classes to the program. Our long term goal with the Sketch Club is to make Lubbock and the world a better place and help artists live up to their fullest potential – this starts by reaching out to the community through programs like this and providing opportunities and resources for kids, giving them access to mentors and professional techniques, and then the venues to become successful using that.
The Sketch Club presents: the Lubbock Comics Group
Starting Saturday February 16th we will be meeting every Saturday afternoon to learn to make comic books. Our first project will be going through Scott Mcloud’s “Making Comics” book as a group and applying it to creating short-stories. This is as close as you can get to a comic book art school as you’ll get in this region. If you have ever wanted to make comic books as a career, THIS is your chance to learn how to do that.
ILLUSTRATION and COMIC BOOK art classes at LHUCA
I will be teaching an Illustration class in February on how to create an illustration from concept to finish. The entire process from thumb nail concepts sketches, to design/composition, to paint and finishes. I will also be doing a series of classes on how to create a comic book from start to finish. This is a demonstration class series, designed to be a perfect compliment to the comics group. We are still working on the final details for these classes, but they will be affordable and convenient. More information will be posted when its available, If you are interested please let me know.
Several Sketch Club artist are getting Tables at the “Staple” indy comics expo in Austin, Saturday March 1st.
FIRST FRIDAY ART TRAIL
The Lubbock Sketch Club artists will be on the First Friday art trail in March (3/7), featured at Hard Tops Gallery. Getting our fine arts on. We will be taking submissions for the show in February. We hope you’ll join us.
Scan Date is Saturday April 12th at our regular sketch night
COMIC BOOK ANTHOLOGY 1
The comics group anthology is a collection of 5 page short stories by local creators. Designed to promote local creators, and give them a venue to get experience and exposure with their work. The anthology will be a quarterly publication.
Lubbock arts Festival
April 17 – 20, 2008
Friday May 2nd
First Friday art trail at the Science Spectrum. LIVE art show (with a DJ!) and Sketch Club gallery showcase.
Saturday May 3rd
Lubbock Comic book Expo – If you haven’t heard, the Sketch Club, in conjunction with the Science Spectrum of Lubbock, Star books and comics and Metropolis radio will host the first ever Lubbock comic book expo. Visit our events page to find out more about it. The info is at the bottom of the page. http://elsketchoclubo.com/events.htm
As always, we will be meeting every Saturday night from 7-10 pm at Freebirds on the South Loop 289. Anyone is invited, children under the age of 10 are recommended to bring an adult.
Our Figure drawing group meets every Wednesday from 7-10pm. visit the figure drawing page for more info… http://elsketchoclubo.com/figuredrawing.htm
And something new this year, it looks like we may be doing regular events and presentations with LISD schools.