Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Local artists find advice, friendship through Lubbock Sketch Club

By: Sarah Reiman/Staff Writer: posted: 4/27/09

The Lubbock Sketch Club meets every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to bring together a variety of artists to share and learn from each other.

Artists of every age and experience level meet at Freebird's near Slide Road and Loop 289, said Will Terrell, a Lubbock artist who create the club.

As many as 70 local artists have attended the weekly meeting, he said, but about 40 to 50 artists usually attend.

Sarah Vaughn, a freshman studio art major from Lubbock, said the Sketch Club has enabled her to feature multiple pieces of abstract art during First Friday Art Trail in the Depot District and has given her direction in publishing the graphic novel she is creating.

"It is nice to associate with other artists," Vaughn said.

Vaughn received treatment through horse therapy after being declared disabled for a period of time during her life.

Because of her healing experiences with horses, she now draws abstract versions of horses for the art shows she participates in.

Vaughn said she has been coming to Sketch Club meetings for a year a half and the members of the group have offered her advice and encouraged her artwork.

Marc Watson, an alumnus from Lubbock who will return to Tech in the fall to earn a fine arts master's degree, said the Lubbock Sketch Club has provided "an enjoyable environment" for him where connections with famous artists can be made.

He said he brings his 10-year-old brother to the weekly meetings, where artists ages 6 to 80 interact with each other.

Watson, who has created murals for Covenant Medical Center, encourages students interested in comics, art or graphics to come and enjoy Saturday meetings and not be afraid to bring examples of their work to share.

Also, the group offers opportunities to participate in the Lubbock Arts Festival, Comic Expos, classes, workshops and booths at craft fairs.

Terrell said the Lubbock Comic Book Expo will be hosted Friday through Sunday by Lubbock Sketch Club and Star Comics during the Lubbock Arts Festival at the Civic Center.

Terrell said the comics will be given out at the festival as part of National Free Comic Book Day, which takes place the first Saturday in May.

"This is huge for a comic book event in West Texas," he said.

Ariel Walden, a junior broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, said many of the friendships she has today have been gained through the Lubbock Sketch Club.

The club offers support from artists with similar interests and "talent with different styles," she said. Those who attend the meetings are friendly and give input on work.

She said people who "love art should draw a little every single day."

Terrell said he advises those interested in becoming better artists to find teachers and practice. He said the best way of learning is to "imitate things you see and ask questions."

"Most people think you have to be born talented to do work of any kind, especially with comic books," he said, "but I don't believe that's true at all. I think that it's like reading or writing or math. If society nourished it and encouraged it on a regular basis, everybody could draw and reach a certain level."

The Sketch Club caters to artists at whatever skill level they are at, he said, and if the artists enjoy drawing and are passionate about it, then they have the potential of getting to the skill level they desire.

"The Sketch Club is a way of challenging each other," Terrell said.

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