pete who?

Pete Scully is an urban sketcher and an avid keeper of sketchbooks. He left north london in 2005 to pursue other options in California but misses proper Cadbury’s chocolate. Holds his pen a funny way. He sketches the world as he sees it, he sometimes writes a few things, and generally keeps pretty busy.

In December 2011 Pete had his first solo exhibition at the Pence Gallery in Davis. It went pretty well. Here’s an article in the Davis Enterprise: “See Davis Through Scully’s Drawings“. He has also exhibited at Armadillo Music (Jan 2011) and the Avid Reader (Nov 2011) for the Davis 2nd Friday Art About, and was included on the 2013 Downtown Davis calendar (for March).

The Art of Urban SketchingSince 2008 Pete has been the Davis correspondent for the global sketching website Urban Sketchers. His sketches are featured in the book ‘The Art of Urban Sketching’, by Urban Sketchers founder Gabi Campanario. He gave a talk about the book and about urban sketching at the Avid Reader bookstore in February 2012 (Davis Enterprise mention).

Since 2012, Pete is a guest correspondent on Urban Sketchers London, and organized a London sketchcrawl in May 2012.

In February 2013, Pete was one of the artists featured in Danny Gregory’s book “An An Illustrated JourneyIllustrated Journey“, a collection of forty traveling sketchbook artists from around the world.  Find out more about the book on Danny Gregory’s website.

Pete organizes monthly sketchcrawls in Davis called “Let’s Draw Davis“, as a way to bring local sketchers together to draw their city. Here’s an article about it in the California Aggie, and another mention in UC Davis Dateline.

Here is an article about Pete and “Let’s Draw Davis” in Davis Life Magazine (by ‘Walking Bob’ Schultz):

In September 2012, the Davis Enterprise featured four of Pete’s Davis drawings on each of its four Welcome To Davis editions. You can read about those here and here.

Davis Enterprise, Sep 20 2012

Aggie TV report on the January Davis sketchcrawl (links to Aggie TV Facebook page):

screenshot from Aggie TV


28 thoughts on “pete who?

  1. sherri

    Hi Pete!!
    I live up near Placerville (Diamond Springs), and was unable to make the last sketchcrawl. Will you be organized the next one?? I’d definitely like to join.
    Thanks !!

  2. petescully Post author

    hello; probably not, if i do the next sketchcrawl i might go to the bay area, I did Sac last time because i love drawing in midtown! Or I’ll do a davis one.

  3. bluebicicletta

    Hey, cool, Davisites unite! Davis must be a big change! I’ve been in California for a while now, but used to live in the high mountains of Colorado. It gets a little too hot for me here in the summer, but otherwise, I love being able to ride a bike 12 months a year. I really like your sketches. Thanks for finding my blog!

  4. steve barnett

    Hi Pete
    Steve Barnett here. I’d left a note on SketchCrawl regarding my interest in possibly using drawings for a London Guide Book. I’d like to contact you, can you please let me have an address to email to.

    thanks, Steve

  5. Morris Mosart

    street pete & I wonder if you got my message about Sulloniacis, the orange watling, the whole resonance….? Who is in whose footsteps? My son is an Aix conception, but a bit older. I was thrown out of my first holiday job in an arcane grocery, near the top of the Broadway, after I read a beat poem from Evergreen Review that included the **** word.
    We used to hang out in the bowling alley. Watling lads’ parents had kitchen cupboards full of amphetamines rather than food./ Cut to forward….
    I’m a fan. The skill of the craft and observation are there but it’s the humanity, a visceral perception that let’s a child’s feeling view, penetrate the world. It’s saying ‘You see a drab world? It’s the way you’re looking’. You have the character eyes to do it and the philosophy of the poets pencil. The not-you lets the essence come through.
    So I want to ask if you would be willing to license to print from screen? I assume that you sell the originals?
    Best regards to the whole fam – your son looks pretty robust.
    salut maintenant

  6. Morris Mosart

    PS Your words on Boris are the same as mine. But now he’s mayor, buffoonery’s suppressed. About a week before, I saw Ken, as usual in Waitrose, Finch Rd. He had a big collar turned right up and was checking out. It’s like going from Legoland to the Casino!
    with lots of pomp,
    Sir William Slapdash-Bagpipe Smythe

  7. David Tucker

    Hi Pete,

    You’ve done the drawings for our book: London Walks London Stories. (I’ve just spotted my co-editor, Steve Barnett’s, note up above.) And very pleased we are with them as well. I’m trying to get in touch with you as a matter of some urgency. Steve’ll no doubt get back to me tomorrow with the particulars, but if possible I’d like to speak to you tonight. Any chance you could email me a phone number. Hoping I can interest you in doing – very quickly – a couple of drawings for the Winter 08-09 London Walks leaflet. But I’ve got a horrendous deadline bearing down on me. Here’s hoping…


    London Walks

  8. Neil

    I’m at UC Davis these days and I’m a DJ at KDVS and I was thinking you should submit something to KDViations the station’s quarterly magazine. Let me know if you’re interested and I can give you some more details.

  9. bill

    Hows it going Matey? been meaning to drop you a line for ages but doin me HGV at mo so times been limited. Just finished doing a course on NLP with Andrews company which i really enjoyed and highly reccomend the subject. Will be in touch A.S.A.P. but you know me could be any time. Hope Angela & little Luke are both well, loved the pictures you sent.

  10. Rosemarie Arnold

    Your sketches brought back many memories. I went to the Anuncation School then onto Saint James Secondary student during the 40’s, I took the tube from Edgware to Burnt Oak daily, Watling Ave, was a treasure trove of shops in those days.
    Like you I am now living in CA.
    Keep up the good work,

    1. mike doyle

      Rosemarie, FYI I was just browsing thru the petescully website and was quite ‘gobsmacked’ by his drawings of Burnt Oak. THEN I saw your message saying that you attended both the annunciation and St James’ schools – in the 1940’s! I too attended both those schools, and was at St. James in the same time period. My wife and I left the UK in 1956, then 2 yrs in Toronto, 50 yrs in Seattle, and now, 4 yrs in Arizona. Looks as though we’re neighbors again1 Just had to let you know, take care, Mike Doyle


    Wonderful artwork.
    I too used to live in Crouch End (near the clock tower) and went to school at St James in Burnt Oak. A daily 41 bus ride to Archway, tube to Camden Town then a walk up Orange Hill Road. You make it look better than I remember it!
    All the best

  12. Rita Gallegos

    Hi Pete…All of your sketches are beautiful! You did some of Sacramento, one of them was of Bishop Gallegos. He is actually my uncle, my fathers twin brother. The sketch yo udid of him is wonderful and its special feeling to know that in such a big busy town with so many things to choose to make sketches of that there was something about him (his satue) that caught your eye enough to take the time to do a sketch of him….thank you!

    p.s. I have enjoyed your writings as much as your sketches, you are very talented!

  13. Andrew Frishman

    Hey Pete,

    I met you the other night at our mutual neighbor’s house for dinner – just got a chance to check out your blog – very cool stuff!

    There are a number of students at the school that I teach at ( that are pretty enthusiastic (and in some cases talented) illustrators themselves – let me know if you might be up for one of them contacting you for some ideas/tips about how to continue to pursue it and develop additional skills.

    In particular, there is one young man Clave Fourie and I think that you might get a kick out of some of his stuff –

    All the best,


  14. ian nolan

    hi pete
    great drawings! as an oakey myself i recognise these places. i moved about 10 years ago but i still work in burnt oak broadway and go about my business there every day, this area has changed so much in last ten years. you have captured three iconic local buildings in the stag prince and library how long they will still be here remains to be seen

  15. Caroline Bonello (Merrick)

    hi pete, i grew up in Burnt Oak with you and just come across your work by accident while looking up stuff for no reason what so ever. I remember being at your house when i was younger and staying over at some point and going out to buy sweets and mr men magazines with your dad.Remember playing in your back garden to on a climbing frame if my memory serves me right.Yes i rember the funny way you held your pen but also the amazing drawings you done as a child.Hope you dont mind me saying hi, your pictures of Burnt oak are so spot on its scary.I still have to see the place every day when i take my kids to school,three of whom now go to Goldbeaters (two others are at senior school and one to young for school).Nice to see your talent never went to waste.Take care.

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  17. Sally

    Hi Pete…stumbled here randomly because I am designing website graphics for a friend using the same template. I am from California…living in London…and I love your drawings of both places. I am glad I found this. Will keep it bookmarked when I feel the need to be inspired in my drawing (too much illustrator and photoshop theses days). Cheers! I will eat a Dairymilk for you if you have a decent taco for me!

    1. pete scully Post author

      Thanks for the message Sally! I’m organizing a sketchcrawl in Whitechapel next month if you’re interested in doing some London sketching, I’ll post details soon.

  18. Neal Gutierrez

    Dear Pete Scully,
    My name is Neal Gutierrez and I am part of the Outreach and Publicity Committee for the Davis Newman Catholic Center. I was searching throughout the web and came across your beautiful sketches of the Newman Center at Davis and the St. James Catholic Church. I would like to ask permission to use this pictures on our website ( and on flyers to encourage others to come to our 9PM Sunday Student Mass. In no way will these sketches be used to gain a profit and we would definitely provide credit descriptions to credit your amazing work. Please let me know if this is possible and the appropriate way to credit your work. I look forward to your response.


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