meet the portlands

PDX Floyds
One of the reasons I wanted to go back to Portland was to sketch with the Portland Urban Sketchers, partly because I have at least met several of them before, and partly because I love their work on USk PDX. We met at Floyd’s Coffee in Old Town, and I got a breakfast burrito and sketched People. I traditionally only sketch People when those People are also Sketchers – it’s like it’s ‘alright’. Still, I need the practise, and I’ve been doing a lot more of it lately. Anyway, it was good to catch up with some familiar faces – Linda, Alanna, Kalina, Vicky, Pascale – and meet some more, such as Greg (who I actually drew in Lisbon but never met), Deb, Andrea, Marta, Marco, Cassie, Angelika, Gary (hope I’ve not missed anyone out!) – and of course, to watch them sketch. One thing I know about myself is that I don’t tend to sketch quite as much when I am talking, but when I meet other sketchers I do love to talk. About pens, mostly. And Magneto.
sketching with the pdx urban sketchers
After Floyd’s I took a brief interlude to sketch in the rain (see the sketch at the bottom, drawn by Skidmore Fountain in very wet conditions), before rejoining the group at Old Town Pizza, an interesting old place full of things to look at at draw. It was a fun afternoon with lots of conversation, and I am glad to have gone. A shame we couldn’t have all sketched outside, but the rain really was pouring, and it was nice and friendly inside.
PDX Urban Sketchers
Portland Urban Sketchers (with me)
Portland sketchbooks

Here’s to the next time!

PDX rainy skidmore

60 thoughts on “meet the portlands

    • pete scully says:

      I disagree, they ARE sketches. Your definition may be very different to mine, and the rest of the urban sketching community. You can call them something else, but these are my sketches.

  1. susielindau says:

    I love these! I was an illustrator back in the day and this post makes me want to break out my sketchpad! Let me know if your group ever travels to Colorado.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  2. cartoonmick says:

    What a great little group, and awesome sketches. I’d love to be involved with a group like that, but I’m not sure where the nearest one is. I must start searching, or maybe start a local group myself.

    I’m a freelance cartoonist and enjoy a coffee or 2 at a cafe on our local waterfront, where I often take my sketch book and discretely sketch other coffee drinkers (I’ve only been caught once, and it was fine).

    You’ll find some samples of my illustrations and cartoons around the various sections of my blog here………….

    Happy sketching…


    • pete scully says:

      Nice work Mick! If you check over at you may find urban sketchers nearby who may know of a group. is also a good place to look, and the worldwide sketchcrawls are every three months, and anyone can post on their forum to arrange a local ‘crawl on the sketchcrawl date.

  3. LubbyGirl says:

    So glad I found this in Freshly Pressed! I half expected to see my son sketched here somewhere; he loves that coffee shop, and it looks familiar enough that I think I’ve been in there at one point myself, even though I don’t live in Portland. Sketching was a hobby in college – about a hundred years ago – but I never lost the love of it. Love your stuff here!

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