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 participated in several other joint exhibits at the Pence Gallery since. Pete has also exhibited at Armadillo Music (Jan 2011), the Avid Reader (Nov 2011), and First Street Real Estate (Nov 2014) for the Davis 2nd Friday Art About, also at the Davis Public Library (Nov 2011), and was included on the 2013 Downtown Davis calendar (for March). He also exhibited as part of the “Scene In Davis” show at the Art Is Davis Co-Op in June 2014. In the Fall of 2016, Pete had a special exhibition of his sketchbooks at the UC Davis Design Museum, which included a talk on keeping sketchbooks in early October 2016. The exhibit was called “Conversations with the City” and featured 30 of Pete’s sketchbooks from 2006-2016. Here is a piece about the exhibition on the UC Davis Arts page, and an article about it in the Davis Enterprise.
Since 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).
In October 2015, Pete’s first book “Creative Sketching Workshop” was published by North Light Books and Apple Press. This book features the creative talents of twelve sketchers from around the world who contributed chapters (workshops) on various subjects related to urban sketching. You can order a copy from Amazon, or from North Light Books, or check your local store.
Pete’s second book, “Five Minute Sketching People” was published in October 2017 by Firefly in the US and Apple Press in the UK. You can find it on Amazon, or your local store. They even have it in Tate Modern!
In February 2013, Pete was one of the artists featured in Danny Gregory’s book “An Illustrated Journey“, a collection of forty traveling sketchbook artists from around the world, talking about their lives and journeys as artists. One of Pete’s sketches (of Vipin’s in his native Burnt Oak) was placed on the cover. Find out more about the book on Danny Gregory’s website.
Other published work includes a book called “London Walks, London Stories“, a guide book of sorts written by David Tucker and various other Blue Badge guides of London, for which Pete provided the illustrations. Pete also drew two short comics for the popular band Art Brut when they released their ‘Best Of’ album “Top of the Pops” in 2013; selected artists drew short comics based on different songs on the album, and were released as part of the app that accompanied the album (find it in the App Store).
Pete has organized 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. Pete has also organized several ‘themed’ sketchcrawls in London, such as “Sketching Jack’s London“, in the Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper (2013), and “Sketching Wren’s City“, a sketch-hunt of all of Christopher Wren’s Buildings in the City of London (2014).
Here is an article about Pete and “Let’s Draw Davis” in Davis Life Magazine (by ‘Walking Bob’ Schultz): http://www.davislifemagazine.com/2011/01/lets-draw-davis/
Here is an article about Pete’s sketches of his son’s shoes posted on Artist’s Network by Cherie Haas, which talks about his book ‘Creative Sketching Workshop’: http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/sketching-idea-choose-a-specific-subject-and-draw-a-series
Aggie TV report on the January 2011 Davis sketchcrawl (links to Aggie TV Facebook page):
Short film about my exhibition at the UC Davis Design Museum in Fall 2016, “Conversations with the City”: