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My name is Pete, I live in Davis (California), and I am an urban sketcher and avid keeper of sketchbooks. I am originally from Burnt Oak in north London, but moved to California because the fire hydrants here are easier to find. I sketch the world as I see it, I like to write a few things, go to a few places, and keep myself busy.
I like to encourage the act of location drawing / urban sketching, and since 2010 I have organized a monthly (well, nearly monthly) sketchcrawl 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. This led to me organizing several more sketchcrawls in London, from the first one (called “Let’s Draw London”, which was the first official sketchcrawl of Urban Sketchers London) to the ‘themed’ sketchcrawls 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).
Since 2008 I have been the Davis correspondent for the global sketching website Urban Sketchers. I was in the founding group of correspondents. Since then Urban Sketchers has grown to have thousands of members and hundreds of chapters worldwide. My sketches of Davis were featured in the book ‘The Art of Urban Sketching’, by Urban Sketchers founder Gabi Campanario. I gave a talk about the book and about urban sketching at the Avid Reader bookstore in February 2012 (Davis Enterprise mention). Since 2012, I am a guest correspondent on Urban Sketchers London, and have organized four themed sketchcrawls in London, starting with “Let’s Draw London” in May 2012 which kicked off the USk London sketchcrawl series. The last one I did in London was “Sketching Wren’s London” in July 2016, attended by about 80 sketchers in which as a group we drew all of Christopher Wren’s buildings within the City of London limits! I have also taught workshops for Urban Sketchers SF Bay area (San Francisco, June 2017) and Urban Sketchers Portland (November 2018), plus a virtual workshop in 2020 for the ‘Shelter-in-Place’ Art Week.
In December 2011 I had a successful solo exhibition at the Pence Gallery in Davis. Here’s an article in the Davis Enterprise: “See Davis Through Scully’s Drawings“. I have participated in several other joint exhibits at the Pence Gallery since, such as 2018’s Halloween show. I have 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). I also exhibited as part of the “Scene In Davis” show at the Art Is Davis Co-Op in June 2014 with several prominent Davis artists. My work is also currently displayed (2022) in the lobby of the Walker Hall Graduate Center at UC Davis, a series of drawings made during the building’s reconstruction and renovation.
In the Fall of 2016, I had a special exhibition of my 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 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.
In October 2015, my 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.
My 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, I 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 my sketches (of Vipin’s in my 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. I 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 (which used to be in the App Store, but not any more…).
ARTICLES AND MENTIONS…
“Sketcher draws attention to Davis” – article in the Davis Enterprise newspaper, by Tanya Perez (Mar 13, 2019)
“The Artist: Pete Scully discusses urban sketching” – article in the UC Davis California Aggie newspaper, by Anjini Venugopal (Jan 10, 2019)
“A Work in Progress: Sketches of Walker Hall” – article on the UC Davis Grad Studies site, by Elizabeth Lambert (Nov 1, 2018)
Here is an article about me 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 my sketches of my son’s shoes posted on Artist’s Network by Cherie Haas, which talks about my book ‘Creative Sketching Workshop’: http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/sketching-idea-choose-a-specific-subject-and-draw-a-series
In February 2009, the Davis Enterprise interviewed me about my sketching (by Jonathan Edwards). “Drawing Davis: Sketches chronicle ‘urbane’ city”
Face-to-Face Interview with UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, published June 2022:
Short film about my exhibition at the UC Davis Design Museum in Fall 2016, “Conversations with the City”:
Aggie TV report on the January 2011 Davis sketchcrawl (links to Aggie TV Facebook page):
Sustainability virtual-sketch workshop for UC Davis, Earth Day 2021: