Monday, January 12, 2009

Sketchcrawl at the University of Washington campus

The Gerberding Hall [ View larger ]

The Red Square [ View larger ]

Saturday was the 21st World Wide Sketchcrawl. We had a great turnout in Seattle. It was cloudy and rainy at times but not too cold. The location where we drew this time was the University of Washington campus, which offers a great mix of architecture: a lot of gothic style halls and some stark, more functional-looking buildings. I drew both of my sketches from what is known as the "red square," because of the redish color of the pavement I suppose. On some rare very clear days you can see Mount Rainier from here.

Check out what the rest of our group drew on the Seattle thread of the sketchcrawl forums.

Just like during last sketchcrawl at Pike Place Market, here's a photo of the group. We met at café Solstice after sketchcrawling around the campus. I'm the guy in the yellow raincoat in case you are curious.


  1. Anonymous12:44 AM

    Hi Gabi
    Nice drawings! My understanding is that "Red Square" was named after Red Square in Moscow... because it's where all the demonstrations are held, and... well everyone KNOWS college students are communists(!!!!)
    I could be wrong, but there's always been that association.

  2. I love your sketches of architecture. It makes me miss Seattle.

  3. I had a great time also on my first sketchcrawl! The best part, aside from the nice people and great sketching opportunity; were the margaritas!

  4. Red Square and those towers and Kane Hall (the modern building on the far side of the square in G's picture) were new when I started at the UW as a student in 1971. They are brick (red); the name "red square" started out, as I remember it, as a sarcastic nickname by students who hated the modern seemingly soul-less architecture AND who viewed the plaza as a great place for demonstrations. So yes, it was a sort of sarcastic wink at Moscow's Red Square. Before it was Red Square it was a construction area known as "the pit" and I remember hearing that people attempted to encircle and "levitate" it (as others tried to "levitate" the Pentagon) or at least bring some levity to the gravity of anti-war demonstrations of the time. Plus ca change... So many memories come back as we wandered the campus to make pictures!

  5. wow these are so lovely

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  7. UW Represent!

    Those are really good sketches!