2009 was packed with sketching activity. I'm grateful for all the opportunities I had to draw and for all the friendships I made. I only wish that 2010 brings as much excitement and new chances to draw in such good company as I had this year. In 2010 I'll try to update this blog at least once a month. For now, here are the highlights of the year that ends tonight:
January — Met local sketchers for 21st World Wide Sketchcrawl at the University of Washington campus.
February — Started a portfolio site using Google sites, which is free and super easy to use. I've only taken a couple freelancing projects this year though (La información and IESE Magazine.) Hope to be able to do more in 2010.
March — I taught a visual journalism class at Western Washington University Journalism School in Bellingham. A great experience that I had a chance to repeat again in October. I really enjoy every time I have the opportunity to step in a classroom. In August, I was also invited to speak to the students of the Interior Design program at Bellevue College.
April — Spent two weeks with my family in Spain, most of the time in Extremadura and also a few days in Barcelona, where I had the chance to meet fellow urban sketcher Lapin in person for the first time.
May — First month of my illustrated column "Seattle Sketcher" at The Seattle Times.
June — The World Association of Newspapers annual report is out. The report was edited by my former college professor Juan Antonio Giner, who had asked me to contribute this article about illustrators as storytellers.
July — The first official sketchcrawl of the Seattle Urban Sketchers took place at Fishermen's Terminal. After July we've been sketching every month at different locations. It's been a blast and I look forward to more sketching outings with the group in 2010.
August — I covered the Barcelona-Sounders game at Qwest Field for The Seattle Times, sketching at field level right next to one of the goals.
September — Thanks to the invitation by Clara Marta, a professor from the Aragón School of Design in Spain, I taught at a sketching workshop in beautiful Jaca, a pictoresque town near the Pyrenees. I met in person for the first time my fellow urban sketchers Simo Capecchi, Enrique Flores and Eduardo Salavisa. Lapin was there too. It was like being among family. More photos from the workshop on this flickr set.
October — I had the honor to have my work included in the exhibit "Diários Gráficos. Desenho en cadernos" that took place in Lagos, Portugal. It was curated by my friend Eduardo Salavisa.
November — On Nov. 1st, the first anniversary of the Urban Sketchers blog I had started in 2008, MyMidwest magazine published a 7-page spread article featuring my work alongside other U.S. based sketchers. It was a great piece and great recognition for USK. I also spread the news about the blog's anniversary with an interview for La Vanguardia, my hometown's newspaper, Italian newspaper La Repubblica, and Seattle's NPR station KPLU radio.
December — Urban Sketchers becomes a nonprofit organization. (We haven't made these t-shirts yet, but hopefully soon, and in different colors! Would you buy one and wear it?)
Happy New Year!!!