Love and Updates

Hi dear readers

After a bit of a break from the project I’ve decided that I won’t be renewing the URL for the site 😦
It’s a sad decision to make but one that is overdue, running the site is about $10 a month and I can’t justify the expense. Once the plan expires the blog will still be up at wordpress.com/sketchykids I believe.

In some ways this represents some kind of an end of the Sketchy Kids project to me. Getting a website was one of the main ways I had of making the project ‘legit’. So here I’ll write a post mortem as it were.

Originally I came up with the idea of Sketchy Kids in a social entrepreneurship class in college. As a musician myself, I knew many creative people in my network and many other plain entertaining characters. I felt if we all banded together, we could create a special place. A platform for artists and by artists.

As I built up the site I gained partners and friends and we collaborated on the site. We searched out all the opportunities we could by making platforms on every social media, doing events and even developing our own TV show. I spent tons of time making posts, doing outreach to artists, and doing all I could to make the project a success.

I think it was a combination of factors that led to this place. I should’ve kept at it and posted more consistently. I also had some personal family problems that gave me no energy to work on anything. In some ways the original idea was flawed, because even if I built a great platform of content it didn’t translate to having an audience big enough to support the project. I thought that by featuring artists, they would share the posts and bring in their audience into the fold. Maybe I wasn’t altruistic enough because this did not happen. Many artists who were excited about being featured didn’t share the posts even. I am not sure why, maybe I was too controlling with the site and didn’t give my partners enough ownership. It could be I just chose a hard area to work on. Or lacked the connections to be successful.

That isn’t to say I view the project as a failure. I feel that helping artists and making them happy was something I did a lot in the heydey of the site. My partners and I created some cool stuff too. I learned a lot about organizing, entrepreneurship, and all sorts of other things. And I’m going to leave the blog and the socials up, maybe I’ll even update them going forward. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself when who knows if anyone will even read this.

Long story short, all you are loved and appreciated! Thanks for reading 🙂

Love and Updates

Happy Holidays from the Sketchy Kids

Seasons greetings!

As the new year and new decade turns over we are happy to wish our lovely audience a blessed upcoming year, and ten years!

We have some fun plans coming through. More videos and posts will be coming. The biggest announcement is this:

Starting January 2020 the Sketchy Kids will be hosting real – life meet ups!

Surely these will be small gatherings to start but will snowball later on! We’re very excited to be doing this and will be keeping the wider audience up to date on these meetings.

Happy Holidays from the Sketchy Kids

The Sketchy Kids are Live – Episode 5

Hi to our lovely readers!

After a bit of hiatus we are pleased to release the final episode of season 1!

This is our ORIGINAL cable access television show that is available online.

We are beginning post production of season two so expect us to be moving on to bigger and better things!

The Sketchy Kids are Live – Episode 5

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By Alex Harristhal

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I wasn’t feeling so hot this day, and my mind was really racing. I had a loong to do list and no motivation, but i wanted to get my mind busy on something physical so I flopped on my bed and doodled this. I felt helpless to circumstances, and this drawing helped me acknowledge that.

Its all pen to paper without penciling, the marks that you see there were erased from a previous sketch. I started in the lower left corner and followed the marks as they led me around the page, a visual map.

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I remember I was just straight angry this day, a few weeks ago. There’s a bit of everything in there, frustration, desire, anger, worry, a lil hope, and some kung fu. Like the kite flying drawing, drawing these two pages led me towards understanding what it was I felt.

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This woman is a fun experiment, I’m still playing around with those angles some, like her eyes to her nose, and her nose to her mouth. I had been looking at some Picasso and felt giddy. The body is sort of three ideas pushed into one as I was testing them all out.

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I wrote all of this a few weeks ago, tryin to regurgitate all this stuff flyin around my thoughts and clogging it up. I had also just rewatched A Scanner Darkly and woody harrelson calls these dudes albino shapeshifting lizard bitches, an upgrade to what i had been saying, spineless lizards. The couple up top on the right I drew in my Fine Arts Seminar class.

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This is what it is.

 

STRAIGHT PEN burr

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These are some hatched sketches of houses and structures. I really love hatching with a nice smooth pen, getting the lines as parallel as I can and gradually building it up is meditative and nice for distracting the hand while I think.

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