Urban Sketchers

February 28, 2018

By Janet Dodrill

Sketching with other artists over the past year has been a worthwhile experience. I discovered Urban Sketchers Cleveland chapter on Facebook. After participating in the group’s monthly sketch outings at various locations, I learned about the Urban Sketchers international organization.

I’ve posted some recent sketches, and included information about the group below.


Urban Sketchers is a network of artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel to. Our mission is to “Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.” Visit our main blog at www.urbansketchers.org for more information.

Sketchers in the Cleveland area share their drawings at www.facebook.com/groups/urbansketcherscleveland and www.urbansketchers-cleveland.blogspot.com.

OUR MANIFESTO

1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.

2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.

3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.

4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.

5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.

6. We support each other and draw together.

7. We share our drawings online.

8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.


NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: This organization is turning drawing into a social pastime. Jan 20, 2018 – With more than 200 chapters worldwide, Urban Sketchers is helping people meet up and sketch together, taking what was once a solitary hobby and turning it into a social one. www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/this-organization-is-turning-drawing-into-a-social-pastime-1141734979947


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Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

5th Street Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio.

5th Street Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio.

Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio.

Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio.

Rockefeller Greenhouse & Gardens, Cleveland, Ohio.

Rockefeller Greenhouse & Gardens, Cleveland, Ohio.

Rockefeller Greenhouse & Gardens, Cleveland, Ohio.

Rockefeller Greenhouse & Gardens, Cleveland, Ohio.

Heritage Park, The Flats, Cleveland, Ohio.

Heritage Park, The Flats, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Color Company Makes Me Glow

December 12, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

DayGlo Color Corp. developed fluorescent and glow in the dark color in the 1930s and has served the world’s color marketplace. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the company played a role in pop culture when it was used in the disco days for pop-art and black light posters, and graffiti. It has been used in many markets including in the military in the 1940s and 1950s. Aside from enhancing the color spectrum for artists, it is used in the graphic arts industry, packaging and consumer goods (including for personal care and cosmetic ingredients), paints and coatings, dyes and textiles. The effects were discovered by two brothers, sons of a pharmacist, experimenting. The colors and effects were originally used for magic shows, stage shows and movie promotion posters.

Fluorescent Color Samples

I have always been curious driving by the small building on Cleveland’s east side, and once have even seen orange powdered foot prints leading out of a side door!

Their web site, www.dayglo.com, has company information, a design center where you can mix colors in real time online, and a link to their store, www.dayglostore.com, which includes paint, printer ink, papers, paint pens, blacklights and glo sticks. I can’t imagine growing up without DayGlo, and am glad this local color company has endured!