What is Drawcamp?

Drawcamp is a gathering for visual thinkers and mark-makers. At this unconference, attendees learn and teach drawing and sketching skills on a range of topics including:

  • visual thinking and sketching for UI/UX, architecture, and engineering
  • illustration and comics
  • traditional fine-art drawing
  • and possibly, robots

What’s an unconference? An unconference is organized around the interests of you, the attendees. We hang up a giant sheet of paper with time-slots listed on it. You sign up for a timeslot and present on a topic that you want to share with others. The next Drawcamp is actually a hybrid format with keynotes in the morning and open grid in the afternoon.

A little history:

The first Drawcamp¬† was held on June 12, 2010 at Bucketworks.¬† We think it was the world’s first unconference devoted to drawing and sketching. Attendees were mostly from Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago but two San Francisco designers Brynn Evans and Greg Nudelman¬† also joined us. They are the organizers of Sketchcamp. We were so lucky to have them with us.

Drawcamp is a sister event of the UX drawing event Sketchcamp.

The first Sketchcamp was held in San Francisco on May 28, 2011.

The next will be held in Chicago on October 22, 2011 (the day before Drawcamp)! More info on that here: http://www.sketchcampchicago.com/

Drawcamp plans to go to Sketchcamp Chicago. Can’t wait to meet our like-minded sketchers there.

Here’s a great post by Brynn on the history of Sketchcamp and how to host one:

2011 Drawcamp organizers:

Daria Kempka, Mike Rohde, Tim Demeter

2010 Drawcamp organizers:

Daria Kempka @dariakempka

Bucketworks @bucketworks

Pete Prodoehl (@raster) and Mike Rohde (@rohdesign) also devoted a ton of time and resources to making the first Drawcamp happen.