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Urban Sketching @ REI

The SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers headed to REI in Berkeley to get some viz on.

Holy crap there are a lot of things in that store. I was intrigued by the hanging backpacks, then skis. Then I tried a view down the central corridor with the canoes floating above.

In two hours, I managed to get down three scenes. Can’t wait to go back and give it another try.

Pro tip: 2 hours at REI are not enough.

You can check out work from the other sketchers on the SF-Sketchers Meetup album.


I learned that empty backpacks have a universe of folds and creases, and by looking carefully, they all make sense. I learned that skiis stack in pairs and are held together with turbo-sized rubber bands. Also, skis have gotten wider since I last went 20+ years ago.

I was surprised by how hard it was to settle and pick something to focus on. The backpacks started as an act of desperation, then I became totally immersed.

Next time, I’d come with a plan. Focus on one kind of item, like all things biking or items smaller than my hand.

References & Links

REI, Berkeley store
SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers