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Schroeder!

Drink And Draw, ART, INTERVIEWSteven SilvaComment

Welcome back ladies and germs, how was the long Labor Day layoff?

I'll say that an underappreciated part of the majestic 3-day weekend is the 4-day work week. Because watching paint dry for three days in a row is great, but the real joy is finding some extra pep in your step the following Friday. You get used to five days with your brain is locked in and ready to go another round, and then all of a sudden, "BAM!" the cubicle melts away and you're like an inmate getting out for good behavior. You start making all these plans you're normally too tired for.  

Really cool news in this neck of the woods, the latest #drinkanddrawokc feature is out courtesy of our dear friend Nathan Poppe with Look At OKC. You need to pick up a copy at your favorite coffee shop. Poppe's put together a great interview detailing the works of the terrific Nate Schroeder. Nate is a Drink & Draw regular, blending ink and markers to make character-driven images equal parts insightful and goofy. He's also been known to sling a pizza or two, so if you play your cards right, you might pick up art tips AND a slice!

Do catfish dream of Lou Bega?

Do catfish dream of Lou Bega?

Follow Nate here: @schroeder_the_animator, and pick up a copy of Look At OKC to stay up to date on the latest arts, music, and entertainment news pumping through city.

Finally, per usual, consider this your invitation to reconnect with your inner doodler. Come to Drink & Draw this Thursday from 7-10 PM! As always, it's completely free, and you're welcome to BYOB. I'll update the events calendar this afternoon so you can keep up with our ever-changing schedule and pencil us into your very busy life.

Enjoy the Tuesday hustle!    

Drink & Draw New Schedule!

ART, Drink And DrawDusty GilpinComment

In 2011, I decided that I needed to start drawing more. I guess you could call it a New Year's resolution, but I made a point to start drawing every Thursday night. Each Thursday I would send out a text message to a few art buddies: Tony Thunder, Kaleb Nimz, Avery Wilson, Michael Walters, Hector Lopez, and Tanner Frady. Besides most major holidays and a handful of sicknesses or vacations; I've drawn every Thursday night since then.

From left to right: Tanner Frady (Not Pictured), Michael Walters, Tony Thunder, Kaleb Nimz, Hector Lopez.

From left to right: Tanner Frady (Not Pictured), Michael Walters, Tony Thunder, Kaleb Nimz, Hector Lopez.

Three years later, I can attribute a huge amount of my artistic progression to Drink & Draw. I've met more artists, been pushed to draw outside the box, and learned more artistic techniques than I ever have through any collegiate art course I ever took.

In the later part of 2012, we moved D&D from my house to the Tree & Leaf printshop. We had more space, more parking, more tables and chairs. There were nights when absolutely no one would show up and there were nights when 15 people would attend. It was always hit or miss what the attendance would be, but we stayed consistent with hosting every Thursday. It's a totally cliché adage, but I always fell back on the quote from Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." Sure enough, eventually they consistently came.

Once Tree & Leaf opened it's newest retail location in the Plaza District, it only seemed appropriate to move Drink & Draw to the more centrally located space. Since the move we've averaged an attendance of about 25 people. Each night is a new adventure, conversation, and unorthadox lesson in art. I can't thank all our attendees enough for helping make this a really amazing weekly event. I especially want to thank Edgardo George, Lance King, and Hector Lopez for making Drink & Draw their own. On the nights of low attendance, I can expect to see them ready to draw and anxious with ideas of how to grow Drink & Draw further.

Drink & Draw is the little baby of Tree & Leaf, and it's time for it to take it's next big step in growth. Over the last few months I've been rolling over ideas of how to increase the reach of Drink & Draw. It's time for Drink & Draw to get on it's legs and move around a little. I'm excited to announce that Drink & Draw will now be shared with our friends at Brass Bell Studios and The Okay See! We feel that both these gathering spaces share a likemindedness with Tree & Leaf but host their own unique demographics. By allowing Drink & Draw to travel, we open up the doors to more people, more creativity, and more ideas. Consistency is still absolutely a must, Drink & Draw will be hosted every Thursday from 8-11pm. 

Drink & Draw will still be at Tree & Leaf on the majority of Thursdays, but to keep it relatively simple, here is the new schedule:

1st Thursday: The Okay See

2nd Thursday: Brass Bell Studios

3rd - 4th - 5th Thursdays: Tree & Leaf

We will also be posting on all our social networks every Thursday at which location it will be, and for you non-social networker we've built an 'Events' page which will provide a monthly view of where D&D will be along with other T&L events. The new locations are relatively close to each other, here is a pretty straightforward map in case you haven't visited the other spaces:

Thanks again to all our usual attendees for making Drink & Draw a ton of fun and teaching me how to be a better artist. Thank you to Brass Bells and The Okay See for hosting the event once a month, I'm anxious to see this get bigger. Keep up the great work, everyone!