"Sometimes I see myself as an advanced doodler," McCord, 56, of
Like a saxophone player who enjoys practicing with fellow jazz musicians, McCord said he'd like to find fellow artists to hang out and sketch with for fun. He's starting an "Urban Sketchers" group, hoping a few will gather for the first meeting, scheduled for
The group will meet in front of
"It's a chance to get out and have fun. Nobody is going to be criticizing you or judging you," McCord said.
McCord made efforts to get the word out about the group by talking to representatives of the Allied Artists of
McCord enjoys drawing people, places and things. He draws in pencil and dabbles in watercolor, and his sketchbooks are filled with his illustrations.
"I've been drawing ever since I was a kid," McCord said.
"I studied advertising art. But I'm not a draftsman. I'm a sketcher. I don't try to do a perfect recreation of reality. I'm looking, more or less, to entertain myself and enjoy what I'm doing while I'm drawing a picture," he said.
While he'd been drawing for years, McCord said he'd suffered some insecurity about displaying his art.
"It's good to have people see your work. Last year, I started to post some of my sketches on
McCord took second place in "Category II -- Paintings, Under Glass" for his illustration, "The Walk Home," in
In July, McCord will have a studio at the
"It's a place to work and display your work, and it gives you an opportunity to collaborate," McCord said.
McCord is also a member of the
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