Sketchbound’s latest meet ups at LPQ Marina Mall & Dubai Mall


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Sketchbound now has two meet-ups happening in Dubai City, both were organised for Monday nights, however this was causing confusion and so the Marina meet-ups were rescheduled for Sunday Nights. Last Sunday’s meet-up on the 8th June was a great … Continue reading

Dubai Mall meet-up


A new group of Sketchbound Dubai commenced on Monday 19th May at Le Pain Quotidien, Dubai Mall. I met with the new members and we took our seats at the communal table. Sketchbooks and art materials of choice took centre stage on the table. After introductions between everyone the conversation flowed about our interest in sketching and why we sketch. Stories were shared and the enthusiasm for meeting weekly was wonderful. This new group of Sketchbound will meet-up every Friday at Le Pain Quotidient in Dubai Mall from 7pm.

Before I had the opportunity to take photographs two of the members had to leave. The following are images by Omer, Geri and I. Sketchbound’s second sketching group is off to a great start! Don’t forget to join our facebook group page and upload your drawings there!

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Le Pain Quotidien is located Level 1, by the Ice Rink.

If travelling to LPQ, Dubai Mall by car, use Cinema Parking, level 1

Change of scenery…

On Monday 14th of April, instead of our usual venue at Le Pain Quotidien at Dubai Marina Mall. I am excited and very pleased to announce that Polar Bear Creative will host our next Sketchbound meeting at their premises in Business Bay Dubai at 7pm.

It is a great opportunity for Sketchbound to sketch in a dedicated creative space and interact with the people of Polar Bear!

A huge thanks to Sketchbound member Dina Saadi and the owner of Polar Bear Creative for the invitation.

It will be a great night of creativity, so pencil this date and venue in your diaries and I’ll see you there…

Polar Bear Creative Location:
#1505, 15th Floor,
International Business Tower,
Business Bay
Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, UAE

You can follow Polar Bear Creative on facebook and twitter too!

It’s National Pencil Day, so sharpen your pencils…

Did you know…

On this day in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the first-ever patent for a modern pencil with an eraser attached to it.


A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long.


A pencil can write underwater, upside down, or in zero gravity.


Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor (People quickly began assuming that yellow pencils were the best type!)



A pencil is called a ‘pencil’, because…

In Middle English the word, spelled pencel, meant “artist’s brush.” It was borrowed from Old French pincel or peincel, related to Modern French peinture “painting.” The French inherited the word from the Latin penicillus, for “little tail.” ~ Robert Linsford (


Notable pencil users (Wikipedia)

Thomas Edison had his pencils specially made by Eagle Pencil. Each pencil was three inches long, was thicker than standard pencils and had softer graphite than was normally available.

Vladimir Nabokov rewrote everything he had ever published, usually several times, by pencil.John Steinbeck was an obsessive pencil user and is said to have used as many as 60 a day. His novel East of Eden took more than 300 pencils to write.

Vincent van Gogh used only Faber pencils as they were “superior to Carpenters pencils, a capital black and most agreeable”.

Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.

Roald Dahl used only pencils with yellow casing to write his books. He had 6 sharpened pencils ready at the beginning of each day and only when all 6 pencils became unusable did he resharpen them.



In 2012, when I founded Sketchbound, the first sketch I drew for the group’s image was instinctively a pencil.

Here is that sketch!


Happy National Pencil day from everyone at Sketchbound!


It has been raining in Dubai since yesterday. There is beauty in the rain and a welcome change to Dubai’s usual weather, it brings a calming and cooling effect to the air.

For our next Sketchbound Dubai meet-up, the theme will be ‘Rain’! Hope to see you there, we will meet on Monday 31st from 7.30pm at Le Pain Quotidien at Marina Mall the the communal table.

Have your sketchbook and pencils at the ready!! See you there…