Substantial Art & Music Presents Sketchpads at Creative Suitland Arts Center

By Editorial Team on October 17, 2022

Event: Saturday, October 22 at 2pm

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Sketchpads is a live art and music “jam session” featuring live illustrations by a visual artist and a live beat set by a music producer. The space serves as an artist lounge where attendees can observe, ask questions, use the space to work on their art or draw a live model.

Substantial Art & Music, a multimedia arts organization is pleased to announce SketchPads, a live art and music session. The event will be held at Creative Suitland Arts Center in Suitland, Maryland on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.

Substantial Art & Music, a multimedia arts organization is pleased to announce SketchPads, a live art and music session. The event will be held at Creative Suitland Arts Center in Suitland, Maryland on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets to the event will be available on August 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET via Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/Sketchpads-CS. Sketchpads is a live art and music “jam session” featuring live illustrations by a visual artist and a live beat set by a music producer. The space serves as an artist lounge where attendees can observe, ask questions, use the space to work on their art or draw a live model. SketchPads at Creative Suitland will feature artist and Suitland High School alum, Lawrence “Naturel” Atoigue and emcee/producer and Suitland resident Micheal “yU” Willingham Jr. Naturel, is an illustrative-based artist. His futuristic illustrations have successfully blended methods of Pop and Cubism with a surrealist vision. His talents have attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Macklemore, LeBron James, Swizz Beatz, and countless others. yU first gained acclaim as a member of the Washington DC group Diamond District along with Oddisee and XO. He continued to garner success with his solo debut Before Taxes which was named the Best of 2010 List by HipHopDX, Al Lindstrom, and Above Ground Magazine. yU has toured Europe and has made appearances at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Apart from being a prolific emcee, yU is an accomplished music producer. “As a visual and performing artist, I envisioned an event that highlights both visual and performing arts instead of forcing a promoter or audience to choose. I love that SketchPads allows both to coexist on stage together while also allowing the audience to observe, participate, and/or engage with the featured artists. It’s something truly unique.” says Stan “Substantial” Robinson, Substantial Art & Music Co-founder/Co-CEO.

Substantial Art & Music debuted SketchPads this summer at multi genre conventions, BlerDCon in Arlington, VA, and Otakon in Washington, DC. Both events were well attended and left a positive impression on both attendees and guest artists. “I had a great, great time, I hope you’ll do it again,” said Gabe “Asheru” Benn of Guerilla Arts Ink, an Otakon 2022 attendee. This event is made possible through the generous support of Words Beats & Life, BLICK Art Materials, and CLIP STUDIO PAINT. About Substantial Art & Music Substantial Art & Music, LLC (SAM) is a multimedia organization focused on providing consulting services to the visual and performing arts community. SAM was founded in 2017, by husband and wife duo Stan “Substantial” Robinson and Rachelle Etienne-Robinson. Together they provide design and consulting services to emerging and established independent artists, entrepreneurs and organizations. SAM provides professional advice and guidance through consultations, workshops, webinars as well as provide additional services like graphic/web design. SAM has facilitated workshops at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Pratt Institute, and Otakon. In addition, Stan and Rachelle produce and host a biweekly podcast called ARTdustry: where art meets industry. SAM has produced special events that have been featured in several media outlets like WTOP, Washington Informer, and Fox 5 DC. In 2020, SAM was named Carib Biz Network Top 50 Influential Caribbean American Entrepreneurs & Freelancers. About Creative Suitland Creative Suitland Arts Center is a non-profit arts-based community development strategy to include residents and businesses in defining the cultural and creative spirit of the greater Suitland area. Creative Suitland’s vision is to boost a creative economy, create a gathering space for all ages and cultures, and improve the health of individuals through innovation and creativity. Essentially, Creative Suitland Arts Center is a cultural hub for the region to gather, learn, have fun, and express themselves through art.

Creative Suitland Arts Center is located at 4719 Silver Hill Road Suitland-Silver Hill, MD.