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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jumping In



The 36th International Sketchcrawl coincided with the final day of the Urban Sketching Symposium in Santo Domingo. I completed a pretty good-sized sketch of the main plaza, and was looking for other subjects when I saw a crowd gathering around some high-energy musicians playing hot reggae and Latin music.  I've never even attempted to sketch such a scene before, but my new friend and reportage illustrator Veronica Lawlor was fearlessly capturing the scene with her dip pen and ink bottle.  I was inspired, and so jumped in.  None of these guys would recognize themselves in this image, but maybe they'd recognize the energy of their performance.

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  1. So glad I have the sketch of the main plaza but I love the crazy energy of this one too!

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    1. Thank you Shari! I'm honored that you own one of my sketches. I'm looking forward to belatedly starting my collection of Blaukopf originals.

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  2. Are these the Lavender Shadows that Marktaro refers to in his blog??

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    1. No Tim, Mark was thumbing thru my South America sketches at the Quintana Bar the first night of the symposium. The sketch he's referring to is here:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesrichardsdrawings/7503074948/in/photostream

      At the same time, I learned a great deal from Marc's workshop called "Tea, Milk and Honey."

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  3. Jim, I saw the larger group the night before in the Calle Pedro Bellini Plaza on my way back to my hotel. Here's a vid I made with my phone while there:http://www.flickr.com/photos/bmgarner/7593951326/in/set-72157630628091324

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