The pencil sketch below was drawn on-location at the kickoff of the French Quarter Festival Second Line Parade last spring. Taking a lesson from legendary artist-reporter Franklin McMahon, I arrived early, and sketched in the city context before the action started, leaving enough blank space in the middle of the scene to add the revelers when they arrived. As the parade approached, I quickly sketched a few quick figures and the placement of the signs. Then, as colorful characters strutted past (like the man with the sash far left), I simply drew them into the crowd. The sketch came together when I added darks in the foreground to separate people in the crowd and add some needed contrast. I did several pencil sketches that day, and added color was later in the studio.
Enjoy your parades and festivals wherever you are!
|The French Quarter Festival Second Line Parade moving up Bourbon Street.|
|Buildings drawn before parade arrived, then paraders sketched in quickly as they passed.|
|Colors were added later, and tried to capture the festive spirit of the morning.|