Every year Quebec City holds the Festivale de Nouvelle France. It is a celebration of the French landing here and setting up shop. It’s a celebration of French culture. It’s a celebration of traditional foods. And it’s a heck of a good excuse for adults to dress up in costumes and roam the streets of old Quebec.
It’s also a great opportunity for sketchers who want to sketch people dressed as peasants, royalty, pirates, military, indians, and vendors. I was a peasant myself – a peasant with a pen and a sketchbook.
I’m not very good at this kind of sketching. Generally your subject is in a crowd of people and you have only a very short time to capture their geometry. Once done, you’ve got a variable, though always short period of time, to fill in the details from a subject that’s moving constantly, often away from, blending back into the crowd. Here are a few of my attempts; it sure was fun.