Sketching In A Target-Rich Environment

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.

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4 thoughts on “Sketching In A Target-Rich Environment

  1. Nice work! I like how you’ve been venturing out of your comfort zone to sketch more people lately!

    – Tina

    • …Tina, you say that everytime I post people sketches. I’ve done hundreds of these so I’m not sure about ‘venturing’ anywhere 🙂 Still, if given a choice, people are last on my list of subjects.

      Cheers — Larry

  2. Good good good culture, history and wonderful costumes. Every year! Thats great. I think all of your sketches were very good and the color you chose was perfect for the characters.

    • Yes, this is only my second year of attending but I guess it’s been going on for several years now. I even dressed up this year.

      Cheers — Larry

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