This year as in the past years I have set up a booth at the International Festival to sketch portraits for free. The festival is organized by the International House and features performances, cultural booths and vendors on the first Sunday of the October.
In the past I had only one or two artists. This year there were six artists. Thank you to Scott Shepherd, Tom Corbett, Lynn at Lynn_CoMo, Duke at Dukekm, and Dawn at PaintedbyDawn . And myself at MarleneLeeArt
The International Festival is an annual event hosted by the International House. Second time to participate at the portrait drawing booth, Scott Shepard and I spend 5 hours sketching portraits for the various visitors. Fortunately, Kaitlyn, an UCD art student, joined us to ease the long lines.
The participants were great models – sitting for us from 10 to 20 minutes. It was great time to know their stories, where they are from, how they arrived at the States, and what they hoped to achieved while here. I met people from South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, Sudan, Persia….I even learned that handball is popular in Ireland, not soccer.
The International Festival happened yesterday. The weather was perfect – not too hot and breezy. Another artist Scott Shephard and I sketched portraits for 5 hours. Kaitlyn, a UCD art student later joined us, making us a threesome to handled the long lines of people who wanted their portraits sketched. We met many people from all over the world – South Africa, Ireland, Persia, Korea…..Cool, breezy weather made this a pleasant event.
Here are some of the sketches I did….At the end I did 18 portrait sketches….
A few years ago, I was invited to draw with other artists in a Montessori type school that held their Renaissance Fair during the Spring. We would come in and draw from 9 to 3 with a lunch break. It was quite popular. All the kids and even their parents would lined up to be sketched up in various different mediums and styles.
So with that experience in mind, I approached the International House in Davis about having artists draw portraits for free during the International Festival. I live in a college town. They thought it was a good idea. I put out a call for artists but got only one artist to join me. It was wildly successful! We drew nonstop from 12 to 5 pm with tiny breaks in between.
I estimated my time to be about 10 minutes. My sketches were done with pencil and white charcoal on toned paper. Quick! Just about 2 inch heads. I have to say this is something I would love to do next year with a few more artists to pitch in.